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Machu Picchu has to be on everyone’s bucket list. Most of us have heard of the Inca Trail. Hard to get permits and hard work due to altitude. And personally I dont like the porters carrying everything for you and the rubbish. So we offer the last section only, coming out at the magnificent gate overlooking the forgotten city of the Incas. Learn about Pacha Mamma. She is everywhere. We foolishly call her the virgin Mary, but she so isn’t. Eat Alpaca and guinea pig. Alpaca tastes good. Guinea pig is interesting but more effort than its worth, like frogs legs.

Its incredible that a handful of spaniards defeated this whole great warlike nation, mainly by religious trickery, technical weapon superiority and ruthless kidnapping. But amazingly they wrote it up in books and other spaniards repeated the exactly same formula in Mexico!

One option to get around this mountainous country is the luxury Belmond Train, but AX offer private car and rail transfers too. Cusco is high. Don't be foolish - take time to acclimatise or you will regret it! I didnt go to Rainbow Mountain. You should...

Lake Titikaka is the worlds highest lake at 4,000m or more. It has floating islands made of reeds with reed boats. Fascinating, but modernity is not a mile away still. I found the mix of old and new fascinating.

The Colca Canyon is beautiful. At 9am all the Condors rise on thermals and everyone gathers to see them. The terraced farming is interesting too, as is the microclimate agriculture and the colourful salt pans.

Incredibly AX have an experience there you can complete in a week, but personally I would go for 10 days

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