In 2008, I traveled to the Cordillera Blanca region of the Peruvian Andes to go trekking. When I returned home, my family thought it a sacrilege that I had gone to Peru but had not seen Machu Picchu, the iconic UNESCO World Heritage Site built by the Incas during the 15th century.
Remote places in the world, not tourist meccas, have always drawn me. While trekking to Machu Picchu had appeal, back then, an average of 15,000 people per day visited the ruins, not only on foot, but also by train and bus. Not exactly a backcountry experience!