Machu Picchu Tours Introduction
"In the variety of its charms and the power of its spell, I know of no place in the world which can compare with it. Not only has it great snow peaks looming above the clouds more than two miles overhead, gigantic precipices of many-colored granite rising sheer for thousands of feet above the foaming, glistening, roaring rapids; it has also, in striking contrast, orchids and tree ferns, the delectable beauty of luxurious vegetation, and the mysterious witchery of the jungle."
- Hiram Bingham, "gringo" discoverer of Machu Picchu in Lost City of the Incas.
This is an area of mystery and incredible sights. Cuzco, the ancient capital of the Inca empire is now a modern small city that has retained much of its colonial charm. Our tour of the city will include visits to the Cathedral of Cuzco, the Inca Temple of the Sun, the nearby ruins at the Sacsayhuaman Fortress and the Inca Bath at Tambomachay. Cuzco is an excellent place to purchase wonderful arts and crafts. Plan on picking up some of the local Alpaca wool sweaters.
From Cuzco, the trip down to Machu Picchu will be by small tour bus and train. You will have a full day at the ruins, with a Private Guided tour and if you wish, overnight lodging at a local hotel near the ruins.
GREENTRACKS offers several options for experiencing Cuzco and Machu Picchu: tour the area for either three, four or six days lodging in picturesque hotels, hike the Inca trail for two to five days. You can even tack one of these trips onto one of our Amazon tours for an incredible expereince of the diverse nature and cultures of Peru.
"Even after witnessing the knee-buckling natural settings of Choquequirao and Vitcos, it was impossible not to see almost immediately that Machu Picchu beat them both. The distant peaks ringing the ruins like a necklace were higher; the nearby slopes were greener. And of course the city, laid out before the visitor like a LEGO metropolis atop a billiard table, is impossible to turn away from. For the first time since dropping out of graduate school, I remembered an unpleasant weekend spent struggling to comprehend the philosopher Immanuel Kant's explanation of the difference between calling something beautiful and calling it sublime. Nowadays, we throw around the word 'sublime' to describe gooey desserts or overpriced handbags. In Kant's epistemology, it meant something limitless, an aesthetically pleasing entity so huge that it made the perceiver's head hurt. Machu Picchu isn't just beautiful, it's sublime."
from Turn Right at Machu Picchu, by Mark Adams