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TRAVEL
July 24, 2011
THE BEST WAY TO MACHU PICCHU, PERU From LAX, connecting service (change of plane) to Cuzco is offered on LAN Air. Restricted round-trip fares begin at $719, excluding fees and taxes. To cover the roughly 70 miles between Cuzco and the ruins, most travelers take a taxi or bus to Ollantaytambo, then a train to Aguas Calientes, at the foot of Machu Picchu. Train fares are about $50-$70 each way for PeruRail's Vistadome service, depending on time of departure. Most travelers then take the 20-minute bus ride ($8 each way or $15.50 round-trip)
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TRAVEL
July 24, 2011
Trip logistics: To re-create the trip described, contact any one of a number of Mountain Lodge of Peru's travel partners, including Mountain Travel Sobek ( www.mtsobek.com ); REI ( www.rei.com/adventures ) or Backroads ( www.backroads.com ) or contact MLP directly at http://www.mountainlodgesofperu.com . Depending on the time of year, the basic seven-day trek costs about $2,800 per person, double occupancy, irrespective of who you book through. Airfare to Lima and onward to Cuzco is extra as are extra nights in Cuzco and/or at Aguas Calientes.
NEWS
July 23, 2011 | By Catharine Hamm, Los Angeles Times Travel Editor
This is the last installment of "100 Facts for 100 Years of Machu Picchu. " On July 24, 1911, Hiram Bingham III, a Yale professor, came upon the vine-covered ruins of the ancient Inca city, which the Spanish had overlooked for three centuries. To commemorate the anniversary, look for staff writer Christopher Reynolds ' story on his recent trip to Machu Picchu,  T. Craig Ligibel's story on his father-daughter trek  through the Vilcabamba Mountains and Sarah Karnasiewicz's article on the solitary wonders of Colca Canyon.
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