On this tour, we will visit the ruins of Moray, the salt mines of Maras of the Urubamba Valley, and finally Machu Picchu. The circular agricultural terraces of Moray with its complex irrigation system.
The circular agricultural terraces of Moray, with their complex irrigation system and balconies, have a great activity to explore sites before reaching Machupicchu Sacred Valley of Ollantaytambo. Enjoy the best holidays in Peru and the lost city of the Incas.
This morning we will pick you up from your hotel to begin your fantastic tour. First, we drive to the Moray agricultural terraces sitting high on a plateau. Moray allows you to explore parts of the western side of the Urubamba Valley. On this trip, you can learn about agriculture, textiles, and the history of the Inca Empire. Perfect place to explore unconventionally to discover the Inca culture.
After, drive down a dirt road to Maras and the Salinas. We continue to Ollantaytambo to board our train to Aguas Calientes village.
At 5:30 a.m., We will board the shared tourist transport to Machu Picchu to see the sunrise. We have a two-hour walk exploring the Inca citadel. In the afternoon you will return to Cusco by train.
Private Tour Maras Salt mines: *We do not add other people to your group.
PRICES PER PERSON [USD] 2022
*Student discounts $ 20 off per person.
Machu Picchu was probably built around 1450, during the glory years of the Inca Empire. In this period, the Empire was ruled by the Incas Pachacutec Yupanqui (1438-1471) and Tupac Yupanqui (1472-1493).
This citadel has impressive cultural and natural attractions as well as an ecological environment, very well preserved, which is why the Peruvian state declared it a Protected Natural Area in 1981.
Also, UNESCO declared it as a World Heritage Site. In this sanctuary, it is possible to find up to 350 birds, 200 species of orchids, ten different ecological zones (from glacial peaks to tropical zones), a network of Inca trails, and several archeological sites. And last but not least, the legendary city of Machu Picchu.
Machu Picchu is located 80 km (50 miles) northwest of Cusco (Peru) at an altitude of 2,430 meters, 450 meters from the Urubamba River. It is about 112 kilometers from Cusco by train. This Inca site is surrounded by impressive and steep mountain ranges, separated by narrow valleys and deep ravines. Machu Picchu National Park is essential for its archaeological value and various ecosystems within its boundaries.
No trip to Peru is complete without visiting Machu Picchu (“Old Mountain” in Quechua). Because the Spaniards failed to find Machu Picchu, it was impossible to explore it.
This city remained well preserved and was not destroyed, and was only at the hands of the “Pachamama.” The Inca city is one of the reasons why it is one of the most important Inca ruins. In a worldwide Internet poll in 2007, Machu Picchu was voted one of the New Seven Wonders of the World.
Archaeologists say that the Incas probably abandoned the city of Machu Picchu because the invasion of the Spanish conquistadors caused the death of most of the Incas, while others went into hiding.
The ruins of Machu Picchu open at 6 a.m. and are open until 6 p.m.
It is not allowed to bring large backpacks to the archaeological site. The maximum size allowed is 25 liters. You can leave your luggage in the storage room of your hotel.
To enter the Inca city is not allowed to bring food, only drinks; it does forbid to use of tripods, drones, or selfie sticks.
There is a restroom at the entrance of Machu Picchu, be sure to visit the toilets before entering. There are no restrooms inside the Inca city. The cost is approx. 0.75 USD.
The best-known ways to get to Machu Picchu are:
By Train: The most economical way is to use the transports that you can find in the “Calle Pavitos,” these transports will take you to Ollantaytambo station. From where you can board your train to Machu Picchu. If you hire our travel agency “Kondor Path Tours,” you will not have to worry about anything. Since our transport will accompany you, our assistants will take care of everything. From here, you can get a train to Machu Picchu Pueblo, the closest point to the ruins, and from where you can take a bus that will take you to the ruins. If you choose this option, you will also find beautiful views along the way.
These two routes through the mountains are an enjoyable and popular experience. Only a certain number of people can start this trek per day, so booking in advance is very important.
If you are in good physical condition, you can challenge the slopes of the Machu Picchu mountain (where the Inca site does locate). This short hike will take you on an ascent of 600 meters to the top. It would help if you took care to acclimatize to the altitude, wear special footwear, and hydrate properly.
This incredible hike gives you breathtaking panoramic views of the entire valley, river, and surrounding mountains. This ascent does not represent much difficulty; even children can do it without worry. Don’t rush and arrive at your own pace; remember that you will be more than 3,000 meters above sea level!
In Quechua, Huayna Picchu means Young Mountain, and although it has a little-known name, this is the mountain that appears in all the best-known photos. Its exploration is less popular, but it is the most attractive for the most adventurous visitors of the Machu Picchu Historical Sanctuary.
To make the ascent has a medium difficulty, in the climb, you will find very narrow paths with stunning views. It is a one-way road, so the descent is on the other side, and you can appreciate both sides of the mountain—definitely a unique and impressive tour.
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