One of the archaeological wonders of the world, Machu Picchu is a highlight of any visit to Peru. This ancient citadel, discovered by Hiram Bingham in 1911, is the largest of the Peruvian Inca ruins, and is believed to have been an important ceremonial site. Visitors will marvel at the feats of engineering that have survived over a thousand years and many earthquakes. All who see it appreciate the beauty of the site as well as the nature surrounding it.
Machu Picchu Highlights:
Inca City Engineering
Visitors can't help but admire the clean lines of the stones making up the citadel. When you consider that these were cut in the quarry from huge rocks by hand, it is amazing to contemplate that earthquakes, which damaged Colonial buildings in the city below spared Machu Picchu from any damage.
The Incas' religion involved the skies, and clues throughout Machu Picchu offer evidence of their advanced understanding of astronomy. Modern scholars are not yet certain how the Inca's were able to carefully align so many of their structures with various constellations, but the evidence speaks for itself.
Machu Picchu Tours:
Full-Day Machu Picchu Excursion
No trip to Peru is complete without a visit to this wonder. You'll take an early morning train from Cusco to the village of Aguas Calientes. Here, you'll transfer to a motor coach to visit "The Lost City of the Incas." An expert guide will lead you around the magnificent citadel and share the secrets of Inca architecture and their way of life. Then, you'll have free time to wander and admire this awe-inspiring edifice on your own.
Full-Day Machu Picchu Excursion on Hiram Bingham Rail Coach
Travel in high style via this Orient Express luxury train, named after the man who discovered Machu Picchu. You'll enjoy a sumptuous brunch on the 3 and half hour journey during which you'll admire magnificent Andean peaks. Upon your afternoon arrival, you'll have a guided tour of The Lost City of the Incas, when the site is virtually empty. Stroll around the temple on your own before enjoying afternoon tea at the Machu Picchu Sanctuary Lodge Hotel. You'll board the train at sunset to enjoy your luxurious journey home, complete with a 4-course gourmet dining experience and live entertainment.
Machu Picchu Featured Hotel:
Footsteps away from where the Incas slept, this is the only hotel atop the mountain location of Machu Picchu itself. The Sanctuary lodge offers many rooms within sight of the surrounding Andes. It has lovely gardens to relax in and offers fine dining with breathtaking views.
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