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Explore the Lost City of the Incas around Machu Picchu

Machu Picchu

Published: 13 April 2015

Machu Picchu in Peru, is a 15th century Inca site dubbed ‘The Lost City’, that is a treasure trove of ancient ruins shrouded in mist and steeped in intrigue. One of the Seven Wonders of the Modern World, it wasn’t until 1911 that it was finally discovered by Hiram Bingham.

While it remains the main attraction for visitors on Inca trail holidays, there are a number of Peru tourist attractions and places of interest to be found around it too.

The Flexicover Team look at some fascinating sites you should visit on your Machu Picchu holidays:

The Lost City of Machu Picchu
Get the sand under your feet and enjoy some good old Caribbean sunshine at any of the beaches that can be found just minutes away from Bridgetown. Brownes Beach along Carlisle Bay, Dover Beach in Oistens and Mullins Bay in Speightstown all boast calm and clear waters as well as an opportunity to enjoy a number of beach activities. The food court and bars around Dover Beach provide great refreshment between bouts of sunbathing, swimming and frolicking in the open sea.

This magnificent city and former Inca capital is rife with beautiful Spanish colonial churches and fascinating pre-Colombian walls and is a favourite haunt for backpackers on their South America holidays.

The original lost city of the Incas, Vilcabamba is where the first explorers were actually trying to visit before they stumbled upon Machu Picchu. A wonderful low-altitude, but slightly long trek gets you all the way to this mystical jungle retreat.

Museo de Sitio Manuel Chavez Ballon
The museum is perfect for brushing up on your knowledge about the Incan excavations and building methods. A stroll through the small botanical garden of this relatively new museum that is located at the base of the path that takes you to Machu Picchu makes for quite a pleasant experience.

Aguas Calientas
Located in a deep gorge below the ruins, this town is cut off from all roads and enclosed by tall cliffs, forest and two gushing rivers making it a virtual island. If you’d like to visit Machu Picchu at the crack of dawn, then camping out here is a must, and actually is quite a recommended tip from seasoned travellers who’ve been on adventure holidays in Peru in the past.

If you are lucky enough to be visiting this year, have a wonderful time! And remember to take your Flexicover Travel Insurance with you!

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