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January 8, 2012 | By Patricia Sheridan, Pittsburgh Post-Gazette
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.
NEWS
April 27, 1997 | By Donald D. Groff, FOR THE INQUIRER
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.
TRAVEL
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.
TRAVEL
December 9, 2013 | By Duane Deaner, For The Inquirer
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.
TRAVEL
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.
TRAVEL
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
TRAVEL
July 6, 2015 | By Jeffrey S. Markovitz, For The Inquirer
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.
NEWS
August 29, 2004 | By David E. Irving FOR THE INQUIRER
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.
NEWS
April 7, 1996 | By Alfred Lubrano with reports from Inquirer wire services
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.
NEWS
October 4, 1987 | By Marilou Regan, Special to The Inquirer
The ruins of the ancient city of Machu Picchu, known as the Lost City of the Incas, is so obscured by the peaks of the Andes mountains that it wasn't discovered until 1911. Michael Madden of Rose Valley rediscovered it this summer while on a trip to Peru in search of spiritual guidance. Many people consider Machu Picchu a holy place or a sacred site. Madden, 39, a psychologist in private practice in Media, traveled there with a group of 30 to mark the "harmonic convergence" of Aug. 16 and 17. Believers say the harmonic convergence, a worldwide event, marked the spiritual reawakening of humanity.
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July 6, 2015 | By Jeffrey S. Markovitz, For The Inquirer
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.
NEWS
October 20, 2014 | By Kellie Patrick Gates, For The Inquirer
Hello there They met in 2000, when Dierdre went to her first Falcon Ridge Folk Festival with the guy she was then dating. Doug, who had long been part of a group that gathered annually for music and camping in Hillsdale, N.Y., was there with his then-wife and kids. By the time the summer music fest rolled around in 2002, Dierdre was no longer with her boyfriend, and Doug no longer with his wife. But both returned to the festival, with their kids. "One of my first remembrances I have of her is that when everyone else was socializing, she was reading her son a book," Doug said.
NEWS
March 23, 2014 | By Tirdad Derakhshani, Inquirer Staff Writer
Leonardo da Vinci is one of those impossibly gifted giants whose life was so remarkable, yet so full of mystery, it has inspired some seriously wacked-out theories. Dan Brown had da Vinci enmeshed in a millennia-old conspiracy hatched by the Catholic Church. There's plenty of the same off-the-wall madness in Da Vinci's Demons , writer-producer David S. Goyer's delirious TV drama that returns for a second season 9 p.m. Saturday on Starz. Off-the-wall? Saturday's episode opens atop Machu Picchu (in present-day Peru)
TRAVEL
December 9, 2013 | By Duane Deaner, For The Inquirer
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.
SPORTS
April 23, 2013
Joe Scarborough , a North Carolina man, rolled the first 900 series in Professional Bowlers Association history - three straight perfect games. Scarborough of Charlotte opened the first round of qualifying in the PBA50 Sun Bowl on Sunday in The Villages, Fla., with three games of 300, throwing 36 consecutive strikes. COLLEGE FOOTBALL: The NCAA granted Central Florida's appeal of a one-year postseason ban in football. The decision will make the school bowl-eligible as it moves into the American Athletic Conference this season.
TRAVEL
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.
TRAVEL
January 8, 2012 | By Patricia Sheridan, Pittsburgh Post-Gazette
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.
TRAVEL
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.
ENTERTAINMENT
July 2, 2011 | By Wendy Rosenfield, For The Inquirer
Colin Quinn's solo show Long Story Short , visiting Philadelphia Theatre Company's Suzanne Roberts Theatre after an extended Broadway run, makes good on its title. In the first 10 minutes, Quinn connects the dots between tragic heroine Antigone and tragic whatever-she-is Snooki of Jersey Shore . He aims to explain why the jerks - rather than the meek - shall inherit the Earth. Always have, always will. Quinn, former cohost of MTV's Remote Control , ex- Saturday Night Live cast member, and stand-up comic, works his stage in disarming everyguy style: loose-limbed, off-the-cuff, accented as much by his knowing smirk as his fluency in Brooklynese.
TRAVEL
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
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