Program 317: The Inca Trail; Ottoman Turkey; Medieval Castles in Wales

Release Date: 03-02-2013


Hear how you can get close to the ancients along the Inca Trail in Peru with tips for enjoying Cuzco and Machu Picchu. We'll also look at the monuments and legacy of the Ottoman Empire in Turkey, and we'll see what medieval castles in Wales can still tell us about the past.


  • Carolina Miranda, lead author of the Lonely Planet Peru guidebook
  • Lale Surmen Aran, proprietor of SRM Travel in Istanbul, and co-author of the Rick Steves Istanbul guidebook
  • Martin deLewandowicz, tour guide and medieval castle expert from Wales

Haiku Awards

Pgm 317 Haiku


Streets of Derry, stones

remember ancient dreams

and recent Troubles

— Kerry Dexter, Tallahassee, Florida


All around the world

Little children are the same:

Boys tease. Girls giggle.

— J. Bruce Payette, Islamorada, Florida


Edmonds Resident.

Brand new, but feel I'm at home.

I saw Rick today.

— Erin Sutter, Edmonds, Washington

Program Extras

Pgm 317 extra - Rick and Carolina Miranda discuss more details about hiking the 26-mile mountainous Inca Trail, to absorb more about the Inca Empire, and the need to acclimate to the 14,000 foot altitude when you first arrive in Cuzco. (runs 2:23)