Tour Machu Picchu with VIP - The ancient Inca citadel at Machu Picchu is one of the world's most spiritual sites and quite possibly the greatest archeological discovery of the Western world. It also is one of several top bucket list travel destinations in South America.
Tour Machu Picchu – The ancient Inca citadel is one of the world’s most spiritual sites and quite possibly the greatest archeological discovery of the Western world. It also is one of several top bucket list travel destinations in South The citadel offers one of the world’s finest examples of architectural landscape nested atop a mountain saddle high above the Urubamba River in the middle of a cloud forest. It once was a center of worship and astronomic observatory, as well as the private retreat of the royal Incan family. Machu Picchu is split into two main areas: The agricultural zone (with terracing and food stores) and the urban zone (featuring the sacred sector with its temples, squares and royal tombs carved to an astounding degree of perfection).
Looming over the citadel proper, the 1,200 foot above sea level Huayna Picchu (or young mountain in the Quechua language) can be climbed via a steep stone-paved trail. There isn’t a better view of the citadel to be found. The gates to Huayna Picchu open at 7am and close at 1pm daily. Only 400 people are allowed to summit this peak everyday, so it’s important to plan accordingly and arrive early (this also provides the best picture taking opportunities with less tourists around).
Getting to Machu Picchu is part of the adventure but requires acclimitizing to the high altitude to truly enjoy this special experience. We recommend exploring other destinations, such as Such as the Amazon followed by Lima and Cusco, ahead of your trip to Machu Picchu to feel more comfortable at the high elevations found here. En route to the citadel, you’ll travel by train alongside the roaring Urubamba River, as well as by bus up the final winding slopes.
Once at the citadel, you’re free to wonder at your own pace, enjoying amazing hiking and climbing along uneven paths framed by incredible views and history.
For those who may have a bit more vacation time, we highly recommend considering a combination Machu Picchu-Galapagos tour.
You’ll be regaling friends with stories of your amazing journey to Machu Picchu for years to come!
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