Machu picchu

Machu picchu

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Machu Picchu Tours

Machu Picchu Tours- Visit one of the most intriguing destinations on the planet and one of the most breathtaking spots on earth which is Machu Picchu. Therefore, this stunning Peruvian site of Machu Picchu, the fabled “lost city of the Incas,” is South America’s greatest attraction, drawing ever-increasing numbers of visitors from across the globe. The Incas hid Machu Picchu so well that it escaped destruction by the empire-raiding Spaniards, which preserved its aura of mystery and magic. The 12 acres of terraces, gardens, staircases, temples and aqueducts sprawl along a jungle ridge above the Río Urubamba, a four-hour train ride and what seems a world away from Cusco. Simply put, Machu Picchu is one of those places that every single traveller should experience at least once in their lives.With Peru Summit – discover Machu Picchu and Cusco alongside the country’s finest travel local guides. Catch the sun rising over Huayna Picchu as the morning mist parts to reveal Machu Picchu. Explore this pre-Columbian fortress and other sites in the Sacred Valley with more inclusions, greater hands-on exploration, interactions with local experts, and the freedom to roam, all within the structure and security of travelling in a small group. Witness indigenous rituals and meet Andean artisans to gain an understanding of Peru’s deep cultural roots. On select Peru Summit – Peru and Machu Picchu trips, you may even travel to the Incan citadel aboard the elegant Hiram Bingham train. Find your vacation of your life on Peru Summit

Country Peru
Visa requirementsYes
Languages spokenSpanish
Currency usedPEN
Area (km2)325.92 km2

Sports & nature

Hiking, Sight-seeing, made for history lovers, nature lovers, culture lovers, photography lovers.Sports and nature image

Nightlife info

There are lots of bar restaurants where you can stay for a while sipping pisco sour and chilcano de pisco. From Thursday to Saturday the nightclubs start to warm up offering great places where to dance and drink. The town is safe enough for everyone.Nightlife image

Culture and history info

Machu Picchu--Since its rediscovery in 1911 and initial exploration by an American team of archaeologists from Yale during the next 4 years, the religious significance city of Machu Picchu has resonated far beyond the status of mere archaeological site. Reputed to be the legendary "lost city of the Incas," it is steeped in mystery and folklore. The unearthed complex, the only significant Inca site to escape the ravenous appetites of the Spanish conquistadors in the 16th century, ranks as the top attraction in Peru, and the greatest in South America and, for my money, one of the world's most stunning sights. Countless glossy photographs of the stone ruins, bridging the gap between two massive Andean peaks and swathed in cottony clouds, just can't do it justice. We might bet you distinctly remembering and seeing pictures of Machu Picchu in a textbook when you were child, perhaps 5 years old and dreaming that someday you would go there. The glorious city of the Incas more than lived up to all those years of expectation. It is dreamlike and remains so, even though it's a mandatory visit for virtually everyone who travels to Peru. Invisible from the Urubamba Valley below, Machu Picchu lay dormant for more than 4 centuries, nestled nearly 2,400m (8,000 ft.) above sea level under thick jungle and known only to a handful of Andean peasants. Never mentioned in the Spanish chronicles, it was seemingly lost in the collective memory of the Incas and their descendants. The ruins' unearthing, though, raised more questions than it answered, and experts still argue about the place Machu Picchu occupied in the Inca Empire. Was it a citadel? An agricultural site? An astronomical observatory? A ceremonial city or sacred retreat for the Inca emperor? Or some combination of all of these? Adding to the mystery, this complex city of exceedingly fine architecture and masonry was constructed, inhabited, and deliberately abandoned all in less than a century, a mere flash in the 4,000-year-history of Andean Peru. Machu Picchu was very probably abandoned even before the arrival of the Spanish, perhaps as a result of the Incas' civil war. perhaps it was drought that drove the Incas elsewhere. Or to keep away the spaniards from the sacred place. Bingham mistook Machu Picchu for the lost city of Vilcabamba, the last refuge of the rebellious Inca Manco Cápac. Machu Picchu, though, is not that lost city (which was discovered deeper in the jungle at Espíritu Pampa). Most historians believe that the 9th Inca emperor, Pachacútec (also called Pachacuti Inca Yupanqui), who founded the Inca Empire, established many of the hallmarks of its society, and built most of the greatest and most recognizable of Inca monuments, had the complex constructed sometime in the mid-1400s, probably after the defeat of the Chancas, a rival group, in 1438. Machu Picchu appears to have been both a ceremonial and astronomical center. Half its buildings were sacred in nature, but the latest research findings indicate that it was a royal retreat for Inca leaders rather than a sacred city. Never looted by the Spaniards, many of its architectural features remain in excellent condition, even if they ultimately do little to advance our understanding of the exact nature of Machu Picchu. One thing is certain: Machu Picchu is one of the world's great examples of landscape art. The Incas revered nature, worshiping celestial bodies and more earthly streams and stones. The spectacular setting of Machu Picchu reveals just how much they reveled in their environment. Steep terraces, gardens, and granite and limestone temples, staircases, and aqueducts seem to be carved directly out of the hillside. Forms echo the very shape of the surrounding mountains, and windows and instruments appear to have been constructed to track the sun during the June and December solstices. Machu Picchu lies 300m (1,000 ft.) lower than Cusco, but you'd imagine the exact opposite, so nestled are the ruins among mountaintops and clouds. The ruins are cradled at the center of a radius of Andean peaks, like the pistil at the center of a flower. Appreciating Machu Picchu for its aesthetic qualities is no slight to its significance. The Incas obviously chose the site for the immense power of its natural beauty. They, like we, must have been in awe of the snowcapped peaks to the east; the rugged panorama of towering, forested mountains and the sacred cliff of Putukusi to the west; and the city sitting gracefully like a proud saddle between two huge cerros, or peaks. It remains one of the most thrilling sights in the world. At daybreak, when the sun's rays creep silently over the jagged silhouette, sometimes turning the distant snowy peaks fiery orange, and then slowly, with great drama, cast brilliant light on the ruins building by building and row by row, it's enough to move some observers to tears and others to squeals of delight. Culture and history image

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