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Archaeologists Discover Astronomical Observatory At Machu Picchu

Archaeologists Discover Astronomical Observatory At Machu Picchu Sep 16th, 2013 at 11:00AM: Allard Schmidt Archaeologists excavating at the famous Inca site of Machu Picchu in Peru have discovered the remains of an astronomical observatory. The Peruvian-Polish team cleared away an unexcavated building of the well-preserved Inca retreat, now the most popular destination in the country, and found that the stones of the structure have astronomical alignments. The team used 3D laser...

How Far Can You Get On Three Wheels? Piaggio Ape Adventures

Jun 22nd, 2013 at 4:00PM: "Taurinorum Charity Rally 2012 - APEMAYA Official trailer" from Taurinorum Travel Team on Vimeo. On my recent trip to Italy, I fell hard for the tiny Piaggio Ape (say AH-peh, means bee in Italian, for its pleasant hum), a glorified Vespa scooter with a truck bed or a back seat attached. In Italy and India, you see the adorable vehicles everywhere, outfitted as delivery trucks or touristy...

Video: A Few Weeks In Peru

Feb 16th, 2013 at 8:00AM: Peru is one of the best adventure travel destinations in all of South America, if not the world. With its interesting mix of culture, history and natural wonders, there truly is something for everyone. Whether trekking the Andes, exploring the Amazon or visiting Machu Picchu, travelers seldom go home disappointed with everything the country has to offer. All of that is captured perfectly in...

Win A Trip To South America With Richard Bangs

Win A Trip To South America With Richard Bangs Dec 22nd, 2012 at 9:00AM: South America is a land of diverse cultures, stunning scenery and breathtaking adventure. Travelers can climb to the highest peaks of the Andes, experience unique wildlife, explore the biodiversity of the Amazon and indulge in a variety of wonderful cuisines. The continent truly does have something to offer nearly every kind of traveler and now television personality Richard Bangs wants to take...

Peruvian Government Announces Plans For New Airport Near Machu Picchu

Peruvian Government Announces Plans For New Airport Near Machu Picchu Aug 24th, 2012 at 9:30AM: According to press reports, Peru's President, Ollanta Humala, has announced that his government has committed some $460 million towards the creation of a new airport near Cusco to boost tourism in Machu Picchu. Humala said that the current airport in Cusco is inadequate and expressed hope that a new facility would bring more tourism dollars to the country. In recent years, Peru has moved to...

The Most Expensive Way To Get To Machu Picchu

The Most Expensive Way To Get To Machu Picchu Aug 17th, 2012 at 9:00AM: Getting to Machu Picchu really is half the fun. Although the site isn't nearly as difficult to reach as it was in 1911 when historian Hiram Bingham (pictured above in a historical photograph) brought the ruins to the attention of the world, it's still no walk in the park to get there. For starters, no roads lead directly from main points of entry – Lima and Cusco – to Machu...

The 25 Best Contemporary Travel Books

Aug 16th, 2012 at 11:00AM: The only thing that can get me through periods of inertia when I can't travel is a good book. Twenty years ago, I picked up a copy of Paul Theroux's "The Great Railway Bazaar" and have been a restless wanderer ever since. Over the years, great books have inspired me to travel but have also filled in my gaps in knowledge about places I'm probably not brave enough to visit, like Congo or...

Bestselling Author Mark Adams On Machu Picchu

Bestselling Author Mark Adams On Machu Picchu May 20th, 2012 at 10:00AM: Mark Adams is the author of "Turn Right at Machu Picchu, Rediscovering the Lost City One Step at a Time," his bestselling account of his attempt to retrace Hiram Bingham's groundbreaking 1911 expedition to "discover" Machu Picchu. The book, which is now out in paperback, was a New York Times Bestseller and was named one of the best non-fiction titles of the year by Men's Journal and the Washington...

Video of the Day - Destination Earth

Nov 8th, 2011 at 8:00PM: Why do you travel? For adventure? To know the unknown? To get lost? To find something? Today's Video of the Day is an ad for a company called G Adventures that encourages viewers to get out and see "why Earth is the universe's #1 travel destination". The short piece does a beautiful job of illustrating some of the moments that beg us to travel, tailored to pull at the heartstrings of...

5 train trips everyone should experience

5 train trips everyone should experience Oct 29th, 2011 at 10:00AM: While some train routes can seem long and boring, there are many that allow for great views of unique landscape or luxury service. Still, there are some train rides that go above and beyond your wildest imagination. Check out these five train trips that everyone should experience in their lifetime. The Blue Train South Africa The Blue Train travels approximately 1,000 miles between Pretoria...

National Geographic celebrates 100 years of Machu Picchu

National Geographic celebrates 100 years of Machu Picchu Jul 24th, 2011 at 8:00AM: Today marks the 100th anniversary of the rediscovery of Machu Picchu by explorer Hiram Bingham. That discovery became one of the greatest archaeological finds of the 20th century and has been inspiring adventure travelers to visit Peru and South America ever since. To celebrate the occasion, National Geographic has launched a fantastic Machu Picchu website that offers a wealth of information about...

Photo of the day: Urubamba River Valley, Peru

Photo of the day: Urubamba River Valley, Peru Jun 22nd, 2011 at 5:00PM: Any time is a good time to explore a country like Peru, but the Urubamba River Valley shines in this summertime shot of the landscape, taken by Maribeth Latvis. If you venture out on a trip to Machu Picchu, which over 400,000 people do each year, the Urubamba River Valley can be explored either before or after your trip. In fact, my fiance passed through the valley while hitch-hiking to Machu...

A pilgrim in Peru: Part Four, visiting Machu Picchu at sunrise

A pilgrim in Peru: Part Four, visiting Machu Picchu at sunrise Sep 16th, 2010 at 12:30PM: On Day Four I awoke as the sun was just starting to tint the sky, and made my way to the Aguas Calientes bus stop. With about two dozen Peruvian guides and Western and Japanese tourists, I piled into the bus for the weaving 1500-foot ascent to a place I'd been dreaming of visiting for decades: Machu Picchu. I'd finally set foot there the day before and wandered its time-bridging grounds, but I'd...

A pilgrim in Peru: Part Three, arriving in Machu Picchu

A pilgrim in Peru: Part Three, arriving in Machu Picchu Sep 15th, 2010 at 12:30PM: On my third day in the Sacred Valley, I awoke at 5:40 to bird trills and wood smoke-scented air. I could hardly contain my excitement: Today was a day I'd been waiting for most of my traveling life: We were going to Machu Picchu! We hit the highway at 6 am, passing sheep, pigs and cows being herded into pens and villagers in brightly woven capes and great hats walking along the side of the...

A pilgrim in Peru: Part One, Arriving in Peru

A pilgrim in Peru: Part One, Arriving in Peru Sep 13th, 2010 at 12:30PM: I got up at dawn and made my way in the crisp Andean air through the warren of just-opening stalls selling booklets, blankets and bug repellent, to the Aguas Calientes bus stop. With about two dozen Peruvian guides and Western and Japanese tourists, I piled into the bus for the weaving 1500-foot ascent to a place I'd been dreaming of visiting for decades: Machu Picchu. I had to get there for...

Inca Trail sold out? Take an alternative tour with Zephyr Adventures

Inca Trail sold out? Take an alternative tour with Zephyr Adventures May 21st, 2010 at 9:00AM: Peru's Inca Trail is, without a doubt, one of the most popular treks in the world. The four day hike takes adventure travelers on a wonderfully scenic walk through the Andes, along a route that was once used by the Inca themselves, culminating with a sunrise arrival at the mountaintop fortress of Machu Picchu. The Inca Trail tour is so popular in fact, that the Peruvian government had to start...

Susan Sarandon offically reopens Machu Picchu

Susan Sarandon offically reopens Machu Picchu Apr 3rd, 2010 at 9:00AM: As predicted, Machu Picchu reopened to the public on Thursday, with Oscar Award winning actress Susan Sarandon on hand to welcome visitors back to the monument for the first time in more than two months. Back in January, heavy rains washed out portions of the railroad tracks that run from Cusco to Aguas Caliente, the nearest town to the Inca fortress. The severe flooding that followed caused a...

Inca Trail to remain closed into late April

Inca Trail to remain closed into late April Mar 21st, 2010 at 8:00AM: Last week we received the news that Machu Picchu would be reopening on April 1st after being closed for much of the past two months following heavy rains and flooding in the area. Peru's top tourist destination is generally accessible by two methods, a train to the mountaintop fortress or by making the four day hike through the Andes along the Inca Trail. While the train is set to return to...

Machu Picchu reopens April 1st

Machu Picchu reopens April 1st Mar 12th, 2010 at 9:30AM: The Peruvian Minister of Foreign Trade and Tourism, Martin Pérez, has announced that popular tourist destination Machu Picchu will reopen to visitors starting April 1st, marking a return to normalcy for the 15th century Inca fortress that is the focal point Peru's travel industry. The UNESCO World Heritage site has been closed for nearly two months following torrential rainfall that...

7 of the craziest, most dangerous, most dizzying hikes in the world (VIDEOS)

Feb 25th, 2010 at 1:27PM: Hiking is, of course, a common outdoor sport and leisure activity, enjoyed by millions of people every day. However, there are several hiking trails throughout the world that only the bravest would attempt. They're dangerous and are only meant for the most adventurous of people (or the craziest!). The videos below provide a glimpse into seven of the world's most dangerous hiking trails. Pull on...

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