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October 10, 2015

Inca Trail to Machu Picchu

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Machu Picchu, meaning “Old Mountain”, rises up above the Urubamba river and reaches a height of 2,430m above sea level. On it stands a pre-Columbian 15th Century Inca site, which dates back to the emperor Pachacuti who ruled between 1438–1472. Looming over the ruins, the mountain called Huayna Picchu, or “Young Mountain”. Often referred to as “The Lost City of the Incas”, it is perhaps the most familiar icon of the Inca World. The complex of buildings comprise stone  blocks  fitted  with  masterful  precision  that  harmoniously  blends  into  the  mountain  landscape.  There  are  many  theories  as  to  the  origins behind  Machu  Picchu  but  three  of  the  most  popular  ideas  include  a  temple  to  the  sun,  a  fortress  against  the  jungle  inhabitants  or  a  sanctuary  for  the  Incas.  This  fabulous  city  has  houses,  temples,  warehouses,  a  large  central  square,  all  connected  by  narrow  roads  and  steps,  and  is  surrounded  by  terraces  cut  into  the  mountain  side  which  were  used  for  agriculture.

As part of their network system, the Incas built a road to the Machu Picchu region across the back of the Andes, from central Chile to Northern Ecuador. Today, a 54km stretch of this ancient road way is open to the public and has becomes known as theInca Trail.  Today, tens of thousands of tourists walk the Inca Trail to visit Machu Picchu each year. Arriving to the ancient ruins in the early to watch the sun rise over Machu Picchu, is a memory that will last a lifetime.

This tour is 10 days starting and ending in Lima

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Trip Grade

 

10 Days, 9 Nights

4,200m

Peru

Trekking, Culture, Nature, History

All year – best mid March to November

Tents and Hotels

IC FP

Offer is valid for all tours booked and paid for prior to the 31 May 2013, subject to Inca Trail Permits being available

Additional Info
Country: Peru
Website URL: You need to be a club member - if you want to see it!
Top Travel Voucher: US$1860 per person sharing minimum of 2 people
Contact Email: You need to be a club member - if you want to see it!
Contact Name: You need to be a club member - if you want to see it!
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Top Travel Activities : Adventure Travel , Backpacking , Heritage & Cultural , Sightseeing , South America


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