Machu Picchu Citadel
Machu Picchu took some 30 years to construct. Built during the reign of Inca Pachacutec (1438 – 1471), Due to limited historical information the true and original name of this epic Inca citadel is unknown. Machu Picchu’s name derives from the mountain that lies to the south-west of the citadel, meaning “Old Mountain.”
Machu Picchu citadel covers a vast area of approximately 9 hectares (22.3 acres), and is constructed on a mountain ridge high above the Sacred Valley. Machu Picchu is split into two main sectors: the Agricultural Sector in the south and the Urban Sector in the north, of which both are roughly equal in size. Granite stone was the main building material used in the construction of Machu Picchu, which was obtained from onsite quarries and others within close proximity. The Agricultural Sector is largely made up of row after row of stepped terraces and store houses, whilst the Urban Sector is made up of streets, corrals, kanchas, storehouses, lodgings and impressive temples. The finest Inca construction techniques were reserved for the Royal Quarter; the best examples are found at the Sacred Square, the Temple of the Sun and the Temple of the Moon. This magic and epic Inca citadel is one of South America’s greatest archaeological sites. In 1981, Machu Picchu was declared a Peruvian Historical Sanctuary and later in 1983, it became a UNESCO World Heritage Site.
World Wonder definitely worth to visit!
3 Hours Before Flight Time
Travelling to Cusco shouldn’t be underestimated remember the Inca empire is located at 3,400 meters (11,200ft), therefore we strongly recommend to consult your doctor about altitude pills and the vaccines you may need.
You can expect a really pleasant adventure that you will remember for a long time. You will visit the Inca city of Machu Picchu which is located about 2500 meters (8200 feet) above sea level. The visit to this Inca city is very unique and special. You will see several ancient Inca ruins on the way there and eventually you will reach Macchu Picchu. You will experience the walks that the Incas did during their existence in that magical place. You will do the following activities:
Welcome at the airport and transfer to the hotel in Cusco.
19:00 Briefing and recommendations about the car trip to Machu Picchu
Early in the morning a bus will come to pick you up to go to Sta. Teresa (Lunch) until the Central Hidroelectrica of Machu Picchu point. At this point we leave the bus to start walking to Aguas Calientes ( the town of Machu Picchu) Dinner in the town.
Hotel night in Aguas Calientes: Hotel selected: Machu Picchu, Pachakuteq, Continental.
After breakfast at the hotel
Machu Picchu exc: we will start a walk 45 mins to Machu Picchu citadel. We visit take pictures, guided tour explanation. Later afternoon we return to Hidroelectrica point to get the bus to return to Cusco.
Hotel night in Cusco
Breakfast at the Hotel
At an agreed time transfer from the hotel to the Airport to get your flight to your next destination