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Report 2038: Peru with Kids

By ktp from California, Fall 2012

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Page 9 of 14: Machu Picchu

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Llama on a terrace at Machu Picchu

The Perurail route from Ollanta to Agua Calientes is picturesque with glimpses of the glacier and giant house-size rocks in the rapid Urubamba river. The bus from AC to Machu Picchu is all switchbacks and offers great views. Machu Picchu does not disappoint ... the setting is stunning.

Our kids enjoyed exploring for four hours, playing hide and seek, seeing chinchillas in the rocks and watching llamas grazing on the terraces. We saw teenagers on school trips but did not see any other kids as young our ours. We opted not to take a guide but rather read about the site before the trip as we needed to let our kids set the pace. We wore long pants and covered ourselves with deet to avoid the dreaded sand flies. We escaped unscathed but saw nasty bites/welts on other tourists' lower legs.

Due to time constraints and because the kids were "ruined out," we did not visit the Ollantaytambo ruins, Pisac (went to Chincheros instead), or Cusco. Next time.

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