Thanks so much for the reply. I'd love to hike the Inca Trail but I'll be with my teenagers who are on Spring Break so my time is a little ltd. What would be the fastest way to get to Machu Pinchu from Lima? How far is it on a train or bus (is that too scary in that part of the world?). Do you know of any guides or operators that could facilitate the trip to MP. I heard you could fly to Cuzco from Lima. That would be an extra expense though.(there is 4 of us). Please give me your thoughts. It would be great to see MP since we're down in So America. (It's always been a dream of mine) Thanks again.