Machu Picchu – When to Go, How to Get There, and Where to Stay

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Machu Picchu
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Entrepreneur Barry Grummer is the president of K Restoration and Roofing Corp. (KR&R), a New York-based preventive maintenance and leak detection company. Away from his professional responsibilities, Barry Grummer enjoys traveling the world. One of his most recent trips was to Machu Picchu in Peru.

Recognized around the world as an important and complex archaeological site, Machu Picchu is a popular tourist attraction. However, taking a trip to the area requires a fair bit of planning. Machu Picchu is open all year, but trips can vary greatly depending on when you visit. Between May and October, the site is very dry. Crowds are larger, but the weather is nice and the Inca Trail is open. Meanwhile, from November through April, the area sees a great deal of rain. Crowds are lower, mudslides are occasionally a problem, and the Inca Trail is closed for maintenance during February.

Beyond deciding on when to visit, you’ll want to put some thought into where to stay and how to get to the site. There are two options for getting to Machu Picchu: by foot and by train. Hiking the Inca Trail is a great experience, but it normally takes four days to complete the classic path. Meanwhile, trains depart from Ollantaytambo and Poroy. It is wise to buy train tickets early and admission to Machu Picchu is only available with a pre-purchased ticket. In terms of lodgings, if there are plenty of places to stay in Ollantaytambo, Cusco, and Aguas Calientes. Aguas Calientes is often the best place to stay because it has a bus that runs to Machu Picchu, allowing you to explore the ruins for much longer without having to worry about catching a train back.

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Visiting the Hudson River Valley

Barry Grummer currently serves as president of KR&R Restoration and Roofing in New York City. When he’s not working, Barry Grummer enjoys getting outside and powerboating on Long Island Sound and the Hudson River.

Offering a refuge to the urban residents of New York City, the Hudson River Valley is a gorgeous breath of fresh air just hours outside of the city. A great place to start is in Hudson, which is two hours from Manhattan by car. Amtrak also runs 14 trains daily from Penn Station to Hudson, where rental cars are available.

The Hudson River Valley is known for its scenery, which inspired many artists to capture the river and the dramatic Catskill Mountains. But the area is also developed enough for tourists to enjoy a comfortable stay. The area is home to many charming bed and breakfasts, such as Mount Merino Manor, the Olde Rhinebeck Inn, Moondance Ridge Bed & Breakfast, and plenty more. The area also plays host to a number of highly rated restaurants with excellent atmospheres.

In addition to accommodations and scenery, the Hudson River Valley offers shopping options and historic attractions, such as the Poets’ Walk and the Richard B. Fisher Center for the Performing Arts.

Popular Tourist Sites in Istanbul, Turkey

As president of K Restoration and Roofing Corp. (KR&R), Barry Grummer is responsible for ensuring customers receive high-quality preventative maintenance and facade restoration services. Outside of work, Barry Grummer is an avid traveler and has been to a number of countries and cities around the world, including Istanbul, Turkey.

With a rich history that dates back to approximately 1000 BC, Istanbul, Turkey, has a wide range of attractions and sites that draw tourists. The following are just a few of the most popular attractions that the city has to offer.

Istanbul Archaeological Museum: showcasing more than 1 million objects from around the world, including Alexander the Great’s sarcophagus, the Istanbul Archaeological Museum is actually three museums combined into one. It was opened in 1891 and is the first Turkish museum ever created.

Aya Sofya: completed in AD 536 by the Byzantine Emperor Justinian I, Aya Sofya served as a way for the emperor to showcase his wealth to the world. Previously called the Hagia Sophia, this church was first converted to a mosque during the Ottoman invasion in the 15th century, and later transformed to a museum in the 20th century. The Aya Sofya is considered one of the city’s greatest landmarks.

Basilica Cistern: a source of water for residents of Istanbul for over a millennium, the underground Basilica Cistern holds just under 3 million cubic feet of water. The cistern was commissioned by the Roman Emperor Justinian I and is a remarkable example of the ancient Romans’ advanced technology.

Topkapi Palace: located near the Bosphorus strait, Topkapi Palace was built in the 15th century by Mehmet the Conqueror. Well-preserved intricate designs appear throughout much of the structure, which includes a variety of rooms, from the harem and second court to the Sacred Safekeeping Room.