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Machu Picchu travel vacation | Travel & Vacation Tips & Resources

Visit The Sacred City Of Machu Picchu

 

Machu Picchu, the lost city of the Incas

 

A spectacular vacation that is both fun and educational is to spend some time at Machu Picchu in Peru.

Machu Picchu - the lost city of the Incas, Peru

Machu Picchu - the lost city of the Incas, Peru

There are many different trips you can arrange to visit this sacred place. A typical itinerary you may encounter would resemble the following:

*Day 1: Lima, Peru. Founded by Francisco Pizarro, a Spanish conquistador, on January 5, 1535 – the eve of the Epiphany of the Magi – Lima’s original name of La Ciudad de los Reyes, or “City of the Kings” has a long and interesting history.

*Day 2: Lima – Cusco – Sacred Valley. After a tasty breakfast at your hotel, you will fly to Cusco. There you will be met by a local guide who will drive you to the Sacred Valley of the Incas for a day-long tour. The Sacred Valley is 8,500 feet above sea level, and was the heart of the Incan Empire. You’ll stop at the local village of Pisac and see its colorful marketplace. After a nice lunch, you’ll visit the fortress of Ollantaytambo and its companion Incan town of the same name. This place is still inhabited and its original layout and architecture is perfectly preserved.

*Day 3: Sacred Valley. After breakfast, enjoy your day exploring the valley. Visit villages, ruins and markets, or take some time to go mountain biking or rafting. Have fun!

*Day 4: Sacred Valley – Machu Picchu. After your morning meal, you’ll board the Vistadome train to take you to Machu Picchu. This 1.5 hour trip follows the spectacular gorge around the Urubamba River. You will arrive at Aguas Calientes, or Machu Picchu Pueblo.

*Day 5: Machu Picchu – Cusco. Spend part of the day exploring the ruins on your own. When you’re done, you’ll get a shuttle bus to Machu Picchu Village, where you’ll catch the train for Cusco.

*Day 6: Cusco. Nearby Incan ruins are available by guided tour. See Kenko “The Labyrinth,” the ceremonial bath of Tambomachay and more. You’ll never forget the huge fortress known as Sacsayhuaman. A walking tour will help you enjoy more historical sites like the Santo Domingo Temple and the Cathedral on the Plaza de Armas.

*Day 7: Cusco – Lima. You’ll take a flight back to Lima and then home.

Some of the incredible things you’ll witness on this trip will never be forgotten. At Sacsayhuaman, your guide will challenge you to slip a sheet of paper through the cracks between the stone blocks. They were cut with such precision that they remain in place centuries later without a single dab of mortar.

Machu Picchu is one of the most incredible sacred sites known in the world. The Intihuatana stone was placed so precisely that twice a year “the sun stands almost directly above the pillar, creating no shadow.” These stones were sacred to the Inca, and many were destroyed by the Spanish conquistadors. The Inca believed that if one of these stones was broken at a shrine, the deities either left or died. The Spaniards did not find Machu Picchu, so we are fortunate to have this stone intact to see.

“The Machu Picchu Guidebook” may help you and your family prepare for this epic journey of a lifetime.

For Machu Picchu tourist and travel information go to Machu Picchu Travel

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