Programs in Cusco
MACHUPICCHU / 1 DAY
citadel of Machu Picchu is by far the most
important tourist attraction in Cusco, and is
located three hours by train from the city,
although it can be reached by helicopter (30
min.) or on foot (four days, via the Inca Trail).
Discovered in 1911 by the American explorer
Hiram Bingham, this citadel is considered to be
one of the most extraordinary examples of
landscape architecture in the world. Situated in
an enclave on the saddle of a mountain
overlooking the deep canyon of the Urubamba
river, in an area of lush tropical forest, it
served as a place of worship, a site for star-gazing
and a private hacienda of the family of the Inca
Pachacútec. It consists of two main areas: one
agricultural, formed mainly by mountains and
food stores; and the other urban, which is noted
for its sacred zone, with its temples, squares
and royal tombs built with consummate skill. The
stairways and canals carved out of stone are
recurrent throughout this remarkable
archaeological site. Opposite the citadel is the
Huayna Picchu mountain, which can be reached via
a winding stone walkway. Necessary precautions
must be taken during the rainy season (December
Guide: Spanish,English, Portuguess.
Train ticket round trip.
Entrance ticket to the Machupicchu.
Transport ticket ( Aguas Calientes).