Rediscovered in 1911 and chosen 'new world wonder' in 2007, Machu Picchu is without any doubt the most famous and most stunning archaeological site of the Americas. Rising up high above the wild Urubamba River, the peak of Wayna Picchu often surrounded by mystical clouds, this 'citadel' amazes every visitor. Much is said and written about Machu Picchu, but its construction date and purpose are still riddles.
The Inca Trail, probably – and with reason – worlds' most famous trail, leads over high mountains and trough upper rainforest to Machu Picchu. This trail formed part of an extensive network of trails named Qhapaq Ñan, about 23.000 kilometers throughout Tahuantinsuyo, the Inca-empire covering most of Peru, Ecuador, Colombia and Bolivia; and parts of Brazil, Chile and Argentina. Chasquis, special runners using these trails, could deliver messages from Quito to Cusco (a distance of 1980 kilometers) in 5 days!
There are several alternatives for those who prefer less tourist routes: for example the evenly beautiful Salkantay Trek. You can also reach Machu Picchu by train. We recommend you our own-developed 'Machu Picchu Plus'-tour, in which you - before visiting the ruins - will learn more about the country and the Incas, will visit a hot spring, sleep in an traditional hacienda, and enjoy a fabulous one day hike.