Why Visit Machu Picchu…


Machu Picchu is one of the most popular places to visit in South America and in the world.

Unknown to the outside world until 1911, its mystique and stunning location on a mountain ridge have been attracting visitors ever since. In 2007, this stone citadel in the sky was voted one of the New 7 Wonders of the World.

The ancient Inca ruins are considered to be some of the most beautiful and mysterious sites in the world. Among the most impressive are the ruins at the Sacred Valley and Machu Picchu; best experienced when hiking the Inca Trail.

The train ride to the base of Machu Picchu is one of the most scenic in the world. The train winds alongside a muddy, roaring river. As the train descends into the tropical forest, the weather becomes hot and humid. Machu Picchu is 450 meters below the city of Cuzco, where it is noticeably easier to breathe. From the final train stop at Aguas Calientes, you can hike or ride a bus up to Machu Picchu.

The nature and the views are not the same as the photos, seeing this spectacular place in person has no comparison.  The backdrop to the most panoramic views of Machu Picchu is Huayna Picchu, this mountain overhanging the ruins is the best vantage point you can find, it reaches 2,667 meters high.

You can visit the town of Chincheros, a vestige of living cultures, where you can experience the process of spinning, dyeing and weaving alpaca wool, inherited from the Inca ancestors.  The pre-Hispanic cultures and the Incas managed to coexist in harmony with the rugged Peruvian geography, they dominated with wisdom a sea rich in fish and the sands of the desert where they raised pyramids that defied until the time. In the Andes they made roads and bridges that are still used and built with their advanced stone, cities of engineering. In the jungle they adapted to nature and developed civilizations thanks to the protection of the Pachamama.

It is not surprising that Machu Picchu is the most visited place in Peru