Andes: Machu Picchu
Travel to this fabled Inca city located deep into the jungle.
For Hiram Bingham, the archeologist who discovered the city, it was an "unbelievable dream." Imagine his shock when he saw the city for the first time.
After an interesting train ride, start a 2 day hike at the middle of the Inca trail, in this case, a trail connecting Cusco to Machu Picchu. Ascend first to Huinay Huayna, another old Inca city located in the jungle.
Continue, before dawn the next day to reach the Sun Gate at sunrise, and take in the startling view over the lost city of the Incas. Explore all the quarters of the city, learning about its temples, architecture, religion, trade and science. Finish with a hike up to Huayna Picchu, with its splendid view over the entire city.