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The most popular of the trails to the Lost City of the Incas is the Capaq Nan trail from Cusco, 70km to the south east. Cusco was the capital of the Incan empire. Many of the tourists do this three to four day hike and are led by guides who can show them the many well-preserved ruins to see along the way.

There are alternative routes including a one day trek, but they all meet up near Inti-Pata, the 'Sun Gate' and entrance to Machu Picchu. The trails pass through the Andes mountain range and sections of the Amazon rainforest and pass some well-preserved Inca ruins and settlements.

Admission to the site costs US$20 for foreigners. There are no ATMS in the area, so be sure to bring enough cash before you arrive. Additionally, while there is a hotel with a self-service restaurant next to the ruins, if you donít want to pay hotel prices bring plenty of food and drinking water. And during the dry season, the ruins are a popular area for sandflies so take insect repellent.

The best time to visit Macchu PIcchu is April to May or September to October. Peruvian holidays from July 28 to August 10 and the days around Cusco's Inti Raymi festival, which starts on June 24 are best avoided. In general, Sundays are the quietest days. Another way to avoid crowds is to stay overnight in nearby Aguas Calientes and arrive early in the morning before the train crowds arrive around 10am.

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