There are many ways to visit the famous ruins at the Machu Picchu Sanctuary in Peru. Trekkers can hike and camp along the full 25-mile Inca Trail that leads into the Sanctuary. Those who enjoy hiking, but don’t want to camp, can do just the final stretch of the Inca Trail as a one day hike. And non-hikers can visit the Machu Picchu Sanctuary by train and shuttle bus. Machu Picchu is the name of the Incan archaeological complex that sits on a hill above the Urubamba river and the small town of Machu Picchu Pueblo (previously called Aguas Calientes). The town lies at an altitude of 6700 feet above sea level, and the Machu Picchu ruins are perched at 7972 feet. The ruins are nestled between two peaks, Huayna Picchu Mountain and Machu Picchu Mountain, and both peaks can be climbed by visitors if you have the required hiking permits in advance. In this blog post, we’ll share some tips on how to choose between these two spectacular Machu Picchu hikes, if you’d like to include one during your Machu Picchu Tour.
Belize may be a tiny country at only 9,000 square miles, but the abundance of activities and diversity of landscapes and wildlife make it a top travel destination year after year. From lush jungles, exotic wildlife sanctuaries, rushing rivers and waterfalls, cenotes and cave exploration, ancient Mayan ruins, white sand Caribbean beaches, large and healthy coral reef systems, and water activities galore, Belize is the perfect place for an adventurous honeymoon. Belize is also a relatively short flight from any major US city - averaging about 7 hours - so it’s perfect for the intrepid traveler seeking a truly exotic experience, but wanting to avoid the double digit flight hours required to visit Asia, Africa, or Europe.
Mose-oa-Tunya or “the smoke that thunders” is the original name that the Kalolo-Lozi people gave to Victoria Falls, due to the roaring noise of the water as it plunges to the ground and the billowing clouds of mist that rise up and soak everything and everyone in its vicinity. Victoria Falls is one of the Seven Natural Wonders of the World, a UNESCO World Heritage Site, and the world’s largest waterfall in the wet season. The sheer energy one feels in its presence is undeniable…easily comprehending why Victoria Falls is a thing of romance and myth and something we recommend to include on any Zambia Tour or Zimbabwe Tour.
Cambodia is a true gem of Southeast Asia. It is a country of contrasts with ancient architecture being swallowed up by the surrounding jungles at Ta Prohm, while just down the road, Siem Reap offers luxury accommodations, modern amenities, and fine dining.