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Machu Picchu Trips

If you are exploring different options for Machu Picchu trips, the odds are good that you are at least considering a trek on the Inca Trail. This is a popular way to arrive at the famous mountain city of the Incas. Before we get there, though, let’s explore a few of the less time-consuming options.

The most popular means of reaching the Mountain City, by far, is by train. A four-hour ride from Cusco gives travelers ample time to enjoy the amazing scenery of verdant mountains and beautiful hillside villages.

Another popular option for Machu Picchu trips is a shorter train ride, departing from the ancient town of Ollantaytambo. Other options include buses and, for a truly memorable visit, a helicopter flight from one of the aforementioned departure cities.

For the most immersive travel experience, however, you’ll want to consider a trek along the famous Inca Trail. A walking trip along this trail will allow you to more fully understand the Inca culture, witness the majestic beauty of the Andes and Inca ruins, and contemplate the amazing accomplishment of constructing Machu Picchu. These trips usually last four days, and culminate with a visit to the Inca mountain city.

Routes along this trail are now quite popular, and as a result there is good infrastructure that functions to support trekkers on Machu Picchu trips. This offers many options for dining and lodging along the way.

To plan your trip, though, you’ll want to go with one of the many tour operators conducting tours on this route. Selecting a tour company can be a very difficult decision. While I’m not going to make any specific recommendations, I can give a few tips. First, you’ll want to make sure that your operator is licensed. Many companies claim to conduct treks, but not all are licensed by the Peruvian government to do so.

Next, you’ll want to be careful when hunting for the best price. If you see a tour operator offering prices lower than about US $450 for a complete trek, tread carefully. Odds are good that in order to offer such a low price, the company will be cutting costs in some way, often breaking the law to do so. Most commonly, these companies will be breaking minimum wage laws or requiring employees to carry too much cargo on their treks. Carefully consider whether you want to do business with a company that conducts itself in this way.

And keep in mind as you plan your Machu Picchu trips, this will be a once-in-a-lifetime experience – do you really want to cut corners? Go “all in,” experience it fully, and never forget this wonderful historical site.

Exploring the Historical Sites of Sicily on School Trips

The best school trips are those that inspire and inform while being enjoyable and fulfilling experiences for students and teachers alike. There are some very professional companies that provide excellent school trips to a variety of destinations throughout the world. Regardless of the subject focus there is bound to be one to suit your needs. There are numerous benefits of taking children out of school and into a more contextual learning environment. There is no doubt that confidence increases, social development flourishes and students often find themselves motivated, inspired and excited about things they never thought they could be.

School trips take a lot of planning and need to be carefully organised so that the students get the most out of their trip. Most companies offering such trips have a reliable team of experts who will personally help you choose your itinerary and, if necessary, tailor it to your particular needs. Whether it is food science, history, languages, geography, physical education or even music there is a city or town, area or region that will make the perfect place for an enhanced learning experience.

Classical Sicily

One of the most archeologically rich places in the world is the small but fascinating island of Sicily. With an unsettled history, this Italian island has been home to several conquerors throughout the ages, all of which have left their legacy, both archaeologically and socially speaking. School trips to Sicily will be packed full of opportunities to visit some of the world’s most interesting archaeological sites. Many of the sites are located along the coastal areas, as this would have been where the Etruscans, Greeks, Romans and Phoenicians built their settlements, complete with temples and theatres, and decorated with mosaics and intricately designed columns.

Sicily’s most stunning sites include The Valley of The Temples in Agrigento, the Greek theatre in Syracuse and the Doric Temple in Segesta. There are also some beautiful Roman mosaics to be viewed at the Roman Villa located in Piazza Armerina.

This little island is not just about ancient ruins, however. The modern history is just as interesting, with students having the chance to consider the political situation here regarding the infamous Mafia influence. On the way to Palermo, the capital city, you will pass the place where Falcone met his bitter end as a result of his heartfelt attempt to rid the country of the Mafia.

Palermo, despite its hectic reputation, is wonderful place to absorb some local atmosphere. It is important that school trips’ itineries include some time simply taking in the heart and soul of the place you are visiting. Students can sample some local cuisine, visit some of the more modern galleries, and even go and see one of Palermo’s oldest and most famous performing arts, a puppet show.

A walk up Mount Etna is an interesting diversion too. Still smouldering, this incredible volcano is definitely worth a visit. The views are stunning and the students get a real feel for the power of nature that we, as humans, are so inferior to.