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The Other Machu Picchu: Why Choquequirao Is The Real Lost City Of The Incas

SmarterTravel | Posted 08.11.2016 | Travel

The disappointing truth is that while Machu Picchu is undoubtedly an awesome archaeological spectacle, it's also everything you secretly fear it might be: crowded, noisy, underwhelming. A tourist trap.

Does the US Have a Moral Obligation to Save the World From Evil Men?

Mario Almonte | Posted 05.05.2016 | Politics
Mario Almonte

While some will always protest America's involvement in foreign wars for various reasons, others believe that the country is morally obligated to liberate the oppressed and feed the hungry wherever they may be in the world. Is it time we swallowed our pride, cut our losses, and simply walked away?

Hiking to Machu Picchu: Over the Hills at 60

Emily Kelting | Posted 06.24.2014 | Travel
Emily Kelting

I was drunk -- not with the complimentary Pisco Sour that I would enjoy that night in Aguas Calientes -- but with the magic of this place, where the sun and stars seemed within arm's reach.

The Spirit Of The Incas Is Alive In Machu Picchu, Peru

C. Clinton Sidle | Posted 01.27.2013 | Travel
C. Clinton Sidle

I just returned from my first trip to Peru. I was most taken by how much the people and the culture are still influenced by the spirit of the Incas, and how relevant the messages of that heritage are for us today.

WATCH: How To Get To Machu Picchu

Mike Sternoff | Posted 11.10.2012 | Travel
Mike Sternoff

It looks like something out of a dream, but Machu Picchu is a product of hard labor -- an ancient city built into the clouds by hand.

For Ancient Indigenous Civilizations, Every Day Was Earth Day

The Huffington Post | Laura Steiner | Posted 03.27.2013 | Latino Voices

While today we must actually take a day off to celebrate the Earth, in Latin America, for thousand of years, indigenous communities had a relationship...

WATCH: Peru's New Machu Picchu?

Posted 11.22.2011 | Latino Voices

With Machu Picchu reaching at least one million tourists by the end of 2011, perhaps it's time for another archaeological site to attract the masses. ...

Praising The Incan Sun God

Pam Grout | Posted 10.09.2011 | Travel
Pam Grout

Although thousands of gringos attend the theatrical representation of Inti Raymi near Cusco, Peru, each year, this is different. This is the real deal: a venerable religious ceremony complete with animal sacrifices.

The Quinoa Quandary

New York Times | SIMON ROMERO and SARA SHAHRIARI | Posted 05.25.2011 | Home

When NASA scientists were searching decades ago for an ideal food for long-term human space missions, they came across an Andean plant called quinoa. ...

Skullduggery on Easter Island (Part II of II)

Richard Bangs | Posted 05.25.2011 | Travel
Richard Bangs

2011-02-18-skul.jpgAhu Tepeu faces inland, as do almost all the statues here. A popular theory is that the statues were created to represent important people who had died.

Skullduggery on Easter Island (Part I of II)

Richard Bangs | Posted 05.25.2011 | Travel
Richard Bangs

According to Professor Flenley, "Easter Island is the world in miniature. What happened there is what we are doing now to our rain forests and our other renewable resources."