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The great Machu Picchu, crowded or not crowded, misty rains or clear skies, never ceases to enthrall, and the Inca Trail is still the great hiking pilgrimage with SAS. Stay in Aguas Calientes for the best access. "Our first glimse of Machu Picchu was just spectacular!! At each and every turn, the view was breath-taking. I kept imagining the almost impossible feat of building this "Incan city" all those centuries ago, using only ingenuity and man power. It is impossible to describe; one must go to see it for oneself ! " ...How did the Inca construct stone walls so precisely using 15th century technology? How could they position a temple so it would be illuminated best at the exact moment of the solstice?
Machu Picchu... is probably the most awe- inspiring sight in South America, an absolute must on any trip to the southern continent. A mountain- top sanctuary used by the Inca rulers in times of distress, it was so well hidden that its existence was hardly dreamed of until its discovery in 1911 by Hiram Bingham. There are magnificent ruins with temples, houses, fountains, water channels, and a cementery. A strangely cut stone altar, where the priests "tied the sun" at the times of the equinoxes, overlooks the fantastically beautiful Sacred Valley. Lost city of the Incas hidden high in the Andean mountains. We offer a multiples Daily Departures ways to see and enjoy this modern marvel with experienced tour guides in small personalized tours. (3,2 and 1 Day guided tours from Cusco or Ollanta train station).
SALKANTAY & MACHUPICCHU 4 DAY / 3 NIGHT Trek -Group Service:
This trek takes you around Mount Salkantay, the second largest mountain in the Cusco region (6271m/20,568ft), On the first night, you'll camp within clear sight of the snow capped peak of Salkantay mountain. The second day will be the longest day of the tour, and while you work a bit harder to get there, the views at the top are even more rewarding. The walk to reach the famous Apacheta Pass at 4,600m/15,088ft) (the Inca Trail's 'Dead Woman’s Pass' is only 4,200m/13,776ft)) is not strenuous neither very steep, afterward it is mainly descent into a more tropical area passing Andenes and Chaullay on the far side of the mountain.
We`ll take the forty five minute train ride from the famous Hydro Electric Dam and then spend the rest of the 3th evening relaxing in the town and hotsprings of Aguas Calientes. Early in the morning you take the bus (or walk if desired) up to Machu Picchu for your guided tour, a well deserved reward but many say the trek is a prize in itself!
The most popular as it allows you to have plenty of time in Machupicchu and most importantly early in the morning to first encounter Machu Picchu as the sun rises over the high mountains encircling it....notice that visitors who take the 1 Day tour unfortunately will spend more hours inside the train travelling... than spending time visiting Machu Picchu...we highly recommend this 2 Day "SUNRISE" tour so you can discover this amazing sanctuary. Your train will arrive by 11:30 am then you can hike to Mandor waterfalls (3 hrs in and back) wlhile you prepare yourself for next day, time for the hot springs and Dinner. 2nd Day Early walk or bus up to Machu Picchu for your guided tour and plenty of time to explore in your own. Book ONLINE, generate a reservation code and pay a deposit on Step 3.
This tour is a combination of the famous Sacred Valley Tour and the Classic Train tour to Machu Picchu plus Huayna Picchu, but with extra night in Aguas Calientes, gives you a full day in Machu Picchu to enjoy it from early morning to closing if you so wish! Full day at Machu Picchu as this magic place is deserved, extra time to walk to Sun´s gate, Inca bridge and all sectors., the morning train on the 3rd day allows you to enjoy all the travel moments in daylight which are spectacular so not to be missed! (end of this tour in Ollantaytambo). Book ONLINE, generate a reservation code and pay a deposit on Step 3.
The train ride consists of spectacular views in this wonderful land of the Incas, amazing landscapes of mountains and valleys, Inca farming terraces on both sides of the valley, snow capped mountains and sub-tropical jungle near the Ceja de Selva. From Pachar the sacred Vilcanota river will be our companion until arrival at Aguas Calientes town (2,040m) a SAS Travel rep will meet you at the train station and accompany you to Inkaterra Resort Hotel. Enjoy the extraordinary orchids gardens exquisit birds spots, plantation of Tea and the family of bear.
4 hours Vistadome deluxe train ride approx into this spectacular land of the Incas, amazing views of valleys, Inca farming terraces, snow capped mountains, and sub-tropical jungle near the low Jungle. Aguas Calientes is set in 2,000 mts, then a shuttle bus will transport you to the top 2,400 mts back into the fantastic history to this magic place, sacred and mysterious town without name known as Machu-Picchu. “ The Old Sacred Mountain ” And your expert tour guide will recount you amazing commentaries. Daily Departures from your Hotel in Cusco or the Sacred Valley. Book ONLINE, generate a reservation code and pay a deposit on Step 3.
4 hours Tourist Expedition train ride approx into this spectacular land of the Incas, amazing views of valleys, Inca farming terraces, snow capped mountains, and sub-tropical jungle near the low Jungle. Aguas Calientes is set in 2,000 mts, then a shuttle bus will transport you to the top 2,400 mts back into the fantastic history to this magic place, sacred and mysterious town without name known as Machu-Picchu. “ The Old Sacred Mountain ” And your expert tour guide will guide you and help you to understand better this magical 7th wonder place. Book ONLINE, generate a reservation code and pay a deposit on Step 3.
The Belmond Hiram Bingham is an exclusive and luxury train. All service included where you will enjoy a full day of unforgettable experiences. The service includes:
Hiram Bingham special train Poroy to Aguas Calientes and return to Poroy -Cusco. - Brunch and dinner on board. - Exclusive Bus return to the citadel of Machu Picchu. - Entrance to Machu Picchu. - Guided tour in the citadel. - Afternoon tea at the Machu Picchu
Sanctuary Lodge. Book ONLINE, generate a reservation code and pay a deposit on Step3.