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Here’s all you need to know if you want to visit this spectacular destination in the near future.

The first common doubt that we’ll clear out is Machu Picchu’s location. Although it is in Cusco, it’s not at a walking distance from the city, you actually need to take a train to get there.

Another common mistake concerns the altitude of this astounding Inca Citadel. Many think, probably because of pictures which show Machu Picchu amidst the cloudy mountains, that the ruins are higher above sea level than the City of Cusco but the truth is they’re not! While Cusco City stands at 3,350 meters above sea level, Machu Picchu reaches 2,438 meters, which makes it  almost 1,000 lower.

That being cleared out, we strongly suggest you take AT LEAST a two day trip if you’re planning to visit Machu Picchu. Here’s why:

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Mistura Documental

Short documentary ‘Mistura: the Power of Food’ won Best Short Film and its director, Patricia Perez, won an award for Food Filmmaker of The Year, during this year’s New York City Food Film Festival (NYCFFF), in the United States.

‘Mistura: the Power of Food’ opened last weekend in Manhattan, as part of the official selection of said event, where it was the only film that sold out three days before its screening. (more…)

Hiram Bingham was an American historian credited with bringing the ancient Inca site of Machu Picchu to world attention.

Hiram Bingham luxury train

Hiram Bingham luxury train

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Cusco tourist

Cusco tourist

A total of 302,035 foreign and domestic tourists visited the alternative sites to the Inca citadel of Machu Picchu between January and July, which represents an increase of 16 percent, Cusco’s Committee on Tourist-Cultural Integrated Services (Cosituc) said Thursday.

Cosituc is the organization responsible for the collection, administration and distribution of resources obtained from the sale of Cusco’s Tourist Ticket, which offers 16 attractions located in the Sacred Valley of the Incas, the South Valley and the Imperial City. (more…)