My Top 5 For A Visit to Machu Picchu

I cannot say enough about Machu Picchu. This is a place that looks so incredible in every picture I see. A place set in the steep mountains that seemingly reaches the heavens. How the Incans discovered and built this city is beyond imagination. So, I finally get my chance to visit here and I am doing this right!

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Incredibly beautiful Machu Picchu!

1. Obviously visit Machu Picchu

Plan to spend lots of time here, especially if the world is good. Aside from touring the place, be sure to set aside time to wander around on your own. You will be pleasantly surprised about what is always around the next corner. Machu Picchu is spectacularly beautiful!

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Feeling Machu Picchu

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Reaching for the sky at Machu Picchu

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This place is unbelievable!

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I love Machu Picchu!

2. Take the Hiram Bingham train. It is a classic luxury train that runs between Cusco and Machu Picchu. This is where I am talking about doing it right. My journey starts with a champagne greeting and a traditional ceremony and music before boarding. Very cool! The food and service on the train were outstanding and they are so accommodating in every way. Next, wander back to the bar car for a lively and fun atmosphere. Here I enjoyed fantastic live music and the views through Sacred Valley to Machu Picchu. The band was so much fun and they get the passengers into the fun. I cannot say enough about this experience and to me, it is worth every penny!

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Getting ready to board the Hiram Bingham train for Machu Picchu.

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Taking a blessing before my journey to Machu Picchu.

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Enjoying the show!

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A little dancing before my journey!

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Doing a little shopping during one of our stops.

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The band on the Hiram Bingham Train was so much fun and even better than amazing.

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What an amazing journey to Machu Picchu!

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The food was amazing on the Hiram Bingham Train to Machu Picchu.

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The service was impeccable onboard the Hiram Bingham train to Machu Picchu.

3. Hike to Sun Gate

This hike takes you on the path that was followed by the Incans to go to and from Machu Picchu. You gain altitude from Machu Picchu and can enjoy more ancient ruins and incredible vistas of the valley below. This is also a good way to get away from the crowds at Machu Picchu. There are other amazing hikes here that I will do on my next visit.

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On my way to Sun Gate.

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Hiking to Sun Gate at Machu Picchu.

4.Stay at the Belmond Sanctuary Lodge

Here convenience rules the day as the lodge is situated right next to the entrance of Machu Picchu. You can more easily beat the crowds by either entering early or staying later than the rest of the tourists. The food is good here and I attended a session on to make a Pisco Sour, there national drink. Be sure to wander the grounds and gardens and connect with this beautiful place.

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Taking it in at the Belmund Sanctuary Lodge.

5. Stop and take it all in…

Watch the llamas, some might even do a selfie with you but do not expect much from these not so curious and ever so hungry creatures that are most interested in eating. Take a break, sit and relax, and really take in the views. There are few places in the world where you can enjoy this kind of experience. Enjoy a sunset, a sunrise, and connect spiritually with this beautiful place that seemingly touches the heavens.

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Thinking he might just fit in my suitcase?

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Nothing better than a high-five from the locals!

I am so impressed with Machu Picchu. I have to go back!

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