Machu Picchu features breathtaking scenery and is tucked away in the northwest part of Peru in Cuzco. This rocky countryside is believed to have been a royal estate at one time, and for Inca leaders, it was the site for sacred religious events. Unfortunately, the entire civilization of Machu Picchu was wiped out in the 16th century by Spanish invaders. In fact, other than peasants living in the region, civilization did not even know this beautiful part of the earth existed until it was stumbled upon by Hiram Bingham, an American archaeologist, in 1911.
The Machu Picchu area stretches out over a distance of fives miles and has more than 3,000 stones that provide linkage between its various levels. There are many people who travel from all over the world to visit this ancient site. If you decide to take advantage of a Machu Picchu tour package, make sure to stick around to see the sunset over this awe-inspiring manmade wonder.
When you go on a Machu Picchu tour, your first day will consist of arriving in Lima and being transferred to your hotel. You’ll get settled in and spend a relaxing night in the city of Lima. The next day, you will take a ride to the airport and catch your flight to Cusco. Once your plane lands, you’ll go directly to your hotel in Cusco. It’s on day 3 of your trip that you will take a tour of the Sacred Valley. This tour is guided and will start by arriving in the colonial town known as Pisac. Here you will find a very colorful market.
You’ll enjoy a lunch buffet in the province of Urubamba on day 3, as well. Then you will visit a few other nearby ancient areas, followed by going back to your hotel. You can spend your nighttime however you prefer. On day 4, you’ll awake to an early breakfast at your hotel and then continue your trip by visiting Machu Picchu. The entire tour is guided and you will learn lots of interesting facts about the local area. On day 5 of your trip, you will make your way back to the airport and be flown back to Lima.
Please note that your tour package includes all of the following:
- Taxes and fees
- Lima Cusco Lima flights
- Limited insurance
- All the services mentioned
- Entrance fees where indicate
- Four nights accommodation at chosen hotels
- English or Spanish speaking guides
- Visit to Machu Picchu by train
- Meals as mentioned in the itinerary
- Personal assistance during the tour