Machu Picchu - sold out but not out of bounds this July
Tuesday 17, May 2011
Though Inca Trail permits may be in short supply this July, explorers keen to celebrate the 100th anniversary of the rediscovery of Machu Picchu by Hiram Bingham on 24 July can still arrive at the citadel in time to join in the celebrations thanks to Imaginative Traveller’s Lares Trail treks.
Permits to trek the Inca Trail may be largely sold out until August but adventure-hungry travellers can still trek their way to Machu Picchu for its centenary celebration (24 July) using an alternative less-travelled route with Imaginative Traveller.
With the festival of the sun - ‘Inti Raymi’ - celebrating the winter solstice on 24 June and the 100 year anniversary of the rediscovery of Machu Picchu on 24 July, thousands of people are expected to descend on this new ‘wonder of the world’ over the summer months.
Despite fears that the lack of permits for the Inca Trail will mean missing out on the festivities, those holidaying with Imaginative Traveller will be able to follow Incan trails to Machu Picchu along the lesser-known Lares Trek.
Adventurers who avoid following the herd will find this route allows them to delve much deeper into Incan civilisation. With stunning views of the Andes Mountains and reaching a higher altitude of 4350m, the route takes trekkers though remote rural villages where they can interact with local families, llama herders and weavers renowned for their brightly-coloured hats and ponchos. Best of all, the Lares Trek is quieter than the classic route so travellers can enjoy the experience without fear of crowds.
TRIPS ARRIVING IN MACHU PICCHU ON 24 JULY VIA THE LARES ROUTE:
Celebrations will take place in and around Machu Picchu throughout July to celebrate the rediscovery of the ancient site a century ago by Hiram Bingham. An official ceremony will also take place at the ruins on 7 July- the anniversary of when the new ‘seven wonders of the world’ was announced - with many prestigious guests, including members of Bingham’s family and the Peruvian president, expected to attend.
For more information visit www.imaginative-traveller.com
More and more travellers think that researching and planning a European city break is half the fun and they're not interested in pre-arranged trips or escorted tours. Self-guided tours offer a lot of advantages but require some guidance and good resources.
With the recent wild fires, disrupting flights and increasing air pollution, environmental quality is a growing factor in attracting tourists.
The hotel price comparison site www.trivago.co.uk has put together a list of the fifteen most spectacular hotel rooftop terraces in the world.