Lost City, Found Machu Picchu

    Simply put, Machu Picchu is one of those places that every single traveller should experience at least once in their lives. Perched on a ridge high above the Sacred Valley and protected from the invading Spaniards, it survives to this day as the best-preserved relic of Inca civilization. And while it’s commonly referred to as the “Lost City of the Incas,” the Inca themselves always knew where it was. Thankfully, their descendants have opened it up to the rest of us to tour, explore, learn, and tap into the unbelievable calm this sacred place stirs in those who come here. For a so-called lost city, it’s a great place to find yourself.

    What will I find at the top of Machu Picchu?


    Photo: Intihuatana, Manchu Picchu

    Translated from Quechua by Hiram Bingham, the American explorer commonly credited with “re-discovering” Machu Picchu in 1911, this ritual stone’s name means “hitching post of the sun.” Researchers believe the Inca used it as an astrologic clock or calendar – if you’re here at midday on November 11 or January 30, the stone will be almost directly under the sun and cast no shadow.

    Sun Gate

    Photo:  Sun Gate Pachu Picchu

    If Machu Picchu is your reward for climbing the Inca Trail, the Sun Gate is the ribbon on the top. The first thing most travellers see when they come across the site, the spot offers a pair of unforgettable views: Machu Picchu itself in front, and the Inca Trail tumbling down the mountains behind you. (Make sure you snap a picture of both.)

    Temple of the Sun

    Temple of Sun Machu Picchu

    The Inca considered the sun a deity, and this temple is believed to be one of Machu Picchu’s most sacred structures. Consisting of a circular wall enclosing a large ceremonial stone, the temple is linked to the winter solstice, when the sun’s position in the sky causes light to pour in through a window, bathing the stone in celestial light.

    Funerary Rock

    Photo:  Funerary Rock Machu Picchu

    One of Machu Picchu’s best scenic overlooks (and that’s saying something), this building is believe to be where priests who inhabited the site were mummified upon death. If you’re willing to make the climb, you can see the whole of Machu Picchu from here. If you’re lucky, you might even stumble across the site’s ace grounds-keeping crew: a small herd of llamas and alpacas.

    Inca Trail in a day

    Photo:  Inca Trail Machu Picchu

    Short on time or don’t think you can handle the full Lares Trek up the Inca Trail? Check out our single-day option. On selected trips, take on the last part of the famous route to Machu Picchu in just one day. Space is limited, so early booking is essential.

    DEPART:   May 20, 2021 from Lima, Peru

    8 days: Lima to Lima - Agent Hosted Tour

    $1,529.00 CAD

    Sale Price effective:  August 1, 2020 to October 21, 2020 taxes included

    Was $1,799.00 CAD

    $350 deposit due at time of booking

    Balance due 60 Days from departure March 21, 2021

    BookwithConfidence:  Effective now until December 31, 2020, book travel with us departing before December 31, 2020 and you can cancel and rebook up to 14 days prior to your departure date, or for tours departing between January 1, 2021 and December 31, 2021 you can cancel and rebook up to 30 days prior to your departure date. Terms and conditions apply.

    What's Included

    • Your G for Good Moment: Ccaccaccollo Community and Women's Weaving Co-op visit, Ccaccaccollo
    • Your G for Good Moment: Parwa Community Restaurant the Sacred Valley, Lamay
    • Your Discover Moment: Cusco
    • Sacred Valley guided tour
    • Pottery making demonstration
    • Train to Machu Picchu
    • Machu Picchu guided tour
    • Internal flights
    • All transport between destinations and to/from included activities

    Last Updated: September 8, 2020

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