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Machu Picchu tops travel wishlist

A travel website has selected the Inca citadel of Machu Picchu in southeastern Peru as the destination that travellers most want to see.

Hostelworld.com asked users to vote on their top adventure destination in its My Awesome Escape contest, and the Inca site won by more than a million votes.

Peru's Foreign Trade and Tourism Minister Magali Silva said: "This is the result of constant promotional work in the main tourism source countries for one of the most celebrated destinations in our country, and of the special conservation work done by local officials at the Incan sanctuary, which welcomed 1,177,308 tourists in 2013."

Machu Picchu was the top pick of Hostelworld.com users, followed by the Full Moon Party in Thailand and a visit to South Africa's Kruger National Park, Silva said.

"For a Peruvian destination to be the most desired in the world among a considerable number of voters … shows that our country is on the minds of the end consumer," he said.

The discovery of another stretch of the Inca Road in Machu Picchu opens the way for new offerings for tourists, giving visitors a different perspective on the citadel, the minister said.

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