Shrouded by nearly impenetrable jungle, and thus protected from the Spanish conquistadors who ravaged most of Peru’s ancient archeological treasures, “The Lost City of the Incas” was revealed to the Western world in 1911 when Hiram Bingham stumbled upon it during an expedition. Explorers have been fascinated by the site ever since and, once word got out in a landmark 1913 National Geographic article, so have generations of travelers. “I’ve been to Machu Picchu more than 1,000 times over my 16 years of guiding trips here, and it never fails to take my breath away,” says Fredy, an anthropologist and Classic Journeys’ guide. “There are places to explore here that have never been touched by archeologists. I love sharing the majesty of Machu Picchu with guests.” Here are Classic Journeys’ guides, Fredy and husband-and-wife team Marisol and Franklin’s perspective on how to visit Machu Picchu and bring its magnitude to life for visitors.

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