Stairway to heaven

The oxygen-starved, aching ascent to Machu Picchu in Peru can seem overwhelming at times, yet the reward of completing the trail is one that will live with you forever, writes Nicola Cooke

17th April, 2010

There is something alluring and ethereal about Machu Picchu. It s beauty and the mystique about its lone survival - as the Lost City of the Incas - adds to its magnetic draw.

The image of Machu Picchu, which translates as ‘Old Peak’ in English, is world-famous. The trail leading up to the city is part of the ancient road system built by its progressive tribe and remains a modern-day mecca for many who plan...

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