Peru Cock of the Rock

Why visit Machu Picchu?

Peru’s most sought-after drawcard is its connection to the ancient Incan people. Home to the famous ruins of Machu Picchu, the Incan capital of Cusco and the Incan farming region of the Sacred Valley, travellers can expect a wonderfully interpretive introduction to what was once the largest empire in pre-Columbian America.

A shroud of mystery envelopes the citadel of Machu Picchu, a 38 000 hectare (94 000 acre) complex, tucked away within the jungle. Some speculate that it was established as a university, while others claim that it was built as a retreat for royalty. Approximately 75 kilometres (47 miles) away is the vibrant city of Cusco, once the capital of the Incas. This enchanting destination greets visitors with an invitingly festive atmosphere. Bustling markets, brimming with authentic curious, and beautiful architecture inspired by both the Incans and Spanish, add to the charm of the city.

Tucked in-between Cusco and Machu Picchu is the flourishing Sacred Valley, guardian of a number of prominent ancient sites, and a destination that completes the Incan circuit. The region’s breathtaking vistas of frosted-peaked mountains and Inca farming terraces makes it the ideal destination to embark on a series of outdoor adventures such mountain biking, trekking, horse-riding, river rafting, and rock climbing.

Why Visit?

  • Explore the iconic ruins of Machu Picchu with a private guide, who will offer his own interpretation of how and why this enigmatic destination came to be.
  • Acclimatise in the Sacred Valley – unwind in the peaceful rural farmlands or embark on one of the myriad of outdoor adventures on offer.
  • Browse through the Pisac market, and discover the Ollaytaytambo and Moray ruins of the Sacred Valley.
  • Embark on an excursion to the town of Maras, in the Sacred Valley; renowned for its salt mines that were once used by the Incas.
  • Journey to the Incan capital of Cusco and marvel at the attractions of Sacsayhuamán, as well as the Spanish architecture of the Cusco Cathedral, Mercado central de San Pedro and Plaza de Armas.
  • Take home a locally crafted memento such as a beautiful piece of silver jewellery or alpaca wool knitwear whilst touring Cusco.

Climate

Summer (December to March)
7°C/45°F to 22°C/72°F

Winter (June to September)
-1°C/33°F to 20°C/68°F

The rainy season lasts from November to March.