Perched high in the Peruvian Andes in mist-shrouded forests, this citadel was probably the most amazing urban creation of the Inca Empire at its height. Its giant walls, terraces and ramps seem as if they have been cut naturally in the continuous rock escarpments. Though static, its scenery changes every hour. But this is not a place to merely go and “see” ruins. You will “observe” the ruins; even imagine how Incas would have walked through the same gates you will be walking through. It is a place filled with spirituality. We especially love the moment when it is surrounded by fog, making it look like a castle floating in the sky. It is a moving scene; one that almost feels like an Andean fairy tale.
It would not be a surprise if ‘tour to Machu Picchu’ was on the bucket-list of many travelers. Definitely, it is one of South America’s highlights. Yet in all honesty, the word ‘tour’ here is not a suitable word for this “deeply spiritual lost city”. Shall we rather say, pilgrimage? Do not get us wrong; we are not suggesting that it is a site for some sort of religious or emotional-healing notion (though of course, it still applies). Nevertheless, when we say “pilgrimage”, we refer to your will being manifested; your being set free to unwind. It is a destination that gives you the perfect setting to release the adventurous spirit within you – the inevitable natural instinct of exploring. It is a truly rewarding trip, and definitely an authentic one.
Enthusiasts will take on excursions exploring through ancient ruins and dense forests. Nature lovers will search for endemic birds (birdwatching in Machu Picchu is a MUST for birders) and beautiful orchids (bring a magnifying glass). Those active will definitely find rewarding to trek the trail that the Incas themselves have paved. Extroverts will meet descendants of the Incas themselves and learn the wisdom that has passed through generations. Couples – or a honeymoon trip to Machu Picchu – will experience a unique setting for their memories together. Hike up the Wayna Picchu together and be blessed in a ceremony by the ancient gods and Pachamama. Kids will love the moment when a llama photo-bombs the picture they were taking; he or she may even learn how to knit a fluffy sweater made with its wool. As for the laid-back who’s looking for a luxury tour in Peru to relax, make some of your own coca tea and enjoy it while being soothed in an Andean Sauna. Foodies? Peru is already an avant-garde gastronomic destination; you will find pleasantly surprising how each region (Peruvian Andes in this case) has its own adaptations and fusions. We especially loved the llama steak on a quinoa risotto with lucuma sauce – very subtle; they also paired very nicely with the pisco infused with cape gooseberry (also knowns as goldenberry or groundcherry). And these are just some things to do in Machu Picchu; it may be the highlight of your journey but we would like to “spice-it-up” by going beyond.
Feeling like going on an adventure already? Let’s plan together your tailor made journey. We invite you to an authentic tour to Machu Picchu and discover your own inspiration. So let’s slowdown a bit, breath, sense, go “on”, and keep discovering.
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