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We are pleased to present a new Solo Travel Destination Post from Aini, a member of the Solo Travel Society. Aini is from Malaysia, and submitted the following report about Machu Picchu. Do you have a solo travel destination that you would like to recommend? Submit your description here, along with a few photos, and share it with fellow travelers!
Solo travel rating: 2 (1 is easiest, 3 is most difficult. Please see chart below)
Languages spoken: Spanish
Reasons to go: Hiram Bingham stumbled upon one of the greatest archaeological finds of the 20th century—and what was named in 2007 as one of the new Seven Wonders of the World: Machu Picchu.
I had always dreamed of reaching Machu Picchu, but years of being bogged down with the humdrum, mundane routine of the rat race had seen my dream grow dimmer. Until, that is, I decided to finally quit my job in May 2011, and fly to South America to spend my 40th birthday at Machu Picchu.
Hey, they say life begins at 40, right?
There are so many articles written about Machu Picchu that I have nothing new to add except that it is simply amazing. Words do not do this place justice. You have to be there to soak in the scenery.
Solo Travel Destination Rating System
Safety – 2 (1 very safe, 2 safe in most areas, 3 be cautious at all times.)
Language – 2 (1 English is first language, 2 English speakers easy to find, 3 English speakers rare)
Navigation – 2 (1 easy to navigate by transit or car, 2 poor transit, car necessary, 3 not easy to get around)
Culture – 2 (1 Similar to North America or Western Europe, 2 Different from above but relaxed and easy, 3 Challenging)
Average Rating – 2 (1 is easiest, 3 is most difficult)