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    Dispatch, Peru: A visual tour

    Members of Tourism Cares traveled to Peru in May for its first Global Outreach program. The group met with members of Peru's travel industry in Cuzco, followed by a day in the Inca Sacred Valley, a visit to Machu Picchu and a restoration project back in Cuzco. Pictured here, Bruce Beckham, CEO of Tourism Cares, and the rest of the visiting Americans were greeted in Cuzco by a troupe of costumed entertainers. Photos by Arnie Weissmann

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    Dispatch, Peru: A visual tour

    United States Tour Operators Association CEO Terry Dale dances with one of the entertainers in Cuzco.

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    Dispatch, Peru: A visual tour

    At the educational forum, Dr. Ruth Shady, Peru's foremost archeologist, discussed the discovery and excavation of the Caral-Supe site, the oldest settlement found in the Americas.

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    Dispatch, Peru: A visual tour

    From left: Heather Rhodes, CEO of TravelStyles; Beth Karlicek, SVP Operations and Planning for General Tours; industry consultant Robin Tauck and Harry Dalgaard, president of Avanti Destinations, discussed how Peru is perceived and sold in the U.S during the forum.

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    Dispatch, Peru: A visual tour

    Members of Tourism Cares and Turismo Cuida gather after their joint forum in Cuzco.

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    Dispatch, Peru: A visual tour

    A train carrying passengers en route to Machu Picchu passes restored Inca terraces and a restored Inca bridge outside Ollantaytambo in the Sacred Valley.

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    Dispatch, Peru: A visual tour

    Lima Tours guide Ernesto Ore leads George Washington University professor Don Hawkins, center, Avanti Destinations president Harry Dalgaard, right, and other Tourism Cares members on a tour of Ollantaytambo.

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    Dispatch, Peru: A visual tour

    The group checks out local handicrafts in Ollantaytambo's main square.

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    Dispatch, Peru: A visual tour

    All aboard! Tourism Cares members ride the upscale Inca Rails line from Ollantaytambo to Agua Callientes for the next leg of the journey to Machu Picchu.

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    Dispatch, Peru: A visual tour

    After lunch at the Inkaterra Cafe (building in background) Tourism Cares members begin the walk through Agua Callientes to coaches bound for Machu Picchu.

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    Dispatch, Peru: A visual tour

    The first view of Machu Picchu was dramatic, lit by late afternoon sun and ringed by fog.

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    Dispatch, Peru: A visual tour

    A llama wanders through the ruins of Machu Picchu.

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    Dispatch, Peru: A visual tour

    The group treks down after reaching the highest point of the ruins.

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    Dispatch, Peru: A visual tour

    Outside the market in Cuzco, Tourism Cares CEO Bruce Beckham thanks local residents for hosting the group and providing the opportunity to work together.

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    Dispatch, Peru: A visual tour

    By coincidence, a group of colorfully dressed pilgrims were also gathering outside the Cuzco market to begin a trek into the mountains.

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    Dispatch, Peru: A visual tour

    Another group of pilgrims.

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    Dispatch, Peru: A visual tour

    Inside the market, General Tours' Beth Karlicek inspects a pork vendor's stand.

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    Dispatch, Peru: A visual tour

    In the produce section of the market.

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    Dispatch, Peru: A visual tour

    And finally, down to work. Michael Mabrouk, Dir. of Specialty Sales with Amadeus, paints a kiosk outside Cuzco's Mercado San Pedro.

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