Machu Picchu the ancient Inca city, rediscovered as the early 20th century, but for some reason, was completely abandoned some 100 years later. Not only Machu Picchu but lots of archaeological sites spread through Peru shows the perfection that this culture had in mind, and the vision they worked hard for.

Unfortunately, most of the cities built by the Incas were destroyed by Spanish conquistadors, but Machu Picchu was in a hidden place, invisible for them, that is why this place survived. This monumental place survived, and it’s the most well-preserved Inca cities an archaeological jewel.

Koricancha: The most important temple of the Tahuantinsuyo that means in Quechua “Temple of the Sun”, a beautiful sacred temple which was built under the order of Pachacutec after his victory over The Chancas on 1438. It’s important to know that this temple includes some rooms destined to worship another gods like Wiracocha, Illapa o Mama Quilla. Also, when the Spanish conquistadors arrived they took everything.

Sacsayhuaman: The name of this place it’s a compound Quechua word, Saqsay: sated and Waman: falcon. Sacsayhuamán is an Inca fort, famous by huge block stones collocated with high precision it’s almost impossible to introduce a needle between that stones. It’s hard to explain how the Incas could cut the stones with such mastery not even a knife blade between two stones. The principal custom which celebrates in Sacsayhuaman is the “INTI Raymi” takes place on 24 June at the winter solstice which portrays the Inca ritual of worship the sun god or INTI. To this festival come people from around the world who reserve places with anticipation.

The Sacred Valley of the Incas or Urubamba Valley: Is a valley in the Andes of Peru, close to the Inca capital of Cusco and below the ancient sacred city of Machu Picchu. Is a fertile area, occupied by the Incas long time ago. Ruins are visible in the entire valley, with two important places like Pisac and Ollantaytambo. The Sacred Valley is a home for many tiny villages.

Short Inca Trail: this trek is also known as a “the two day Inca trail”, and is one of the most famous trekking routes in the world and even if you hake short time. It’s a program of 2 days (full visist) MANDOR – AGUAS CALIENTES/ AGUAS CALIENTES – MACHU PICCHU.

Aguas Calientes:(Spanish for “hot water” or “hot springs”) is a town on the Urubamba river and is close to the historical site of Machu Picchu, which is 6 km away or about 1.5 hours walk. This site has many natural hot baths, which gives the name to the city. The baths were destroyed by floods several years ago, but it has been rebuilt.

Salcantay: Is a snowy mountain located in the “Cordillera de Vilcabamba”, the name is a compound noun and means Salqa = huraño o salvaje y Antay = producir celajes o alludes. The proximity of Salcantay to Machu Picchu makes trekking around it and is an attractive alternative to visit.

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CUSCO UNKNOWN 6 DAYS 6 Days and 5 Nights  Cusco , Koricancha, Lares, Huacahuasi, Patacancha, Ollantaytambo, Aguas Calientes,  Machu Picchu
CUSCO NATURE 7 DAYS 7 Days and 6 Nights Cusco, Koricancha, Sacsayhuaman Fortress, horse riding adventure, short Inca Trail to Machu Picchu
CUSCO ARCHEOLOGICAL 7 DAYS 7 Days and 7 Nights Cusco City, Sacred Valley, Machu Picchu, Tipon, Pikillaqta, Andahuaylillas, Maras y Moray.
CUSCO ADVENTURE BUDGET 8 DAYS 8 Days and 7 Nights Cusco, Inca Trail hike up to Machu Picchu, Sacred Valley, Rafting
SALKANTAY ADVENTURE BUDGET 8 DAYS 8 Days and 7 Nights Cusco, Rafting, Salkantay, Soraypampa, Chaullay, Aguas Calientes, machu Picchu.

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