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Machu Picchu, Peru Vacation Travel

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When to go?
With its mystical origins and geological magnificence, Macchu Picchu is an exciting travel destination. The summer, January through March, is humid, with 13 inches average rainfall. The crisp, dry months of May and June are ideal, and the winter months of July and August are still pleasant. Always dress in layers, as this Incan stronghold sits majestically high in the Andes, at 7,700 feet.

Where to stay?
The big decision in Macchu Picchu is whether to do it in a day; by train and bus, 3.5 hours from the charming but touristy city of Cuzco, or to strain your budget to stay in one of two hotels adjacent to the site. Visitors who have done the latter rhapsodize about the religious experience of waking early to see the sun rise above the Andes, silhouetting the rock ruins.

What to do?
The key here is balance. Try to spend some time with a guide to understand the Incan and Spanish roots of Macchu Picchu. But then set off on your own exploration, especially fun for children whose imaginations will run wild. It is imperative to get away from the crowds, to experience the silence and spiritual quality of the Andes and the living history you find yourself amidst.


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