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Machu Picchu and the Inca Trail

Framed by spectacular Andean peaks and surrounded by verdant jungle, Machu Picchu is an eye-tantalizing tribute to man in harmony with nature. Located high above the clouds, the city's streets, temples and staircases spread across a jungle ridge that eventually plunges more than 300 meters into the treacherous waters of the Río Urubamba below. Everything within this city, from the intricate terraces and delicate gardens to the complex system of aqueducts, was designed to both promote and preserve the sacred relationship between man and nature. Natural phenomena, like the sun, moon, water and earth, were sacred to the Inca and were the inspiration for much of the city's layout.

Besides its awe-inspiring architecture and spiritual atmosphere, perhaps the most enchanting aspect of Machu Picchu is its relative historical ambiguity. Since it was first introduced to the modern world in 1911 by Yale archeologist Hiram Bingham, this mountain city has yet to reveal the purpose of its origins. A number of theories have circulated throughout intellectual circles, including one suggesting that it was a boarding school where the children of those conquered by the Inca were brainwashed. However most historians and archaeologists believe it served as a religious center and vacation home for Cusco's Royal Inca.

Despite, or perhaps due to its enigmatic character, Machu Picchu has become one of the single most popular destiniations in South America, drawing up to 2,500 people a day to its ancient grounds, high above the Sacred Valley.

Next to the entrance to the ruins, you will find a left-luggage office, toilets, a shop and a place to hire guides. During the dry season, the ruins are a popular area for sandflies, so take insect repellent and wear long pants and shirt.

Before visiting, get updated info on Machu Picchu entrance fees, Inca Trail Tours. Tours of Machu Picchu can be arranged in Cusco.


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Other places nearby Machu Picchu and the Inca Trail: Cusco, Yucay, Pisac, Andahuaylillas and San Pedro, Chinchero, Aguas Calientes (Machu Picchu Town), Ollantaytambo, Cusco: South of the Plaza de Armas and Urubamba.







20 Apr 2012

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The Inca Trail

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Salcantay

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Lares Valley Trek

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Short Inca Trail

121084If you do not have the time or youthfulness (we are both 65 and my husband has had a knee replacement), the short Inca trail can be a most rewarding way to travel to Machu Picchu. About 11 km, a ...
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Choquequirao

Among trekking opportunities in the Sacred Valley this rigorous trail entices trekkers with the chance to view magnificent, albeit less well-known, Inca ruins, and it has become a popular alternative ...
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Salcantay alternative route

116359The alternative trek takes in three more unusual, quieter campsites along the route, largely away from other tourists. On the alternative Salcantay trek, many choose to take transport further along ...
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Machu Picchu Tours

Machu Picchu Tours

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Cusco Tours

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Cusco, Peru

Lima Tours

As a huge, thriving metropolis, Lima can be overwhelming when it comes to planning the day. Its numerous museums, churches, colonial buildings and pre-Columbian ruins are enough to exhaust even the ...
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