Before Spanish conquistadors discovered South America, the Incas ruled the largest empire on the continent from their capital in what is now Peru.  They kept records using a system of knotted ropes called quipus, constructed awe-inspiring stone buildings without the aid of modern technology (or even the wheel),  and conquered a territory that stretched from modern-day Ecuador to Chile.

Today, other than small artifacts like ceramics and the mysterious quipus, all that remains of the Incan Empire is a series of deserted temples and cities surrounded by jungle.  These cities have become well-known tourist attractions. Macchu Picchu, an Incan city near Cuzco, is famous for its massive  temple, the Temple of the Sun.

If you’d like to see Macchu Picchu for yourself, now is the time to go. NileGuidance has a post up with some great last-minute travel deals to South America. For example, if you take advantage of AeroMexico’s Much More Than Mexico sale, you could snag round-trip tickets to Lima for between $298 to $349, depending on your departure city.  The Spirit Air special mentioned in the NileGuidance post has expired, but tickets from Ft. Lauderdale to Lima are currently available on the Spirit Air website for $169 each way.

However, these offers are only good for a limited time. The Spirit Air offer must be booked by midnight tonight, and the deadline for the AeroMexico offer is May 8th.

So, if you want to take advantage of these deals, you’ll need to get express passport service if you don’t already have a passport. To make sure your trip goes off without a hitch,  it’s a good idea to use a private passport expediting company to submit your application.  If you apply for express passport service from the government, you’ll need to allow at least 3 weeks before your departure date for processing time. If you order an express passport from an expediting company, the processing time can be as little as 24 hours!

Are you ready to travel? Order your express passport today!