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

Release Date: 11-28-2015


Hear how you can get close to the ancients by hiking Peru's Inca Trail, and get tips for enjoying Cuzco and Machu Picchu. Then we'll zoom in on two more areas with striking monuments from the past: Turkey, with its legacy of the Ottoman Empire, and Wales, with its string of massive medieval castles.


  • Carolina Miranda, former 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 

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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

More with Carolina Miranda - Rick and Carolina Miranda discuss 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 2:24)