Tours to Machu Picchu
A UNESCO World Heritage listed site and voted one of the New Seven Wonders of the World, Machu Picchu is on every adventure traveller s list of must-see destinations. A Machu Picchu adventure tour is a chance to experience the splendour of the Andes and a whole series of important remains of the powerful Inca Empire as you hike the amazing Inca Trail from Cuzco to Machu Picchu.
Machu Picchu must see & do
1The Inca citadel of Machu Picchu.
2The fascinating city of Cuzco, former capital of the Inca Empire.
3Stunning Andes landscapes.
4Unique cultures, flora and fauna.
5Many other important archaeological sites along the Inca Trail.
Tours that include Machu Picchu
Visiting Machu Picchu
Most archaeologists believe that Machu Picchu was built for the Inca emperor Pachacuti (1438 1472). The citadel was abandoned by the Inca rulers a century later as the Spanish pursued their conquest of the Inca Empire.
The site was unknown to the outside world until it was brought to international attention in 1911 by American historian Hiram Bingham. The central buildings of Machu Picchu use the classical Inca architectural style of polished dry-stone walls of regular shape. The Incas were masters of this technique, called ashlar, in which blocks of stone are cut to fit together tightly without mortar.
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