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30th April, 2021

Once in your lifetime…

In the last instalment of our once in your lifetime blog series, we discover stunning Machu Picchu in Peru.

Experience Machu Picchu

It’s on every traveller’s ‘must do’ list: ascending the eastern slopes of the Peruvian Andes to see the ruined citadel of Machu Picchu, one of the Seven Wonders of the World.

Set high on a mountain ridge, the Urubamba River snaking around it some 2,000 feet below, Machu Picchu is one of the most important archaeological sites in the world.

A complex of palaces, plazas, temples and houses, its precise purpose is still a mystery to scholars and archaeologists. But whatever it was built for, Machu Picchu is a testament to the power and skill of the Inca Empire.

Perfectly crafted into and around the steep mountainous terrain, the citadel was built when the Inca had no iron, steel or wheels. Every stone is so precisely cut they fit together without mortar, and the terraces were designed and engineered in such a way as to preserve soil, promote agriculture, aid irrigation and limit erosion on the surrounding slopes.

Machu Picchu was unknown to the Western world until 1911, after which the famous Inca Trail opened for visitors hiking to the site on foot. Today, the easiest way to reach Machu Picchu is by train. It’s a scenic journey, tracing the Urubamba River through the Sacred Valley before ascending into the mountains to this magical, mystical place. Bring your camera, and a sense of adventure!

Discover this ancient wonder on our Land of the Incas tour.

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