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Machu Picchu

Delicatley draped across a mountain, this Incan city is a must see

Machu Picchu is one of those destinations we all dream of visiting. Whether you first saw it in a National Geographic photographic spread, read Hiram Bingham’s account of the city’s discovery, or were inspired after watching Charlton Heston in Secret of the Incas, these iconic ruins are once seen, never forgotten.

If you choose to hike the multi-day Inca Trail along Peru’s Sacred Valley, you’ll have plenty of time for anticipation to build. The climax is to stand at the ‘Sun Gate’ and gaze in awe at Machu Picchu in its spectacular setting as the Incas did 500 years before.
 
The Incas had a strong understanding of astronomy, as you’ll discover it you visit Machu Picchu at sunrise and sunset, or, alternatively, during a full moon. The Temple of the Sun was a solar observatory and place of animal sacrifice; the ritual Intihuatana stone is thought to have been an early kind of astronomical clock or calendar. Your private guide’s passion and understanding of Inca history will become apparent as you wander spellbound around this enchanting city in its spectacular mountaintop setting.
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Accommodation:
Belmond Sanctuary Lodge
Right at the foot of the Inca city of Machu Picchu, the Belmond Sanctuary Lodge’s location of could not be more perfect. The views are breathtaking, but it is the sense of history in this place which will really blow you away.
Accommodation:
Inkaterra Machu Picchu Pueblo Hotel
Set in 12 acres of forest, Inkaterra Machu Picchu Pueblo Hotel is an intimate Andean village set amongst terraced hills, waterfalls, and beautiful plants. The buildings are authentic looking whitewashed adobe casitas, and they’re perfectly situated for visits to nearby Machu Picchu.