Perhaps the most famous example of Incan ruins and the most-visited tourist attraction in Peru, Machu Picchu might be one of the world’s most iconic destinations.
The Incan Citadel was officially rediscovered in 1911 by American explorer Hiram Bingham. Having escaped the notice of the Spanish conquistadors due to its remote location, Machu Picchu was able to avoid much of the damage incurred by other important Incan archaeological sites. In addition to being on the UNESCO World Heritage List, the well-preserved site has been named one of the New Seven Wonders of the World.
You can reach the Citadel via a number of routes, including the luxurious Hiram Bingham train, the large-windowed Vistadome train, or by a hike up the Inca Trail. Those interested in a longer hike or horseback adventure might prefer the less populated Salkantay trail on a lodge-to-lodge trek. However you reach the site, it rewards you richly, with stunning views from every angle, and a unique glimpse of a lost empire.
Once you arrive at the Citadel, your options are not limited to the staggeringly beautiful ruins of the city. You can also hike up Huayna Picchu, the second hill, to view Machu Picchu from above. Only 400 people per day have the privilege of hiking Huayna Picchu. Let your Ker and Downey guide know in advance if you want to take advantage of this opportunity, so that we can secure your entry. Another popular hike takes you to the Sun Gate, the former entrance to the Citadel.
Ker & Downey’s private guides will make sure that you avoid the crowds, and can tailor your experience to your interests and activity level. Whether you stay at the entrance to the park at Belmond’s Sanctuary Lodge, or opt for the lush surrounds of Inkaterra’s Machu Picchu Pueblo, you’ll be able to fully relax and unwind after your day (or days) of hiking.
Machu Picchu is known as one of South America’s most important archaeological sites, and your Ker & Downey travel expert is waiting to help you design your trip of a lifetime to this magical locale.