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Holidays to Machu Picchu, Peru

Adventure Holidays in Peru with Exodus Travels: Machu Picchu

Possibly the most famous panorama and archaeological site on the planet, Machu Picchu is an intricate labyrinth of stone temples and palaces on brilliant green terraces, cradled between two dramatic peaks and surrounded by the all-consuming beauty of the Andes.

The surrounding mountains reach for the skies above as cloud forests give way to sheer cliff faces, sharply descending into the deep canyon and the rushing river Urubamba far, far below. It is famous for a reason - there’s not a soul on earth who can fail to be impressed with the awesome majesty of this lost Inca city in the clouds.

What makes Machu Picchu so compelling that it draws thousands of tourists here is that it stood forgotten for centuries until Hiram Bingham brought it to the world’s attention in 1911. The Incas kept the secret of its existence closely guarded from the Spanish invaders and no written records exist. To this day, nobody truly knows why it was built.

Theories abound; Machu Picchu is thought to have been constructed perhaps as a site of astronomical significance, an observatory, an important agricultural station, a military fortress, a place of learning, an important ceremonial centre, a royal Inca retreat or perhaps just to celebrate the unspeakable greatness of the natural beauty around it. It is certainly successful at the last.

Inside Machu Picchu
The city takes hours to explore and you need to give yourself enough time to soak up the special atmosphere and unforgettable views. Snap a panoramic picture from the Hut of the Caretaker, breathe in a spectacular view of the snowy Andes from the Sacred Plaza, climb to the mysterious shrine of Intihuatana and admire the carvings in the Temple of the Condor.

The Inca Trail and Sun Gate
While it is possible to reach Machu Picchu by train most adventure travellers strive to reach these dizzy heights by the power of their own two feet on the Inca Trail. Once you’ve scaled Dead Woman’s Pass, pushed yourself to your limits on the ancient Inca pathways, passed through the mystic cloud forest and countless Inca ruins on route, you’ll be rewarded at the Sun Gate – Intipunku - by the panorama of Machu Picchu laid out before you. Truly one of the world’s most thrilling view points and the only way to see Machu Picchu in its full glory.

Endangered Machu Picchu
Can ancient monuments like Machu Picchu sustain the impact of 21st century tourism? It’s a troubling question, especially as scientists have already discovered landslide threatening subsidence on its western side and UNESCO has called for visitor restrictions in recent years.

Currently the international community is keeping a watchful eye the situation and the Inca Trail already operates responsible tourism policies with restriction on numbers, licensed local guides, organised porter welfare and eco-camping regulations.



Machu Picchu Holidays

Peru Explorer

Peru Explorer

22 days Excl. flights From
GBP £2,249.00

An in-depth discovery of southern Peru from the Andes to the Amazon

  • Take an optional walk on the Inca Trail to Machu Picchu
  • Stay in a lodge deep in the Amazon Rainforest
  • Spot condors in the beautiful Colca Canyon
Essential Peru

Essential Peru

15 days Excl. flights From
GBP £1,299.00

Discover southern Peru's archaeological and natural wonders

  • See incredible Inca temples including Machu Picchu
  • Stay with a local family on Lake Titicaca
  • Travel deep into the Andes and the coastal desert
Machu Picchu & Galapagos

Machu Picchu & Galapagos

15 days Excl. flights From
GBP £2,999.00

Discover Peru's 'Lost City of the Incas' and Ecuador's 'Enchanted Isles'

  • Discover the 'Lost City of the Incas'
  • Walk a short section of the Inca Trail
  • Explore the Galapagos Islands by motor yacht
The Inca Trail

The Inca Trail

9 days Excl. flights From
GBP £729.00

Follow in the footsteps of the Peruvian Incas

  • Trek the classic Inca Trail
  • Mystical Machu Picchu at dawn
  • Explore the Inca capital of Cuzco
The Inca Trail in Comfort - Premium

 The Inca Trail in Comfort - Premium

9 days Excl. flights From
GBP £1,059.00

Enjoy a little extra comfort as you follow in the footsteps of the Peruvian Incas

  • Enjoy a little extra luxury on the Inca Trail
  • Follow in the footsteps of the Incas
  • Explore Machu Picchu at dawn
  • Visit Sacred Valley, Pisac and Ollantaytambo
Inca Trail Titicaca & Nazca

Inca Trail Titicaca & Nazca

15 days Excl. flights From
GBP £1,449.00

Discover Peru's deserts and high Andes and follow a classic trekking route

  • Trek the famous Inca Trail
  • Explore the islands of Lake Titicaca
  • Travel through the Andes
Inca Trail & the Amazon Rainforest

Inca Trail & the Amazon Rainforest

15 days Excl. flights From
GBP £1,829.00

Trekking, jungle and indigenous culture - the best of Peru

  • Walk the classic Inca Trail
  • Explore Lake Titicaca
  • Spend 3 nights in the rainforest
The High Inca Trail

The High Inca Trail

14 days Excl. flights From
GBP £1,149.00

Trek through Peru's remote Cordillera Vilcabamba, then join the Inca Trail to Machu Picchu

  • Trek the remote Cordillera Vilcabamba
  • Camp below Salcantay's glaciers
  • Follow the classic Inca Trail

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