February 4, 2006 |
Peru has closed the Inca Trail that leads to Machu Picchu, South America's greatest tourist attraction, for a month of maintenance, authorities said. The 40-mile trail, which links the city of Cusco to the Inca citadel and 12 other archeological sites in the forested mountains, will be reopened March 1. Machu Picchu remains open to tourists and is accessible by train from Cusco.
July 29, 1988 |
So far as I know, we were eating at the only Peruvian restaurant in Lawndale, and so the two dedicated dentists were telling us about their expedition to Peru. They'd been through the part about setting up the dental clinic and seeing the Inca ruins. They'd just gotten to the pink-skinned porpoises when the dish of fried plantain arrived. "Aha," said a dedicated dentist, spearing some plantain with a fork. "Fried bananas. This is Peru to me."
May 10, 2000 |
After visitors behold the splendors of this mountaintop citadel, after they pile back into the tourist bus with its aroma of sunscreen and automotive exhaust, the goodbye ritual begins. As the aging bus rumbles and grumbles down a steep dirt road with 14 switchbacks, an indigenous boy races the vehicle down the mountainside. The boy gives a tribal whoop and plunges into the underbrush. He dashes periodically across the road during the half-hour ride, then climbs aboard the bus at the end.
February 20, 2000 |
I could barely contain my excitement as the train ground to a halt at Kilometer 88. I expected to see the Andes towering gloriously above us, hinting at the secrets of the lost city of the Incas. From the window of the antiquated rail car, I could see dogs and chickens running loose-- but no sign of those picture-postcard peaks. Clearly we were in the middle of nowhere, and I wondered whether this was the right place. But my traveling companion, Kevin Cadle, seemed sure.
January 11, 2007 |
Peru's Foreign Ministry said Royal Nepal Airlines, based about halfway around the world, had put a picture of Peru's Inca ruins of Machu Picchu on a poster with the slogan: "Have you seen Nepal?" "The airline ... offered apologies to Peru for using the picture of the Machu Picchu Sanctuary on a poster to promote their country and assured that the lamentable error has been corrected," a ministry statement said. It said an airline employee had been fired.
April 20, 2011
Times reader "audreyfan86" captured this view of Machu Picchu in Peru. The ruins represent the Incan civilization at its height, in more ways than one. The complex, which dates back to the 15 th century, stands about 8,000 feet above sea level in the Andes Mountains. Machu Picchu celebrates the 100 th anniversary of its rediscovery this summer. In honor of this occasion, this blog is posting 100 facts related to the ruins , one a day, leading up to the milestone. Check back at latimes.com/travelblog for each day's fact.