Tours in any part of Peru will always be very interesting and a once-in-a-lifetime experience. No one knows for sure exactly what role the site of Machu Picchu in particular played in Inca life, but some believe it was a retreat for the Inca elite. Building started around 1430 AD and was abandoned a hundred years later when the Spanish conquered the Inca Empire, but Machu Picchu Peru tours today have brought countless people to this sacred site.
The History Behind Machu Picchu Peru Tours
The site became a Peruvian Historical Sanctuary in 1981 and a UNESCO World Heritage Site in 1983. It is considered important as both a cultural and sacred place, and as such, any construction in the area is now restricted. “The Lost City of the Incas” it is known today as one of the most famous ruins in the world and is a familiar symbol of the Incan Empire. Machu Picchu is at the end of the Inca Trail, the most popular hike in South America, and one not to be missed by those traveling to this part of the world.
Machu Picchu is made up of several structures which are adjacent to terraces and plazas, arranged in groups. Some of these buildings used to be residences, while others were built for different purposes of significance for the locals and the Incan empire. The Incan city was established in 1200 AD, and around 1438AD it became the most known city in the area as a result of the power and influence of its ruler at the time.
This ruler’s son, Pachacuti, started a huge campaign of diplomacy and conquest that resulted in the extension of the Incan Empire to the other parts of the South American regions, reaching the Southern and Central Peruvian Highlands. Pachacuti, later with his own sons, managed to conquer large parts of the Peruvian coasts, Argentina, Chile and Bolivia.
There is so much history involved with all Machu Picchu Peru tours, and it isn’t to be missed. This is an extraordinary trip for anyone, If you are planning to tour Peru, then Alpaca Expeditions will be your best partner. With us, you will have access to Machu Picchu guided tours among other great offers. Get in touch today for a trek that will surely take you back in history and give you a chance to learn about the Americas oldest city.