Trips to Peru

Set out on a comfortable journey across Peru’s wonderful countryside and enjoy the enjoy the serenity as well as the most beautiful views of the Andes.  There are many different types of Trips to Peru & vacation packages that cater to a wide variety of interests. Indeed, this is a necessity as Peru is a very diverse country and host to many ancient cultures and archaeological ruins. Peru is the only country that has the coast, desert, highlands, mountain ranges and jungles. It also has both the cordillera blanca and the cordillera negra (White and Black mountain ranges).
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MACHU PICCHU TOURS

MACHU PICCHU TOURS

When one thinks of Peru, Machu Picchu is the first place that comes to mind. The five miles of civilization and mystery has fascinated travelers worldwide. If you’re considering a holiday you won’t forget, then here are three amazing journeys you can take while exploring with Machu Picchu Tours.

The culture of the Incas has held extraordinary interest to historians and travelers alike. Machu Picchu was built in the 1400s, although their history goes centuries further.

The Spanish conquest drove the natives out, but the architecture and the spirit of the Urumbamba Valley still remains. Machu Picchu is readily available that present the most captivating details of the Incas as well as the construction of this magnificent Incan Ruin.

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allows you to explore the beauty of this amazing mountain up in Andes and truly appreciate Peru and the wonders of South America. There are numerous trails that are accessible to any level of trekker, hiker or bike rider.

The most renowned is the Machu Picchu Trail that begins in Cusco City, offers four days worth of breathtaking trekking through the Peruvian mountains of the Andes and ends in Machupicchu Citadel.

Machu Picchu Tours offers for those more enchanted by the beauty and less by strenuous hiking, there is a train available where you can just sit back and leisurely take in all the picturesque views.

Machu Picchu Tours allow you to explore the most popular reason why people visit the Inca Fortress, you’ll discover that Machu Picchu is for the spiritual power it has been known to possess. Many take the spiritual path on their own, preferring to enjoy the solitude and peaceful energy that surrounds the area. Others prefer the camaraderie and shared kinship of journeying these vortexes of energy.

Machu Picchu Tours will link you with Inca Shamans that will provide the connection between this life and the spiritual realm, offer visitors an opportunity to discover their own paths. It’s not uncommon for journey walkers to come back changed with a renewed appreciation for the beauty and life of Machu Picchu.

See it with Machu Picchu Tours while it is still around

On the World Monuments Fund 2008 list of the 100 Most Endangered Sites, Machu Picchu showed up. With the number of annual visitors in the order of hundreds of thousands, the site is degrading under the physical effects of so many tourists.

Machu Picchu Tours research team have gathered geological surveys on the site have revealed that certain areas are in danger of collapsing – if you want to visit one of the most iconic sites on the planet, you may not have much time left.

“I was speechless, you have to see it to understand’

These are only a few of the many journeys one can take. There are excellent places to bring the children, teens will enjoy the hiking and bike trails and couples, friends and family of all ages can either create new connections or strengthen their existing connections to each other.

Machu Picchu Tours bestows something unique and exceptional to everyone.

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Quick Guide to Cusco City

Cusco City

The mythical and ancient Cusco City is often the pinnacle of people’s Peru vacations. Teeming with history, a window to a former world and an artifact of long-gone civilizations, Cusco City could consume weeks of a Peru travel experience. But for visitors without time to spare, it is possible to squeeze the city’s highlights into two short days.

The best Cusco City hotels are concentrated in the Cusco City’s central districts so if arriving by air, take a taxi (10 soles) from the airport. Begin your stay with a visit to the Cusco City’s Plaza de Armas, the central legacy of the city’s colonial history.

Arriving in Cusco City in 1533, the Spanish were determined to stamp their mark on the rebellious Incas by constructing impressive monuments to European civilization on important spiritual sites. The Plaza de Armas with its dominating cathedral and plethora of other religious buildings is a prime example.

You can visit the cathedral (entrance $10) which was constructed directly atop the remains of a grand Inca palace. Inside the cathedral you will be treated to a fine display of art from the Cusco City school, another remnant of the Spanish conquest which blended indigenous and European traditions, intended to assimilate European cultural dominance over indigenous civilizations.

Most of the other attractions within

Cusco City

can only be accessed by purchasing a tourist ticket, the boleto touristico ($46) which seems expensive, but guarantees access to all of the major sites and which is valid for ten days. To get the most value from your ticket, take a Sacred Valley tour after your stay in Cusco City and visit as many additional sites as possible.

Purchase your ticket from the main tourist office just one block east of the Plaza de Armas. Your ticket will be accompanied by a handy map to Cusco City, with a walking tour of the main sites around the old town. Look carefully and you’ll notice that the original Cusco City layout was designed in the shape of a puma by the celebrated Inca ruler, Pachacutec.

Your walking tour begins nearby at the museum of Qorikancha, located in the basement of a former temple with a wide selection of exhibits documenting Inca life. Look out for the eerie remains of ancient mummies that were retrieved from the cemetery.

Just a short walk along from the museum is the Qosqo Center of Native Art, with a vast collection of indigenous costumes and musical instruments. If you’re lucky you’ll catch a short performance (7pm daily) of local music and dance. Check for performance times at the front desk.

From here, follow the busy Avenida El Sol (Sun Avenue) which was named in honor of the Inca’s worship of the sun god, Inti. You’ll eventually reach a busy junction dominated by a colossal statue of the Inca leader Pachakuteq. You can climb this tower although the views of the busy streets below are not stunning – the real attraction is inside, with an illustrated history of the Inca leaders and a brief history of their vast empire.

Head back to town in the same direction and stop in at the enormous handicraft market for some great bargains on souvenirs. This is probably the cheapest place to get your hands on those famous Peruvian holiday gifts; panpipes, woolly hats, ponchos and bags made from colorful textiles and llama wool.

The market is also home to a couple of great value restaurants where you can replenish your energy with a large plate of the local specialties which include guinea pig and alpaca steaks.

Walk back to the colonial center choosing your own route through Cusco City’s trademark winding, cobbled streets and take in the atmosphere of this ancient city.

If you have the energy, spend the afternoon making a short walk up to the San Blas neighborhood, perched on the hillsides above the Plaza de Armas. It is in San Blas that you’ll get a feel for Cusco City’s famous vibe, where bars and cafes, restaurants and bakeries, and tiny art galleries and handicraft stalls all compete for your attention.

This is also a place to catch some great views over Cusco City, especially towards dusk and sunset. Spend the evening in one of the many cafes and bars in San Blas, the best of which are dotted across the top of the quaint Plaza San Blas.

Rise early and enjoy breakfast in your Cusco City hotel before setting off for the city’s biggest and most important archaeological site, Saqsaywaman. This Inca fortress which lies across a mountain top above Cusco City has a long, and sometimes bloody, history.

What remains is just a fraction of the original site but the unbelievably huge stone blocks that were perfectly carved to create the vast structure gives a clear impression of the ingenuity and might of the Inca empire.

Despite this, it was here that the Inca’s last stand against the Spanish failed after a long and dramatic siege came to an end, marking the conquistador’s final domination over this great civilization.

Only the very fit will attempt the steep walk up to the site, everyone else will want to hail a taxi (around 10 soles from the Plaza de Armas).

On-site information is very limited so you may want to hire a guide for around 30-40 soles. Prices are negotiable and tours in Spanish will be a bit cheaper. Alternatively, most international Peru tours operators will include a professionally guided tour of this important site in their itinerary.

You can easily spend a full morning at Saqsaywaman before taking a return taxi to central

Cusco City

for lunch in one of the cafes and restaurants on the Plaza de Armas.

Museum fans can fill up on more local history and culture at the excellent Museum of Contemporary Art and the Museum of Regional History, both to the south of the Plaza. Otherwise spend a leisurely afternoon exploring the city’s back streets where glimpses of a former age are to be found everywhere – not least in the traditionally dressed women and girls posing for photos with their pet llamas (you’ll be expected to pay 1 sole for the privilege though!)

Enjoy a final evening in Cusco City’s historical center, where all the most important and impressive buildings are well illuminated for extra effect. Treat yourself with dinner at Sumaq Misky on the main Plaza which serves up some of the finest food in town before heading out to enjoy the vibrant nightlife, or catching an early night’s sleep before leaving for your next Peru vacation destination.

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