Enjoying the most at The Lost City of the Incas
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- 1 hour
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- We Speak:
- Spanish, English
Last updated: 01/18/2010
Discover the Lost City of the Incas, one of the New Seven Wonders of the World. Take a guided tour of this amazing citadel, an awe-inspiring experience. Afterwards feel free to stroll around...
Pick up from Hotel and Transfer to the Train Station to aboard the Backpacker Rail coach.
Embarking at Poroy the journey begins by descending into the Sacred Valley, passing by lush, green fields and colourful villages in the foothills of the Andes. After departing Poroy and going through Cachimayo, the train descends to the plateau of Anta, a patchwork landscape of typical Andean crops and passes lush fields and colourful villages in the foothills of the Andes.
Far to the left, just below the horizon, the massive agricultural terraces of Jaquijahuana can be seen, close to the village of Zurite. Sadly, these great terraces are all that remain today of what was once a major Inca city, lost forever during the first years after the Spanish conquest.
Beyond the town of Huarocondo the great plain narrows dramatically as the track enters a deep gorge carved by the rushing Pomatales River down which the railway, too, is funnelled until it meets the Urubamba River, which runs through the beautiful Sacred Valley.
The train passes through extensive areas of terracing dotted with the ruins of Inca fortresses. Bisecting this are still-visible sections of an ancient, long-abandoned highway adopted by the muleteers of the late 19th century, who used it to travel between Cusco and the rubber plantations of the Amazon lowlands.
Five kilometres beyond Pachar, is the village of Ollantaytambo where farmers work with the same patience and skill that their ancestors must have employed to shape and then move the huge blocks of stone with which they built both their homes and the temples in which they worshipped.
As the train leaves Ollantaytambo to begin the last part of its journey to Machu Picchu, the temple complex known as The Fortress, dedicated sometime in the 15th century to the many deities of the Inca pantheon, can be seen to the right above the earthwork ramp once used to drag its monolithic blocks up from the valley floor.
The railway follows the river into the Urubamba Gorge. At Coriwaynachina, known simply to the generations of hikers who have begun the Inca Trail there as Km 88, a fine staircase carved into the rock leads to a series of ruined buildings where once, it is said, Inca artisans took advantage of the constant wind that rises from the valley floor to smelt gold.
Emerging from a short tunnel, a series of beautiful agricultural terraces marks the ruins of Qente, which in Quechua means hummingbird.
In this fertile microclimate fed by a nearby waterfall, giant hummingbirds are indeed a common sight in the early morning and bright flowers bloom all year round.
Surrounded by tall ceibos and rocky outcrops hung with orchids and bromeliads, the train passes Km 104 at Chachabamba, from where the one-day trek to Machu Picchu via the magnificent ruins of WiÃ±ay Wayna begins.
Arrival to Machu Picchu Pueblo (formerly called Aguas Calientes). Guests disembark to start a unique experience at Machu Picchu Citadel.
Guided tour to Machu Picchu Citadel
We will get on minibuses to go up the ruins of the Sacred Citadel of the Incas âMachu Picchuâ. We will visit this outstanding archaeological monument, which keeps and indescribable magic and energy for those having not lived this experience before. We will stroll around its terraces, corridors, temples, solar clock âIntihuatanaâ, and other sacred places comprising this citadel.
- Inclusions -
- Round trip Train Ticket in Backpacker Rail coach
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- NOTE: The city of Machu Picchu is the department of Cuscoâs most important tourist attraction. Discovered in 1911 by the American explorer, Hiram Bingham, this city is considered to be one of the most extraordinary examples of scenic architecture in the world. The city of Machu Picchu itself was built at the top of a granite mountain. The Incas, using ingenious engineering techniques, were able to transport heavy stone blocks up the mountain side, and once there, they used their excellent masonry skills to produce amazingly polished stones that fit together perfectly.
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