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Machu Picchu

Machu Picchu is a 15th-century Inca citadel, located in the Eastern Cordillera of southern Peru, on a 2,430-metre (7,970 ft) mountain ridge. It is the most visited tourist destination in Peru. A symbol of the Inca Empire and built around 1450AD, Machu Picchu was designated a UNESCO World Heritage Site in 1983 and was named one of the New Seven Wonders of the World in 2007.
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Location: Peru
Known for: Inca architecture, unique nature and relative ease
Activity type: trekking, hiking
2 430 m
Duration: 3 - 5 days
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Journey cost: $699 - $1 558
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Discover Machu Picchu

Trekking to one of the 'New Seven Wonders of the World'

When it comes to naming the world's greatest sites, seven seems like an awfully small number. In 2000 a Swiss foundation launched a campaign to determine the New Seven Wonders of the World, modern addition to the ancient Seven Wonders laid out by Philo of Byzantium in 250 B.C., among which only the pyramids of Giza remain. The new list includes the Great Wall of China, Chichén Itzá, the ancient city of Petra, Christ the Redeemer, Colosseum in Rome, Taj Mahal and Machu Picchu. Though the Incan empire was conquered by the Spanish in 1532, the conquistadors did not find the Machu Picchu, which was eventually "discovered" in 1911. The architecture was integrated into the natural terrain, its walls and terraces cut into the rock. Today, it is reached either by hiking up the Incan trail through the Andes or by train. In order to better preserve the structures, the Peruvian government has started to limit the amount of time tourists may spend at the site.


Incredible Nature of Andean Highlands

Walk to Machu Picchu leads you through several environments like typical highlands with towering mountain slopes, lush cloud forests, boiling rivers, ancient ruins and many more. Despite its relative isolation high in the Andes Mountains, it features agricultural terraces, plazas, residential areas, and temples.
Incredible Nature of Andean Highlands

Walk to Machu Picchu leads you through several environments like typical highlands with towering mountain slopes, lush cloud forests, boiling rivers, ancient ruins and many more. Despite its relative isolation high in the Andes Mountains, it features agricultural terraces, plazas, residential areas, and temples.

Unique authentic culture and history

Immerse yourself in unique Peruvian and ancient Inca culture, learn history and various stories of this country and its people. Don't be shy, ask your guides - they will tell you everything and more about Peru and ancient Incas. There are a lot of legends around Machu Picchu. Hiram Bingham, the "discoverer" of the site in 1911, believed it was Vilcabamba, a secret Incan stronghold used during the 16th-century rebellion against Spanish rule. Although that claim was later disproved, the purpose of Machu Picchu has confounded scholars. Bingham believed it was home to the "Virgins of the Sun," women who lived in convents under a vow of chastity. Others think that it was likely a pilgrimage site, while some believe it was a royal retreat.


Perfect for friends

Grab a pair of friends and share this once in a lifetime experience with them! There is no better way to strengthen your bond than by walking side by side along mountain paths.
Perfect for friends

Grab a pair of friends and share this once in a lifetime experience with them! There is no better way to strengthen your bond than by walking side by side along mountain paths.

Challenge yourself with trekking

Although treks to Machu Picchu are perfectly doable for people of all ages and physical fitness, relatively long walking times and altitude sickness may pose a challenge. But when you are all done, you will undoubtedly feel accomplished and reinvigorated.

Challenge yourself with trekking

Although treks to Machu Picchu are perfectly doable for people of all ages and physical fitness, relatively long walking times and altitude sickness may pose a challenge. But when you are all done, you will undoubtedly feel accomplished and reinvigorated.


Try something new

Trekking to Machu Picchu is a perfect opportunity to try something new, be it active outdoor travel, unique nature, rich, foreign culture or meeting people from all over the World.
Try something new

Trekking to Machu Picchu is a perfect opportunity to try something new, be it active outdoor travel, unique nature, rich, foreign culture or meeting people from all over the World.

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