... one of the wonders of the world
Machu Picchu ("old mountain" in
Quechua, the ancient language of the Incas) nestles on top of a mountain
saddle high above the Urubamba River in the middle of the cloud forest. It
was both a center of worship and astronomic observatory as well as the
private retreat of the family of Inca ruler Pachacútec. It is split into
two major areas: the agricultural zone, made up of terracing and food
storehouses; and the urban zone, featuring the sacred sector, with
temples, squares and royal tombs which have been carved to an
extraordinary degree of perfection. The stone staircases and canals are
found throughout this unique archaeological site. Over the citadel looms
Huayna Picchu ("young mountain" in Quechua), which can be
climbed up a steep stone-paved trail
The Machu Picchu historic sanctuary, and particularly the forests that
line both banks of the Urubamba River, below the citadel of Machu Picchu
itself, are home to the habitats of an enormous variety of bird species,
calculated at more than 400, such as the cock-of-the-rocks (Rupicola
Peruviana), considered Peru's national bird. The area also features
brightly-colored orchids and tree-born ferns, considered treasures of the
Located in the department of Cuzco, covering an area of 32,592
hectares, the Machu Picchu Historic Sanctuary protects unique species of
flora and fauna, as well as featuring some breath-taking landscapes and
preserving the archaeological sites to be found here. Much of the beauty
and enchantment of Machu Picchu, Peru's premier tourist attraction, is due
to its spectacular natural surroundings: the cloud forest region
of this historic sanctuary.
Machu Picchu is home to some striking species, such as the
cock-of-the-rocks (Peru's national bird) and the spectacled bear, the only
bear species in South America. The area is also inhabited by the rare
dwarf deer called sachacabra and the Huemal deer, plus more than 300 bird species.
The area boasts a large variety of flora species, with some 200 species of
registered here to date.
Towering over the area is Mount Salkantay (6,271 meters), the highest
mountain in the Cordillera Vilcanota range, worshipped by the locals as an
apu mountain spirit. Machu Picchu combines a spectacular natural setting
with the attraction of the world's most famous pre-Hispanic sites
The ancient Inca citadel of Machu Picchu is the star attraction of Cuzco.
Discovered in 1911 by US explorer Hiram Bingham, the citadel is deemed one
of the world's finest examples of landscape architecture.
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NATIONAL PARK 4 DAYS/3 NIGHTS
trip is full of adventure, with possibilities to find wild animals and the
most attractive landscapes: The amazing macaw clay lick "collpa"
in the Bahuaja-Sonene National Park and the wonderful Sandoval lake in the
Tambopata - Candamo Reserved Zone. This program includes walks, canoeing,
river trips, birdwatching, wildlife observation, through the heart of the reserved area of Tambopata Candamo and the
Bahuaja Sonene National park.
CUZCO MACHU PICCHU AND PARACAS, 10 days.
Day 2: Amazon river
Day 3: Macaw clay
Day 4: Sandoval
Day 6: Cuzco-city
Day 7: Cuzco-
Day 8: Machu Picchu
Day 9: Paracas
Day 10: Back to Lima
trip to the Amazon is full of adventure, with a genuine
rainforest experience and possibilities to
find wild animals in the most attractive landscapes: The amazing
macaw clay lick "collpa" in the Bahuaja-Sonene National
Park and the wonderful Sandoval lake in the Tambopata - Candamo
Reserved Zone. This program includes short walks through
the heart of the reserved area of Tambopata Candamo and the Bahuaja
Sonene National park.
Cuzco our non-trekking "Soft Adventure" is designed to maximize
excitement within limited vacation time. In Cusco, heart of the Inca
Empire, we explore narrow lovely cobblestone streets, the impressive
Sacsayhuaman fortress, the mysterious carved rock shrine of Kenko
and the delightful Inca Baths at Tambomachay Later on, at the Sacred
Valley of the Incas by the Urubamba river we visit the Native Market
Pisac and the town and ceremonial site of Ollantaytambo, the only
Inca village that has been continuously inhabited until our
Machu Picchu .
Paracas you will visit the Ballestas Islands where hundreds of
sea Lions, seals, penguins, and many
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