My gentleman friend and I have been to many places including China but there is no place more captivating and impressive than Machu Pichu. In January 2001, we took the Holland America cruise around South America with a pre-cruise visit to Peru/Machu Pichu.
We had a few days in Lima before the trip and the day we were to go it was raining in Cuzco and the plane couldn't leave Lima. From Cuzco, there is only one train a day to Machu Pichu and it leaves at 6:00 AM, so our resourceful guide rented a helicopter to take us from Cuzco to Machu Pichu. It cost us an extra $100 each but we were later reimbursed with shipboard credit by Holland America.
I had a perscription for altitude sickness but was sure Iwouldn't have problems, but I highly recommend taking the medication. I was the only one in the group that had altitude sickness.
I highly recommend this trip -- for me, it was the trip of a lifetime.