Machu Picchu is known worldwide as one of the seven wonders of the modern world, because it is a magnificent work of architecture and engineering from the Incan period. This magnificent place has been considered a World Heritage Site since the ‘80s.
Machu Picchu stands between the Andes and the Amazon forest. The entire area that surrounds the site was a region colonized by Andean populations (not jungle populations) that came from Vilcabamba and the Sacred Valley in Cuzco, looking to expand their agricultural lands. Archaeological evidence indicates that agricultural practices in the region date back to approximately 760 BC. There was a significant population increase beginning in 900 AD among unknown tribes, but they may have had links with neighboring ethnic groups.
This is an all-day tour from 6:30 a.m. to 9:20 p.m. (approximate times, which may vary). We will pick you up very early from the hotel and head to the village of Poroy or Ollantaytambo in tourist transportation, arriving at the train station to board the train for a three-and-a-half-hour journey to the town of Aguas Calientes, where we will have lunch in a restaurant. On the way we will see stunning natural beauty.
Upon arrival in Aguas Calientes, we will take a 30-minute bus ride to the sanctuary of Machu Picchu, where we will have a guided tour exploring this magnificent example of architectural perfection and hydraulics for about two hours.
The excursion includes a guided tour of the citadel, visiting the Main Plaza, the Circular Tower, the Sacred Sun Dial, the Royal Quarters, the Temple of the Three Windows and the cemeteries. You will have free time to walk through the citadel. Then we will descend to the town of Aguas Calientes where you can enjoy the hot springs if you wish. At 5:00 p.m., we will board the train to return to the town of Ollantaytambo or Poroy and then take transportation back to the city of Cusco.
Bring a jacket, hat, sunhat, and sunscreen. Bring a rain jacket during the rainy season from October through March. Bring comfortable walking shoes
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