15 Things to Do in Aguas Calientes (Besides Machu Picchu!)

A Machu Picchu sign and blue train parked in Aguas Calientes Peru

A lot of travelers hate Aguas Calientes. They’ll tell you to get out as soon as possible. But guess what. I quite enjoyed it! Aguas Calientes means “Hot Waters”, after the hot springs in town. Also called Machu Picchu Pueblo or Machu Picchu Village, it is 100% a tourist town created solely to cater to …

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Hiking to Inca Bridge at Machu Picchu: A Detailed Guide

Hiking to the Inca Bridge at Machu Picchu

The Inca Bridge (Puente Inka) at Machu Picchu is a one-of-a-kind attraction. It is one of the few remaining Inca-built bridges in existence. The bridge spans a gap in a narrow stone trail, a secret entrance to Machu Picchu, that runs along a towering cliff. Comparatively few tourists hike the short (30-minute return) trail to …

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The 4-Day Inca Trail: A Day-by-Day Guide

A guide to doing the Inca Trail 4 Days Hike

The classic 4-Day Inca Trail to Machu Picchu is one of the world’s great hikes. It is the same route that the ancient Inca rulers used for reaching the sacred Citadel and New World Wonder. Along the way, there are half a dozen other major ruins, plus countless more smaller ones. Today, the 4-day trail …

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5 Must-Try Restaurants in Ollantaytambo

A guide to the best places to eat in Ollantaytambo Peru

One of my biggest surprises when visiting the Sacred Valley in Peru was the exceptionally high quality of the food. Again and again, I enjoyed high-end restaurant food and presentation, but for surprisingly low prices. Ollantaytambo, my favorite town in the Sacred Valley, is home to only a few thousand people. It is most famous …

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30 Impressive Ruins in Cusco Region (besides Machu Picchu!)

The best ruins in Cusco region

People often associate Cusco, the ancient Inca capital, with Machu Picchu, the most famous Inca site. Many visitors fly into Cusco, rush to see Machu Picchu, and then fly out. But did you know that the Cusco region has nearly 100 other major archaeological sites, and countless other smaller ones? In this article, I’m going …

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