Trips to Machu Picchu are a dream come true. Hidden by mountains and beautifully secluded, the city boasts centuries-old ruins and a look into Peruvian and Inca culture. Consequently, a trip to Machu Picchu is always invigorating, memorable and a must-experience destination.
Learn About Machu Picchu
The ancient Inca city, originally known as Patallaqta, is said to have been built by Inca Emperor Pachacuti in the 15th century. Due to the surrounding cliffs and hidden location, historians believe it was a fort for the Inca aristocracy. Then, after occupation by at least three generations, Machu Picchu was suddenly and mysteriously abandoned.
Centuries after being deserted, the famous Inca citadel was discovered in July 1911 by Yale University Professor Hiram Bingham. National Geographic Magazine published an extensive article on Machu Picchu in 1913. As a result, the “lost” city was revealed to the world. With the passing years, the importance of tourism to the citadel grew. Notably, it was named a World Heritage Site by UNESCO in 1983. Then, it was added as one of the Seven Wonders of the World in 2007.
Highlights of a Visit to Machu Picchu
Machu Picchu offers its visitors many beautiful spots. From the stunning mountain view in Cusco, to the breath-taking and peaceful scenery by Queullacocha Lake, trips to Machu Picchu are spectacular. Some of the sites observed at the citadel include the Intihuatana Stone, the Royal Tomb, and the peak of Huayna Picchu. Furthermore, the trip features the peace of the Andes, as well as awe-inspiring flora and fauna.
The ancient city has a lot of exceptional sites. Hence, it is advisable to hire a local tour guide who knows and understands the culture and history of the Inca Empire. An organized trip to Machu Picchu ensures the visit is fully enjoyable. Travelers will not be caught off-guard by the unexpected. From where to stay and the activities to do, tourists can rest assured everything will be taken care of. So, all you need to do is savor your trip to Machu Picchu.
Finally, if you want to go camping, visit the lesser known Inca sites or see all the glorious scenery in and around Machu Picchu, Alpaca Expeditions can help! Contact us today and learn more about our iconic trips to Machu Picchu.