January 8, 2012 |
CUZCO, Peru - If you see a red-plastic bag waving on a stick like a flag, it's a signal the chicha is ready. The sacred drink of the Incas, chicha is a fermented corn beer many locals brew themselves in and around the Cuzco region of Peru. Finding and tasting the chicha is just one of the many diversions travelers can embrace on the road to Machu Picchu, Peru's most famous attraction. The year 2011 marked the 100th anniversary of Machu Picchu's being rediscovered, as they like to say in Peru, by the American explorer Hiram Bingham.
April 27, 1997 |
The Incan ruins at Machu Picchu, Peru's most popular tourist destination, could find themselves in the spotlight - literally. The National Culture Institute said this month that it was considering a plan by a French company to illuminate the ruins using solar-powered lights mounted outside the mysterious city, according to news reports in Lima. Traditionally, the entrance to Machu Picchu closes before darkness falls, and a culture official said that tourists would not be allowed into the ruins after dark even if they are lighted.
November 4, 2012
It was to be a trip of a lifetime. And I thought I was ready to happily wander the halls and walls and steps of Machu Picchu, the Inca city built about 600 or more years ago 8,000 feet up in the Peruvian Andes, and to marvel at this place mysteriously abandoned in the 1500s and "discovered" by an American archaeologist in 1911. Since then, its overgrowth has been cut back, gradually revealing a majestic high-mountain ruin that today draws tens of thousands of tourists like me, hikers, and just gawkers who wonder how it was all done.
December 9, 2013 |
In August 2012, my companion, Ann, and I took a hiking trip with five other couples to the Inca ruins of Machu Picchu. Each evening, we would bunk down in a modern, rustic eco-lodge. The nine-day trip involved hiking about 52 miles in six days through Peru. We are both in our mid-60s and fairly physically fit and active. However, there were many challenges on this trip: hiking 8 to 10 miles each day; adjusting to a high altitude of 15,000-plus feet; multiple changes in climate; eating local, unfamiliar foods; and avoiding injury.
July 31, 2011
By Mark Adams Dutton. 352 pp. $26.95. Reviewed by Jonathan Yardley One hundred years ago, a young lecturer in history at Yale University named Hiram Bingham made what at the time was celebrated as a historic, indeed heroic, climb through the Peruvian Andes at the climax of which, as Mark Adams puts it in this entirely delightful book, "he stumbled across the geometric splendor of Machu Picchu. " Honored at the time as one of the greatest explorers of the day - it was the day, mind you, of Peary and Scott and Amundsen - he has since lost a good deal of his luster, in part because Machu Picchu had been known for years to many Peruvians before his "discovery" and in part because of Yale's adamant refusal until late last year to return to Peru the hundreds of antiquities he carried away.
April 17, 2011
World's Best Ruins From SmarterTravel.com: 1. Machu Picchu Peru 2. Acropolis Athens, Greece 3. Mesa Verde Colorado 4. Angkor Cambodia 5. Great Pyramids, Memphis Egypt 6. Tikal Guatemala 7. Petra Jordan 8. Colosseum Rome 9. Great Wall of China 10. Palmyra Syria
July 6, 2015 |
The Inca Trail is a rite of passage. It is a religious experience, stretching from Peru's aptly named Sacred Valley, not too far from the city of Cusco, all the way to Machu Picchu. Really, it's only around 30 miles and can be traversed in a couple of days, but what it lacks in distance it makes up for in ecosystems, vistas, and ruins that are in no way ruinous. The trek begins at a small parking lot near a gatehouse that serves as the origin for most hikes to Machu Picchu; travelers must show their entrance tickets and have their passports stamped before beginning the hike.
August 29, 2004 |
How could several years of anticipation of a trek to a world-famous destination rise from the depths of disappointment to "one of the best days of my life" all within five hours? Easy. Almost. Trips to Mexico had provided the opportunity to sample the Mayan ruins on the Yucatan Peninsula. When it was permitted, and sometimes when it wasn't, I had scrambled to the top of the ruins and pyramids of Chichen Itza, Uxmal, Tulum and Coba. Looking down over the surrounding treetops near these structures, and using my imagination to wonder about these mysterious cultures, was for me a sheer delight as a traveler.
April 7, 1996 |
BAJA SITE PREDATES THE EGYPTIAN PYRAMIDS It couldn't be right. Anthropologist Jerry Moore thought someone had goofed when he and his students discovered artifacts in Baja California dating to 5000 B.C. But the carbon-dating tests were on the money. The artifacts predated the pyramids of Egypt by 2,000 years. "I thought the oldest site was 2,000 to 3,000 years old," Moore said. "To find a site almost 6,000 years old was quite a surprise. " Moore, a professor at California State University at Dominguez Hills, and his students recently returned to Baja, where they mapped a village site and discovered a cave etched with lightning bolts, cactuses and what looks like a man astride a horse.
March 24, 2016 |
THE PARENTS: Tracy Hildebrand, 34, and Rich Hildebrand, 36, of Wayne THE KIDS: Nathalie Jane, 3; Danielle Marie, born October 2, 2015 They might have met in Cuba, during the Semester at Sea program, when Fidel Castro spoke to their group of 800 students from all over the United States. They might have crossed paths later in that trip, on the teeming streets of India. Or they might have met closer to home - in Pittsburgh, where Tracy was finishing her senior year at the University of Pittsburgh, and Rich, who knew her roommate, stopped by for a visit.