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Peru Travel Now experts agree that you should travel to Machu Picchu; a destination that has everything, even for the most demanding explorers!

As the most popular destination in Peru, Machu Picchu has lured travelers from all over the world. Many people engaging in Machu Picchu travel deals have found their perfect match with Peru Travel Now. We have documented every destination in Peru for over 30 years, sharing our finds in more than 300 books, and having published articles in National Geographic magazines. It is due to this thorough research that we have found the exact options to offer you the next time you choose to travel to Machu Picchu. Peru Travel Now ensures a trip that is both exciting and customizable.

The most popular destination of Peru is Machu Picchu, a proud winner of its deserved place among other New Wonders of the World. For our valued travelers, we have customized the most amazing tour packages to provide the best in every aspect when it comes to selecting your next options to travel to Machu Picchu. Machu Picchu means "Old Peak," in the Quechua language of the highlands, and was rediscovered by US senator Hiram Bingham more than 100 years ago. What makes it so famous, is not only its captivating history, but also its extraordinary position nestled between two mountain peaks and surrounded by the Peruvian rainforest.

Peru Travel Now can customize any detail when you travel to Machu Picchu, giving you options that include a visit to the old citadel. All the packages differ in activities, duration, and combined destinations. When choosing your Machu Picchu travel package, get ready to become witness of the magnetism of the ancient citadel of the Incas. From sunrise to dusk, a visit to Machu Picchu will make you feel the magic of a city where no one can get angry. This is one curious fact that many tourists have confirmed. Take a stroll along the stone passageways of the Lost City of the Incas, enjoy the breathtaking views of the surrounding mountains, all covered in a green mantle of foliage that reminds us that the rainforest is just a stone throw away.

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The Incan city of Machu Picchu was discovered for the modern world a century ago by Hiram Bingham, and it is Peru’s greatest archeological treasure and one of the most exhilarating experiences we can recommend.

Located in the midst of grand upper jungles that are filled with birds and colorful flowers, this great Incan legacy is the country’s main tourist destination and a real lesson in Pre-Hispanic and natural history. It is here - in a montane forest - that you can grasp the true grandeur of Peruvian civilization that for more than 10,000 years prospered until reaching extremely high levels of cultural development.

In Machu Picchu, you will be able to understand the Andean world view, that inherent connection among man, mountain, and forest that led him to revere stone and water and also allowed him to build this magnificent sanctuary among the clouds.

It is believed that the city was built around the second half of the 15th century during the reign of Pachacutec and at the peak of the Incan Empire (Tahuantinsuyo, in Quechua). In spite of all the studies, Machu Picchu’s real purpose remains a mystery, yet there is no lack of theories: a ranch for the emperor, an agricultural laboratory, a fortress against the Antis (people from the jungle), an observatory, or a temple for the chosen women (Acllas).

In 1911, Hiram Bingham - guided by the farmer Melchor Arteaga - climbed the mountain to Machu Picchu and later published his find to the world, christening it the Lost City of the Incas. During the next three years, Bingham led the Yale University and National Geographic Society-funded expedition that excavated the area and found different items: bones, pottery, and metal artifacts.

After development efforts culminated in 1981, Machu Picchu was elevated to a Historical Sanctuary, which guaranteed its protection and the conservation of the region’s ecosystems. Two years later, UNESCO declared it a World Cultural Heritage site. Today, it is Peru’s main tourist and cultural destination. Recently (July 2007), Machu Picchu was voted one of the New 7 Wonders of the World by the private initiative New Open World Corporation.


HUAYNA PICCHU
One of the top experiences at Machu Picchu, as long as there is good weather and you are physically fit. Hiking to the summit of this symbolic mountain takes approximately 1.5 hours up steep slopes, but you will be rewarded with an incomparable view of the city and its surroundings. There are also well-preserved stone buildings, beautiful wild flowers, and most importantly, one of the best panoramas you will ever see at the pinnacle of Huayna Picchu.
INCA TRAIL TO MACHU PICCHU
This is undoubtedly one of the most attractive trekking circuits in the world. For four days, trekkers journey through different ecological tiers: from warm Inter-Andean valleys to lush montane forests, cutting through the frozen puna and the paramo. Along this incredible route, we find different archeological sites that were used as way stations on the trail to Machu Picchu. Simply incredible.
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