High up on our bucket list of things to do is climbing Machu Pichu in Peru. While we’re not full on adventure girls, we’ve read so much about Peru holidays and the mystical experience of seeing the ruins through the mist at dawn, we would be willing to leave our blowdriers and pool boys behind to experience it. Our friend Samantha’s recount of her 40th birthday trip has us particularly excited to check it out. Cusco is the official starting site to any journey to Machu Picchu and is accessed through flights from Lima. Because of the elevation, it’s best to arrive in Cusco a few days before you plan to tackle Machu Pichu so your body can adjust. Depending on how adventurous you are and what your penchant is for activity holidays, you can hike (usually 5 days) or take a train or bus to the summit of Machu Pichu. Whichever way you decide to go, a local guide can help you plan your trip, explain the local legends and history surrounding Machu Pichu and make sure all your needs are met during your climb and descent. Find out more about holidays to Peru.