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Essay and photos by Rodney L. Dodig Picchu train: Stay awake and enjoy the ride
En route to Machu Picchu. If you sleep, you’ll miss out on wonderful vistas. click to enlarge

After the February floods in the region of Cusco and the recent reopening of Machu Picchu, I started thinking about my visit to this beautiful city and the train ride I took to visit Inca citadel. Much has been written about both Cusco and Machu Picchu but I have yet to read much about the trip between these two beautiful areas except for articles on the Inca Trail.

There are three trains that will take you from Cusco to Aguas Calientes: the Backpacker, the Vistadome and the Hiram Bingham. The Hiram Bingham is a luxury train ($588 round trip) with sit down dining and a club car, whereas the Backpacker ($96) and the Vistadome ($142) are more for those on a budget. On my visit to Machu Picchu I took the Backpacker. It is a comfortable train and they do sell food and drinks on the four-plus hour trip from Cusco to Machu Picchu.

(Note: As of this writing, the train is running between Ollantaytambo and Agua Calientes. See map here. Authorities say the full train service should be ready on June 1.)

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By Debra Bouwer Nomadic Adventures

The Famed Inca Trail in PeruNestled high in the Andes at an altitude of 2350m, and overshadowed by a 300m peak, lies an Old Mountain. For years, the morning mists settled on this ancient site keeping the complex beneath it shrouded in mystery. Overgrown with dense vegetation, it remained hidden from the outside world until 1911, when an archaeologist named Hiram Bingham ‘officially’ discovered the site. “Old Mountain” was home to the ancient Inca Fortress, better known today as Machu Picchu.

Thought to have been built by the Incan ruler, Pachacuti Inca Yapancui, the sanctuary of Machu Picchu overlooks the deep canyon of the Urubamba River, and covers an area of 5 square kilometers. It is part of the larger Machu Picchu Heritage site, spanning an area of  32,600 hectares and is home to numerous archaeological wonders and a myriad of magnificent flora and fauna.

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By Stuart Starrs

Machu Picchu the Nature Reserve in PeruThe platystele oxiglossa at just three centimetres tall with a flower of only two millimetres and the great Tahua Tahua that reaches five metres tall with a flower of eight centimetres are just two of 400 species of orchids growing in the sanctuary of Machu Picchu.

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By Ben Jonjak
The Inca Trail is no Place for Soft Journalists
I just read an article about Peru on TimesOnline that I have to respond to. The article was written by an apparently soft travel correspondent called Penny Wark about her experience hiking the Inca trail (the three day option). During her short write-up ("Correspondents: why it’s an uphill struggle to Machu Picchu") she was rude enough to actually print that, "the trek to Machu Picchu is so grim, so joyless, I am baffled as to why nobody has slapped it with a misery warning."

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The Wall Street Journal
Judith H. Dobrzynski

This lost city of the Incas, perched in the Peruvian Andes, continues to take visitors’ breath away.

Peru: Mysterious Machu Picchu It’s July 1911. This morning in the Peruvian Andes had dawned in a chilly drizzle, but now, hours later, it is hot and sticky, and Hiram Bingham is tired. He had crawled across a primitive log bridge spanning a river foaming with rapids. He had struggled up a densely jungled bank, only to reach the base of a precipitous, slippery and snake-ridden slope. Again, he had climbed, finally reaching a clearing where he, his native guide and an armed guard had met a few Indians, who shared their water-filled gourds and sweet potatoes. The ruins Bingham was seeking were "a little further along," he learned — but, given the iffy nature of those reports, he had few expectations.

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New Zealand News

Breathing. It’s something we take for granted.

Peru: Every breath is sweet at Machu Picchu But when it comes to climbing a steep mountain at an altitude of 4,500 metres en route to the famous Inca site of Machu Picchu in Peru, every breath you take is sweeter than honey.

At this height every step is a struggle on this arduous trek, your head is spinning through lack of oxygen and a bitter cold wind strikes your sweat-soaked back as you wonder whether it’s all worth it.

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By James Michael Dorsey

Special To The Sentinel

Machu Picchu, Cusco, PeruMy wife and I had spent a wonderful day climbing through the ruins of Machu Picchu in Peru, and we were ready for a large dinner.

We were staying in a little hotel at the base of the mighty granite cliffs that house this ancient ruin, and right next to the raging Urumbamba river. This is in the thick of the Peruvian jungle, and it is rustic dining at its best.

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By Rory Carroll

Machu Picchu, Cuzco, Peru The headlines from Peru look bleak. Tourist hordes overwhelming Inca sites. Huge new hotels endangering Machu Picchu. A wonder of the world cracking at the seams.

The news is not as bad as it looks. Globalisation has not scalped another victim, not yet anyway, and concealed in these tidings of woe are reasons to cheer.

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By Jeremy Kressmann

Inca Trail, Peru World travelers just can’t get enough of Peru’s famous Inca Trail. But has the Inca Trail had enough of them? It may come as surprise to anyone still planning summer travel to Peru, but the world-famous path to Machu Picchu is completely sold out for the 2008 summer travel season, with the next available opening in September 2008.

As veteran Peru trekkers might know, the Peruvian government began imposing restrictions in 2005 on the number of hikers who could take the path each day to no more than 500.

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By Aurore Jouanin

Alternative Inca trail in Peru The South American country of Peru is every trekker’s dream come true and often figures at the top of travellers’ wish lists. Every year, the world famous Inca trail attracts millions of visitors from around the world who come to walk in the steps of the people who built the sacred city of Machu Picchu. However, people who spent time in the area will tell you the Salkantay trail is a rewarding alternative to the busy Inca trail.

The world famous trek can remind you of Saturday shopping on London’s Oxford Street, whereas the Salkantay trail will offer nothing but pure wilderness, peace and physical challenge.