Machu Picchu and Cusco

Machu Picchu and Cusco

In 1911 a group of Quechuans led Yale professor Hiram Bingham up a steep mountainside called "Machu Picchu", meaning "Old Peak" and put in front of his eyes the lost city of the Incas. While indigenous peoples knew of the site, Peru’s Spanish conquerors never did—a fact which aided Machu Picchu’s isolation, and preservation, over the centuries. Archaeologists estimate that approximately 1200 people could have lived in the area, though many theorize it was most likely a retreat for Incan rulers.

Machu Picchu and Cusco
Machu Picchu and Cusco

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Machu Picchu and Cusco


Experience Cusco close up before heading to the Sacred Valley and Machu Picchu. Expert guides bring fascinating ancient cultures to life.

Being so close, you can enjoy easy access from early morning to late afternoon, when most of the day visitors have left.



Day 1: Lima

Day 2&3: Cusco

Day 4: Sacred Valley

Day 5: Machu Picchu

Day 6: Machu Picchu - Cusco

Day 7: Cusco - Lima