I went to Peru with a few friends last year and it was a whirlwind of travel. We all met from different parts of the globe to fly into Lima then immediately to Cusco for a few days to get used to the elevation. We then took a train to Aguas Calientes, and bus to Machu Picchu. Planning, buying tickets, and booking rooms took over a month. So if you decide to travel to Peru, let me know and I can give you a few tips!
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