In recent years, Machu Picchu tours have gained popularity for their adventurous and awe-inspiring treks to the ancient city ruins of the Inca times. This mystical town has become synonym with hiking tours, so others are curious to know where is Machu Picchu located? This ancient town is located in Peru, in the Cusco region of Urubamba Province. Located at a height of 2,430 metres above sea level on a mountainside, Machu Picchu was hidden from the world for a long time and was discovered by Hiram Bingham, a Yale archaeologist in the year 1911.
A typical trek for Machu Picchu, Peru is the ‘Inca Trail’, which is a 4 day hiking trail (43 km trek) arranged impeccably by tour operators. The final destination of this Inca Trail is the main site at Machu Picchu. Hiking the Inca trial is super easy, even for beginners who are keen to trek in the Andes.
The Inca trail takes the travellers to distant scenic towns of Chinchero, Urubamba and Ollantaytambo and the trail starts at the place called Kilometre 82, from where the hikers follow along the Vilcanota River and up the hills. There are lot of sights to look out for including the ruins of hillfort of Huillca Raccay and incredible views of Cordillera Urubamba (Urubamba mountain range) with snow-capped peak of Veronica at 5860m. Everywhere you look at, there are natural forests making your hiking trail truly captivating and beautiful experience, to be remembered for long. Travellers can also look out for the mysterious Inca ruins of the towns of Llactapata along the way. The town of Wayllabamba (grassy Palin in Quechua language) is usually the first night halt and also the last place to buy snacks and drinks.
Machu Picchu tours are planned in such a way that each traveller can restfully cover the whole area, find truly where is Machu Picchu, and capture the magnificent sights on the way. Once at Machu Picchu, there are various sites to watch for but the ‘Intihuatana Stone’, known to be a cosmic calendar or clock is an archaeological treasure. Alongside the Intihuatana stone are the gate of sun, temple of sun and temple of three windows which again are interesting pieces of architecture, as each one of these was constructed using heavy rocks weighing over 3 tonnes, typical of the Inca architecture. Nearby areas like the ruined town of Wiñawayna, another inca site near Machu Picchu and the temple of moon located half way down to Machu Picchu are worth visiting. The temple of Moon is a set of mystical caves that are believed to be a place to hold mummies of the dead from the Inca sect and a place of worship too.
Each day while hiking the Inca trail, brings something exciting and more adventures for the travel enthusiasts. Luckily, to limit the damage to the trail and immense increase in tourism flow, the Peruvian government now has limited access for only 500 travellers including porters per day. This way the site is not too crowded and travellers get adequate time to explore the ruined city on their own pace.
Mere words cannot truly express the delightfully majestic views of this ancient city of the Inca times. A once in a lifetime walking adventure, that’s whatMachu Picchu tours and Inca trail would offer you.