Yeah, we love it too. This photo got some lovin' on our #travel focused Instagram this week. Machu Picchu is one of those instant guaranteed winners for us. It evokes such a feeling of adventure, mystery, exploration, and history, that we hardly need to add a caption. The formula is pretty simple: 1) Post a picture of MaPi in the clouds. 2) People dream about travel.
Too much tourism can affect a country in some negative ways. Travel can cause pollution, travel can push people off their desirable land in favor of large, foreign-owned resorts, and travel can bring unwanted change to a country’s culture. Islands in the Caribbean Sea along big cruise ship routes can attest to this phenomenon. While tourism brings employment and money, it’s not all necessarily good news.
Every country has must-see destinations or essential experiences. These five unforgettable experiences deserve to be listed right beside those, the only difference is that you'll probably be the only one of your friends who have gone there.
1. Hiking the Inca Trail is the only way to get to Machu Picchu.
Thousands of travelers visit Machu Picchu every day, and only a fraction of these visitors got there via the Inca Trail. After hiking for four days through sparsely populated mountains, many Inca Trail hikers are surprised to find a small but bustling modern town at the base of the mountain, complete with a crowded train station. The Peruvian train system is extensive, and has been shuttling travelers to the base of Machu Picchu mountain from the Sacred Valley for years.