Ensenada, Mexico

Hussong's Cantina

A 19th-century Baja cantina that many say is the birthplace of the margarita
09 Feb 2016
Clipstone, Nottinghamshire

Clipstone Colliery Headstocks

These abandoned coal mine towers near Sherwood Forest might soon boast the U.K.’s longest zip-line
09 Feb 2016
Columbus, Georgia

Circus Train Wreck Victims Memorial

Shaped like a big top, this memorial honors the victims of a terrible train wreck
09 Feb 2016
Belgrade, Serbia

Monument to the U.S. Bombing of the Chinese Embassy in Belgrade

A small memorial to a deadly night in Serbia that shook the world before it was swept under the rug
09 Feb 2016
Kyustendil Province, Bulgaria

Rila Monastery

This historic black and white monastery is one of Bulgaria's architectural jewels
09 Feb 2016
Kawasaki Ward, Japan

The Puchicalator

The world's shortest escalator doesn't seem to have any reason to exist other than to hold a world record
09 Feb 2016

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The Rise and Fall of the World's Most Unlikely Pub

by Lauren Evans / 09 Feb 2016


Wiñay Wayna, on the Inca Trail, is surprisingly close to a  former pub. (Photo: Eduardo Zárate/flickr)

The pub at the foot of the Wiñay Wayna ruins, while it still existed, was perhaps the least likely place on earth for a casual dining bar and restaurant.

Pressed into the side of the Peruvian Andes at 8,694 feet, the pub is accessible only after days spent hiking the Inca Trail, a 400-year-old path that leads hikers on a grueling climb to a nearly 14,000-foot pass before plunging them down a knee-grinding trek into lush jungles and dense cloud forest below. The path, along with a handful of basic campsites and, of course, the breathtaking ruins dotted along the way, is the only evidence of human life that adventurers will encounter during their four-day journey to Machu Picchu.

Imagine, then, the feeling of alighting upon the pub: It’s the end of your third day of hiking. You’ve just passed the Wiñay Wayna ruins, a marvel of Incan stonework featuring still-intact houses, fountains and cascading verandas, upon which a scattering of llamas nip unperturbed at the grass. Below, the Urubamba River cuts a fine line through the towering slopes of the mountains. The air is thicker here than it was yesterday, when you dragged yourself across the 13,800-foot Dead Woman’s Pass. The hard work has been done, and tomorrow, you’ll rise from your tent at 3 a.m. for the final six-kilometer push into Machu Picchu. Camp is visible below.

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