Machu Picchu isn’t just an archaeological wonder: It’s also an architectural masterpiece. With more than 200 buildings that we know of, intelligently divided into urban and agricultural sectors and an upper town and lower town, there are no finer examples of Inca planning and construction. As you take a tour of Machu Picchu, you’ll see […]
“Can you hear me?” My voice booms out unnaturally over the canyon. In Peru in general, and in rural Peru in particular, cell-phone signals tend to be sketchy even under ideal conditions, so it’s a tiny miracle when Kiki, my journalist friend, comes through loud and clear. “Claro, hombre. Es increíble, ¿no?” Kiki and I […]
So you’ve finally done it. You’ve bought your PeruRail tickets, your entrance pass, and your chuyo, and you’re on your way to Machu Picchu. Mission accomplished—at least the first stage. By now your envious friends are blowing up your Facebook page with “OMG! How exciting!” posts and asking you to fill up your memory card […]
In 1911, Yale scholar Hiram Bingham rediscovered Machu Picchu. Although he thought, incorrectly, that he had found the last refuge of the Incas (this was actually Vilcabamba), there is no doubt that what he did find has turned out to be much more significant for visitors to Peru. In 1912, Bingham sent a number of […]
LAN Airlines (now know as Latam Airlines Group) recently announced two new routes, direct flights from Lima, Peru to Easter Island, Chile and Iguazu Falls, Brazil, beginning in January, 2011. These new flights will save time and money for passengers by eliminating connecting flights in Santiago, Chile and either Sao Paulo, Brazil or Buenos Aires, […]
Rail service to Machu Picchu, in Peru, has reopened after months of repairs. The railway was damaged by flooding and mudslides at the end of January, and service had been partially restored in April. The mountaintop Inca citadel, with an average of more than 2,000 passengers per day, is the most visited site in South America.
The latest information that we have received from Peru indicates that FTSA, the operator of the railroad on the train route from Cusco to Machu Picchu, has made substantial progress in restoring the railroad to working order. So far, the routes from km 82 (Piscacucho) to km 90 and from km 106 to km 110 […]