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Inkaterra Machu Picchu Pueblo Hotel: Affordable Luxury in the Andes

The magnificent Inca citadel of Machu Picchu is nestled high in the rugged Andes Mountains.  When people think of traveling there, the famous Inca Trail comes to mind.  The Inca Trail is a multi-day trek through mountain passes at elevations up to 14,500 feet.  Sure, the scenery is beautiful and some operators even provide porters […]

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Machu Picchu Tourismo Rules: You Can’t Take Your Clothes Off at Machu Picchu?

The year was 1985.  I was in my 20’s, and my sense of wanderlust had already firmly taken hold, particularly when it came to exploring ancient civilizations.  I’d had a blast traveling throughout Mexico and Central America, visiting and climbing (yes, you could do that back in the day) Mayan and Aztec pyramids and ruins. […]

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10 Life-Changing Things to Do in Cusco. Brace Yourself for #8.

Once the capital of the Inca Empire, this vibrant colonial city cradled by the rugged Peruvian Andes is a magnificent fusion of ancient vs. modern.  Tourists who travel to South America’s most famous and most visited draw, Machu Picchu, inevitably start in Cusco but are soon seduced by the well-preserved UNESCO World Heritage city and […]

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Peru’s Sacred Valley Tour

Travel Planners Radio Show With Kevin & Sue McCarthy.  Internationally syndicated on GAB Radio Network and broadcast at 1590 WCGO Peru’s Machu Picchu is without doubt, one of the most sought-after destinations.  And it’s no wonder.  The mist-shrouded Inca citadel is magical and mysterious.  Getting there is just as exciting….hiking to numerous other Inca archaeological sites, […]

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Tour Cartagena: My Favorite Latin American City

Cartagena is irresistible, beckoning travelers with its diversity of sights from 16th century stone walls, forts, and plazas, palm-lined Caribbean beaches, to chic, frenetic urban city –enticing unsuspecting visitors with its Bohemian vibe to stay longer than planned. Old Town It never gets old. I stroll down the narrow cobblestone alleys of Old Town gazing […]

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Rio de Janeiro Vacations: 10 Must-See Attractions

The ocean breeze lifted the curly tendrils that escaped my ponytail, a cool respite from the tropical heat wafting off the beach. I dug my toes in the sand, hugged my knees, and giggled out loud. I was in Rio,  the “Rio” and the excitement was nothing short of intoxicating. It was the week after […]

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