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TREK TO MACHU PICCHU It’s easily South America’s most popular destination: Machu Picchu, the sprawling complex tucked away in the Cordillera Vilcabamba range of the Andes. Historians offer theories on Machu Picchu’s original purpose - from a convent of sorts to a retreat for royalty - but its true purpose remains shrouded in mystery, much like the entire complex is hidden from below by overgrowth and incredible misty clouds. This July marked the centenary of historian and adventurer Hiram Bingham’s famed discovery of Machu Picchu. A Quecha-speaking guide led Bingham to the ruins

A view of the Machu Picchu ruins overlooking the valley

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Bespoke Magazine Fall 2011  

Experiential. Luxury. Travel

Bespoke Magazine Fall 2011  

Experiential. Luxury. Travel