Machu Picchu

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Machu Picchu is an absolute must-see, no matter how many tourists go there!

These truly awe-inspiring ruins are worth seeing with your own eyes, which is why they are included in every visit to the Cusco area. 

Aguas Calientes, the village situated at the foot of Machu Picchu, is nice but very touristy, so we won't spend much time there. 

Aguas Calientes is the arrival point for the train you will travel on from Ollantaytambo, and the departing point for the vans that will take you to the entrance of the Machu Picchu ruins. There, a professional guide will take you on a two-hour private tour, during which you will learn about the history of the citadel, and the many secrets and legends lying behind its stones.

Included in your tour fees (for all trips to the Sacred Valley of the Incas in Peru):

- Admission to Machu Picchu 

- Train ticket to Aguas Calientes and back to Ollantaytambo

- Lunch in Aguas Calientes

- Return transport from Aguas Calientes to the ruins

- Private tour of the ruins with a professional guide 

History

Machu Picchu is an ancient Inca citadel, built in 1450. Historians believe that it was built for an Inca emperor, and that every year, he would choose the most talented and devoted members of the Inca society to accompany him within these walls for one year. Archeologists still puzzle over its architecture and the building methods used by the Incas.  How did they transport stones weighing 50 tons over a distance of several kilometres, and then place them one on top of another?  Theories abound, but there is no clear response.

The Incas would only enjoy this magnificent city for one century, until they were forced to abandon it upon the arrival of the Spaniards. Fortunately, the Spanish never found Machu Picchu, which explains why it remains in outstanding condition over 500 years later.

 
In 2007, Machu Picchu was voted one of the new Seven Wonders of the World.

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