There’s lots of information about touring Machu Picchu available online, but very little of it offers up what you really need to know to get the most out of a visit to these magnificent Incan ruins. This is by design--tour operators and guides want you to hand over your wallet with your worries. While a tour is best for a multi-day Inca Trail hike, it’s easy to see Machu Picchu on your own. You won’t even miss out on much info. Very little is actually known of Machu Picchu’s history, ...
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Cat in a Buenos Aires Loft

Like many people in the fall of 2015, we found ourselves under the spell of a heatwave. A number of us had rented a four-bedroom palapa for a few days, up a hill from the beach town of San Augustinillo, in Mexico’s Oaxaca state. It had no air conditioning. By mid-morning each day, we’d make our way down to a modest open-air restaurant on the beach, spend the afternoon in its umbrella’d lounge chairs, then head back up as the sun finally began to let up. At the tail end of one of these ...
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