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Re: Gumbo’s Pic of the Day, January 23, 2015: Postcard from Morocco: A long and winding road...

DrFumblefinger ·
Mac, your photo reminds me a lot of the Hiram Bingham highway which winds its way up to Machu Picchu. We walked in to Machu Picchu on the Inca trail the first day we were there, but the second morning took the bus up from Agua Calientes. It was definitely a ride to remember.
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Re: Endangered tourist destinations around the World

IslandMan ·
Excellent article, Felicty. Yes, whilst all these places are a must on most peoples' travel list, we do need to be aware of the environmental impact we as tourists make.
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Re: Endangered tourist destinations around the World

GarryRF ·
Without the tourist would many of these places survive? Without the billions of euros spent on Venice to keep the water out would it still be walkable ? Would the Taj Mahal still be showing the scars of conflict if people didn't visit and contribute to its hunger for refurbishment ? Or maybe leave it to fall into ruin like the pyramids. Which do we remove? The tourists or the high heels ?
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Re: Endangered tourist destinations around the World

Zohaib ·
I agree that these destinations are famous and must-sees for every tourist, but all of us have an obligation to not destory these beautiful corners of the World. Like for Venice, as mentioned in the article that so many Cruises pass through here (stops) each year, so they must have dig-up the area and hence the water level keeps rising?! If we don't take care, our future generations wouldn't be able to see these historic places.
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Re: Gumbo's Pic of the Day, February 22, 2015: Machu Picchu

DrFumblefinger ·
Beautiful photos, Grand Escapes! I'm especially fond of the one of the llama roaming the streets of Machu Picchu. They are the official "lawn mowers" of the park. Machu Picchu after the tourist train leaves and before it arrives is a totally different experience than during the peak of the day. If there's one travel spot you'll want to spend a night or two so that you can enjoy some tranquility before it gets overwhelmed with people, then I'd say this is the one.
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Re: Gumbo's Pic of the Day, February 22, 2015: Machu Picchu

Ottoman ·
Love the blog and pics. I visited Machu Picchu many years ago and had a wonderful time. It was an experience I will never forget. Thanks for bringing back great memories.
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Gumbo's Pic of the Day, February 22, 2015: Machu Picchu

Grand Escapades ·
    Yes, there is something special, definitely mythical, about Machu Picchu, the abandoned Inca city that remained hidden from the Conquistadores.  We had the privilege to gaze over Machu Picchu right before sunrise in total quietness,...
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'New Machu Picchu'...but who will benefit?

PHeymont ·
Peru is making plans for a cable car link to Kuelap, high in the Andes. Kuelap, centuries older than Machu Picchu, predates the Incas. It's the largest pre-Columbian stone-built city in South America, with over 400 round houses and a 1.5 km stone wall...
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Machu Picchu visits get new rules

PHeymont ·
Rising visitor numbers and a UNESCO warning push Peru to impose limits on visits.
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March Madness for travel sites

PHeymont ·
For sports fans who have run out of competition to obsess over, a British newspaper has provided a perhaps unintentionally hilarious competition.
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Ollantaytambo Ruins, Peru

Sylvia ·
Sylvia visits the magnificant terraces and Inca ruins located at the town of Ollantaytambo.
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March 9, 2020: Lawn-Mowers of Machu Picchu

DrFumblefinger ·
The grass at Machu Picchu is trimmed in an ecologically sound manner by llamas and alpacas.
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The Original Inca Trail

DrFumblefinger ·
DrFumblefinger recalls hiking the Inca Trail, especially the last two days when you trek on the stone trail created by the Incas hundreds of years ago, characterized by stairs built of hand-laid rocks.
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Yes, but where is it? Most-Googled landmarks

PHeymont ·
You won't be surprised to learn that you can Google what people are Googling; after all, it's the company that inspired the joke help wanted poster (No need to apply, we already have your information). An Australian insurance company, Columbus Direct, went to the source to find the most-Googled tourism attractions. As you might have guessed from the photo above, the Taj Mahal tops the list, but the big surprise is that for most of the top ten, the main questions used to Google them are heavy...
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Top 25 landmarks...how many have you seen?

PHeymont ·
Not on the list...      Photo: Tysto / Wikimedia   TripAdvisor's released its Top 25 Travelers' Choice landmark list again, and the first thing that stands out is that 8 of the top 10 are religious structures or importance. The...
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The Floating Reed Islands of the Uros People, Lake Titicaca. (Where Gumbo was #139)

DrFumblefinger ·
    Gumbo was visiting the floating reed islands of Lake Titicaca , a large lake straddling Peru and Bolivia (the Peruvians like to say they got the "titi" part, while the Bolivians got the "caca").   It's the most voluminous lake...
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Inca trail the hard way: blind, and running

PHeymont ·
Dan Berlin, the American athlete who last year became the first blind man to hike the Grand Canyon, made the challenging 26-mile trek on the Inca Trail to Machu Picchu in 13 hours...a feat that normally takes 4 days walking.   Berlin, who is 45,...
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Peru opening up another Inca city

PHeymont ·
Peru's plan to open visitor access to more Inca cities may relieve Machu Picchu, or it may have unintended consequences.
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Gumbo's Pic of the Day, Sept. 19, 2013: Machu Picchu, Peru

DrFumblefinger ·
 Machu Picchu is a well known Inca ruin situated on top of a steep granite peak in the Peruvian Andes (2430 m above sea level).  Despite the altitude, its location near the equator provides a warm climate and the hills on which it rests are...
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Endangered tourist destinations around the World

Guest ·
Do you feel like getting lost in the backstreets of Venice, snorkeling on the Great Barrier Reef or skiing in the Alps? If so, don’t hang around – tourist hordes have put these much-loved sites and many others at risk.   These places...
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Can't get to Vienna? Google offers virtual tours

PHeymont ·
Google's Street View technology makes it possible to visit important sites and attractions with the trip.
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Machu Picchu airport plan stirs anger

PHeymont ·
Land clearance has started, and bids are out to build a major airport in an area archaeologists and others say is too fragile and important to risk.
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Spend Your Summer Vacation in South America

Anil Verma ·
The massive continent of South America is so rich with culture and ripe with breathtaking scenery that it’s considered the Holy Grail for travelers. South America is a destination that caters in any kind of traveler; whether you want to trek the many backpacking trails, have a fun-filled wilderness experience, or go on one of the many outdoor adventures. Spending your summer vacation in South America, during the southern hemisphere’s winter, is a favorable option because it will allow you...
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Google takes a 'Street View' of Machu Picchu

PHeymont ·
Google's roving cameras take Street View to Machu Picchu—where there are no streets!
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Re: 'New Machu Picchu'...but who will benefit?

PortMoresby ·
I suspect not all visitors to the site will take the easy way, the cable car. Some, no doubt, will continue to take the route through the villages, precisely because it includes the villages. Not everyone is in a hurry. There may be fewer going that way, or maybe not. As more learn of the existence of Kuelap, a certain percentage will opt for the more in-depth experience and it could conceivably increase the number of visitors to the surrounding villages. I wouldn't be surprised. As with...
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Re: 'New Machu Picchu'...but who will benefit?

PHeymont ·
And hopefully, not the gondola, either!
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Re: 'New Machu Picchu'...but who will benefit?

DrFumblefinger ·
Certainly the building of the gondola must have created many good jobs, as will maintaining and running it. And as PM has suggested, more tourism to the area will benefit everyone.
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Re: March 9, 2020: Lawn-Mowers of Machu Picchu

GarryRF ·
A machine of "Perpetual Motion" - amazing ! Makes my knees wobble just checking out that Drop Zone. It's not a fear of falling. It's the sudden stop just after it.
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