Machu Picchu, Cusco & the Sacred Valley

the ancient capital of the Incas

Cusco, the ancient capital of the Incas, will introduce you to a myriad of architectural treasures but none quite as impressive as the legendary Machu Picchu. A testament to the might of the Inca Empire, you cannot fail to be awed by the majesty and beauty of these 15th century ruins.

Walk amongst the incredible preserved ruins of Machu Picchu and discover the Lost City of the Incas. One of the New Seven Wonders of the World, the remnants of this iconic citadel lay hidden until discovered by explorer Hiram Bingham in 1911. Explore the temples, staircases, palaces, fountains and tiered terraces of this mountain-top monument and discover for yourself one of the world’s most remarkable archaeological sites.

Gateway to Machu Picchu, the city of Cusco impresses with architectural wonders of its own and is a designated World Heritage Site. Modern-day Cusco is built on Inca foundations, and its surrounding hills are dotted with relics left over from the ancient Empire. Be sure to visit the 15th century Temple of the Sun and the massive walls of the nearby Sacsayhuaman Fortress. You can also soak up the colonial splendour of the old town and browse outdoor handicraft markets.

From Cusco, you can go on to explore the Sacred Valley with its spectacular landscapes and impressive Inca ruins of Pisac, Maras and Moray. Make time for the fascinating archaeological site of Ollantaytambo, where you can wander around the imposing fortress and cobblestone streets that have hardly changed since their Inca beginnings.

The surrounding countryside is incredibly picturesque – imagine lush valleys, quaint villages and meandering rivers – and full of opportunities for horse-riding, hiking, white-water rafting and more.

If you’ve been inspired to take a journey back through time in Peru, get in touch with our specialists to start planning your luxury, tailor-made trip.

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