What Is a Machu Picchu Tour?
If you are thinking of a fantastic vacation that is rich in history and adventure, you should think of a Machu Picchu tour. This tour will give an opportunity to explore a site that has impressed people for centuries. Once known as the Lost City of the Incas, this ancient site is located at the foot of the majestic Andean mountain. When you decide to go on this tour, there are several things that you should know in advance.
One of the most important things that you should know before going on a Machu Picchu tour is the primary purpose of the trek. The aim of the tour is to reach the sacred valley where the Incas lived. The ‘economic’ tour to Machu Picchu usually lasts about 17 hours long. It includes entry into the sacred valley, transport (either by train and plane) and tour guide assistance. The tourist must enjoy his trip in the natural beauty of the landscape around Machu Picchu. As the day progresses, the scenery gradually becomes more romantic and interesting.
The itinerary of the Machu Picchu tour includes several stops along the way. At each location, you will be given information on the culture and history of the region. Usually, at every three to five hours, you will be given lunch and tea, depending on the location. Usually, there is a first-time visitor to Machu Picchu who will be treated with a hearty breakfast. If you have not eaten lunch yet, you will be provided with an assortment of traditional Peruvian meals; however, the local chefs will provide a special buffet lunch which is very well worth the extra expense.
The second leg of the itinerary involves visiting the towns of Ollantaytambo and Pisac’s town. While in Pisac, you will find the historic Basque town of Ollantaytambo, which became famous after the explorer Father Hidalgo reached the region. The view from Ollantaytambo is truly spectacular. For some reason, this part of Peru seems to hold on its own special energy even though it is miles away from the tourist centers of Cusco. The Ollantaytambo and Pisac tourist attractions are still busy during the high season of May to October.
From Ollantaytambo, the next stop on your Machu Picchu tour will be the town of Pisac. Here you will find a nice scene of tourists as they pass by, but you will also be able to ride a train to Cusco. A lot of people visit Pisac because the views from the train are amazing. You will also be able to catch sight of the ruins from the train tracks. However, the main attraction for Pisac is its old colonial buildings and churches.
After visiting both Ollantaytambo and Pisac, the third and final stop on your tour will be the town of Cusco. This is a good choice for those who want to spend a little time in the Peruvian soil. Cusco is considered as the “birthplace of civilization” because of its old Inca temples. One of the best things about Cusco is that there are a lot of museums where you can view a lot of Peruvian culture. One of these museums is the Museum of Ancient Things, which has an impressive collection of ancient Inca stones and other objects.
When you are done with your Cusco tour, you can head back to Peru on your train. The next day, you will get to see the “Entrance to Machu Picchu” by train. There are a lot of options available to travelers when it comes to train travel. Depending on your budget and convenience, you can take the day or two, or the whole four days, that you need. Your tour guide will help you find the right train for your trip, and you can choose either a luxury train or a classic one.
So, if you want to go to Machu Picchu and experience the captivating mystery, beauty, and history of this incredible Andean peak, then a Machu Picchu tour would be a great fit for you. This tour includes visits to several other sites, including Ollantaytambo, Pisac, Cusco, and others. All in all, this fascinating route makes for a great Peru-Cusco experience. No matter if you are a beginner who is looking to take a trip up the Inca Trail, or an experienced trekker who wants to visit other amazing places on the trail, a Machu Picchu jungle tour would be a great fit for you.