Machu Picchu is tangible evidence of the urban Inca Empire at the peak of its power and achievement—a citadel of cut stone fit together without mortar so tightly that its cracks still can’t be penetrated by a knife blade. It stands 2,430 m above sea-level, in the middle of a tropical mountain forest, in an extraordinarily beautiful setting. It was probably the most amazing urban creation of the Inca Empire at its height; its giant walls, terraces and ramps seem as if they have been cut naturally in the continuous rock escarpments. The natural setting, on the eastern slopes of the Andes, encompasses the upper Amazon basin with its rich diversity of flora and fauna. It is situated on a mountain ridge above the Sacred Valley which is 80 kilometers (50 mi) northwest of Cuzco and through which the Urubamba River flows.
The complex of palaces and plazas, temples and homes may have been built as a ceremonial site, a military stronghold, or a retreat for ruling elites—its dramatic location is certainly well suited for any of those purposes. The ruins lie on a high ridge, surrounded on three sides by the windy, turbulent Urubamba River some 2,000 feet (610 meters) below.
The Inca’s achievements and skills are all the more impressive in light of the knowledge they lacked. When Machu Picchu was built some 500 years ago the Inca had no iron, no steel, and no wheels. Their tremendous effort apparently benefited relatively few people—some experts maintain that fewer than a thousand individuals lived here.
Machu Picchu was declared a Peruvian Historical Sanctuary in 1981 and a UNESCO World Heritage Site in 1983. In 2007, Machu Picchu was voted one of the New Seven Wonders of the World in a worldwide Internet poll.
Machu Picchu was built in the classical Inca style, with polished dry-stone walls. Its three primary structures are the Inti Watana, the Temple of the Sun, and the Room of the Three Windows, of which your tour will visit all three.
This Machu Picchu Tour is booked with an Expedition Tourist train, reserved seats.
Transfer from hotel approx at 6.30 -6.45 am. This will be reconfirmed by main office the day before the tour at your check-in.
For those of you not interested in trekking or staying overnight in Aguas Calientes, this is our 1 day tour to Machu Picchu – it will leave Cusco early in the morning and you will return to your hotel that same evening. We will still take care of all the logistics and you will be escorted through the ruins with an amazing Peru Travel Club tour guide.
Cusco – Machu Picchu
Summary of The Day: Join this full-day adventure to unearth the mysteries of majestic Machu Picchu without having to hike the trail! Start the day by rising early and enjoying a scenic train ride to the town of Aguas Calientes. Transfer to a bus for a brief journey to the much-visited archaeological site of Machu Picchu.
There’s a reason why this awesome complex is celebrated, loved, and mused over by historians, travelers, stargazers, and mystics – it is simply one of the most astounding places on Earth! Built at the height of the Inca Empire, it is widely believed that the citadel was originally built to serve as an estate for the Inca emperor Pachacutec. Learn about the history of this impressive site from your guide while you spend the morning walking through the ruins.
After the tour you will have free time to explore the complex at your own pace. Why not walk to the Sun Gate for sweeping views of the area below or wander the stone path of Inca Bridge? Don’t forget to capture the beauty of this UNESCO World Heritage Site, as there are loads of photo-worthy moments waiting around every corner!
At 4pm we’ll begin the return journey to the bright lights of Cusco. Hop on the train and ride back to the city, away from the awe-inspiring heritage of mighty Machu Picchu – a mesmerizing place that will leave an imprint on your soul.
Tips: Your passport details are required for Machu Picchu Full Day Tour (Full Name and Passport Number). Please provide your passport details in the additional request box when booking. In the event you do not provide your passport details we reserve the right to decline your booking request.
At 7:00pm the day before you will have a briefing with a guide about the tour to Machu Picchu in the lobby of your hotel.
Please provide the name and address of your hotel in Cusco in the comments section of the online booking system.
* Earliest pick-up time: 5:15am
* Return time: 9:00pm
Prices Machupicchu 2016
|Private Service – Standard Tour|
| $280 per person|
$20 discount for those with ISIC cards
To go by the Vistadome: $65 for one way or $100 roundtrip
Add Huaynapicchu for $25 per person.
WHAT IS INCLUDED?
- Early transfer at 06:30/ 06:45 am from your hotels to Poroy or Ollanta train station.
- Expedition train ticket from Poroy or Ollanta to Aguas Calientes.
- Expedition train ticket return to Cusco or Ollanta and Private bus to Cusco.
- Tourist bus from Aguas Calientes to Machu picchu (25-30 minutes).
- Admission entrance ticket for Machu-picchu sanctuary.
- Guided tour in English (2 hours approximately) (2 hrs free time to explore in your own).
- Tourist bus from Machu Picchu to Aguas Calientes.
- Transfer from station to your hotel.
- Buffet lunch – Aguas Calientes.
- Sanctuary Hotel restaurant US$40 for a lunch, even snacks are expensive.
- It is recommended to bring snacks and drinks with you.