Since Hiram Bingham
"discover" Machupicchu in 19911, the site has
captured the imagination of much of the world an is, perhaps,
the single feature which people commonly identify with Perú.
Machupicchu was not really The
Lost City of the Incas because most of the
Indian residents of the zone knew about of the site when
Bingham arrived to "discover it. Nor was it the site of
the Incas last refuge before the advance of the Spanish
armies. In fact, the last Inca rulers probably withdrew from
Machupicchu once the Spanish gained control of the upper
Machupicchu was a
flourishing ceremonial and agricultural site, probably the
gateway to the jungle marches of the Empire. The central
buildings were erected with the polished stoneworks of the
Cusco Imperial style, though the site was probably occupied
well before the Incas started their expansion. It was closely
associated with the earth cut revolving around the Coca leaf,
which was a privilege of the Inca Royal family and priests.
Coca is still consumed today by the Andean peasant, mixed with
lime and chewed. It take the bite out of hunger and fatigue,
but has more important significance on social and magical
ruins –staircases, terraces, temples, palaces, towers,
fountains, the famous Intiwatana and the Museo the
Sitio below the ruins require at least one day, some say tow.
The mountain overlooking the site, Huaynapicchu,
has steps to the top for a superlative view of the whole
ruins, but it’s not for those who get giddy, the walk up
takes about one hour but the steps are dangerous after bad
In the morning we pick you up at your hotel
to go to the train station, place where
we will board the train that will transport us to the town of
"Aguas Calientes". There we are going to take the
bus that will take us to the citadel of Machupicchu, guided
visit for 3 hours. Finished our tour of the main atractions of
the archaeological sanctuary, we go down in bus to "Aguas
Calientes", where we are going to lunch (not included),
return to Cusco.
At your arrival we will be waiting for you at the train
station, to take you to your hotel.