Being built around 1450-1460, in the period of Inca rulers, Machu Picchu (‘Old Mountain’ in Quechua) is an astonishing structure that demonstrates the style of the Inca. However, it became a secret for hundreds of years before Hiram Bingham, an American historian, discovered the wonder accidently in 1911 while looking for Vilcabamba. Appearing to have been created by the Inca to become a secret ceremonial city Machu Picchu is truly breathtaking. Made from large stones that have been carved by hand to seamlessly fit together, giving the masterpiece intricate detailing. The Inca trail is an attraction itself to some people, being approximately 43 kilometres long and taking days to complete. The Incas built nearly 40,000 kilometres of trail to connect the different corners of their vast empire with the classic trail being part of this network.
Luxury Travel to Machu Picchu
There are many ways to get to Machu Picchu, from rail travel to a hike along the Inca Trail. Belmond Hiram Bingham is definitely the more comfortable option! Travelling from Cuzco, and taking around 3-and-a-half hours, time will fly as you discover amazing, ever-changing, scenery and indulge in a three-course meal, perfectly paired with Peruvian wine. Upon arrival at Machu Picchu, revel in an afternoon exploring this monumental site. When evening comes, return to Cuzco and indulge in more amazing cuisine that takes inspiration from South American delicacies. Prior to your meal, why not enjoy a Pisco Sour, the national drink of Peru.
Hike to Machu Picchu
There are various trail options for getting to Machu Picchu. The Classic Trail is very popular, normally taking trekkers four to five days to complete a total distance of 43 kilometres. The trail requires a decent level of fitness and reaching an altitude of 4,200 metres, altitude sickness is not uncommon, so it is important to acclimatise prior to embarking on this adventure. Another option is the Short Inca Trail, taking two to three days and covering a total of 13 kilometres and reaching an altitude of 2,700 metres. Both trails encompass many archaeological sites. For ultimate adventurers, the Inca Trail Combo takes around seven days, covering 65 kilometres. On this trail, you’ll reach an altitude of 4,900 metres, often making altitude sickness a real problem. An excellent level of fitness is required.
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