MACHU PICCHU

Machu Picchu is still a mystery as to its original use… Was it the holiest of religious ceremonial sites, the ultimate military fortress, or a luxurious getaway? Without the benefit of modern mathematics, or even wheels, the Incas managed to seamlessly fit stone together to create a vast network of terraces and buildings. Whether you choose to trek there or take the train, come and create your own explanation for this mysterious and awe-inspiring site!

Lodge-to-Lodge Trekking

The most immersive Machu Picchu experience!

Untamed Path offers the best way to experience the magic of Machu Picchu. Choose a 5 day or 7 day trek through the Andes, building excitement and anticipation for the final day’s vista of the Lost City.

Luxurious Mountain Lodges

Along the way you will stay at luxurious mountain lodges. This provides a great combination of a hard days’ hiking and a long evening relaxing. Your hikes will take you through tucked away indigenous villages, almost forgotten Incan ruins, and roaming herds of Alpacas. Your evenings will be spent sipping wine in the jacuzzi, sampling traditional Peruvian cuisine, and forging unforgettable memories.

The Crown Jewel

After all the altitude gained and sweat lost, arriving at Machu Picchu is all the more wonderful. During your trek you will gain an appreciation for the tenacity and vision of the Inca in choosing this site for their crowning jewel. The perfectly fitted stones and flat terraces go from just a nice sight to a mind-boggling achievement.

Camping Trekking

Just Like the Incans

For the ultimate adventurer/outdoorsman, tackle the trek up the Sacred Valley of the Incas as closely as possible to the ancient Incans. Enjoy the fresh mountain air and the stunning star shows sleeping outside.

Vistadome Train

360° Views

If high altitude trekking isn’t your thing, or you don’t want to spend a whole week visiting Machu Picchu, the train is a great option to cut out time and lots of sweat! Roughly a four-hour ride from Cusco to Machu Picchu, the vista-dome train has windows not just on the sides, but on the roof as well so you don’t miss any of the stunning views. It can be done as a day trip but we recommend a three-day, two-night immersion to get the most out of your trip to this historic monument.

When to Visit

The peak tourist months are July and August, which correspond with the dry season as well as school vacations. January and February are the rainiest months and often cause trail closures due to muddy and dangerous conditions. November and April can also be great times to come. You will avoid the crowds and still stay one step ahead of the weather!

Air Temps (High/Low) Sun (Avg Hrs / Day) Rain
Wet season (Dec-Apr) 65/43°F
19/9°C
5 5 in.
Dry season (May-Nov) 65/32°F
19/0°C
7.5 >1 in.

 

History

Even to this day, Machu Picchu is the source of much speculation and study. We do not understand the exact purpose of this immense archaeological site, nor how the Incans managed to create such an architectural feat so high in the mountains with seemingly little technology.

The site was constructed under Pachacuti Inca Yupanqui (commonly just called Pachacuti) around 1450. Despite the mystery surrounding its purpose, there is no doubt that it was a powerful reminder to conquered foes of the power and reach of the new Inca empire. Pachacuti was the first ruler of the Incas to expand territory outside of Cusco. He conquered all the territory in the Cusco valley before turning his attention southwards to Lake Titicaca. When he finally died in 1471, he was mourned for a whole year (as per his explicit wishes). His son took up the throne and continued the Incan expansion.

Machu Picchu was finally abandoned with the collapse of the Inca Empire in the 1530’s. Spanish conquistadors quickly established control over Inca territory, but never discovered the citadel of Machu Picchu. The local people of course could hardly forget such a wonderful monument, but kept the secret to themselves.

Machu Picchu was brought back into the eyes of the world by Hiram Bingham, an American explorer and archaeologist. After having received help from Melchor Arteaga, a local muleteer, he arrived at the ancient site on July 24th, 1911 and made its existence known to the rest of the world. Today, almost 1.2 million people visit Machu Picchu annually.

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