Explore the magical Lost City of the Incas
Get ready to cross a big-ticket item off your bucket list with a tour of Cusco and Machu Picchu. These magnificent ancient ruins are the best-known on the continent. They fascinate archaeologists and historians as well as bewitch travellers.
Your bespoke holiday to Cusco and Machu Picchu will give you insight and plenty of ‘wow’ moments as you discover two of South America’s most iconic destinations.
Cusco, the ancient Incan capital, is a beguiling mix of colonial splendor and indigenous culture. Highlights of your tailor-made Cusco tour can include visits to Sacsayhuaman and Tambomachay, nearby ruins. Here you’ll discover clues about Incan life and culture. You may want to also experience the traditional local markets near the area, such as Pisac and Chinchero.
But, the main event is some 113m northwest of Cusco, hidden from view by the Andean mountains. Machu Picchu’s existence was never disclosed to the Spanish, so it was virtually forgotten for centuries, until 1911, when explorer Hiram Bingham stumbled upon the citadel. No one is sure as to Machu Picchu’s real purpose, but it’s thought to have been a site of great ceremonial importance or a royal estate. What we can be certain of, however, is that the views are nothing short of mesmerising.
The most relaxed way to reach Machu Picchu is the Belmond Hiram Bingham rail service. But if your legs are up to the challenge, the legendary Inca Trail is a deeply rewarding trek.