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MACHU PICCHU - THE SPIRIT OF THE INCAS

Perched high in the Peruvian Andes in mist-shrouded forests, the citadel of Machu Picchu was probably the most amazing urban creation of the Inca Empire. Its giant walls, terraces and ramps seem as if they were cut naturally in the continuous rock escarpments. Though stationary and motionless, the scenery changes hourly. But journey this isn’t for merely “seeing” ruins, it’s a chance to “experience” the vestiges of the ancient civilization that built them.  A trip here allows you to imagine how Incas walked down the very same stairs and through the identical entranceways as you. A captivating and enchanted place, we especially love those moments when Machu Picchu is shrouded in fog, giving it the appearance of a magic castle floating in the sky. It’s a moving scene; one almost making you feel like you’re in an Andean fairy tale.

It’s no surprise that Machu Picchu is on the bucket lists of so many a travelers. It’s definitely one of South America’s highlights. To be precise, though, the word “tour” is not quite suitable for this deeply spiritual experience in the “Lost City.” Rather, a visit here is more of a pilgrimage. But don’t get us wrong; we’re not suggesting that Machu Picchu is some sort of religious site. When we say “pilgrimage,” we’re referring to your will being manifested; your emotions being set free to untangle. It’s a destination that provides you the perfect setting to release the spirit of adventure within …that inevitable natural instinct to explore. It’s a truly rewarding trip and definitely an authentic one.

No matter what’s your passion, there’s something here for you:

- Outdoor enthusiasts will explore not only the ancient ruins but also the dense forests that surround them.

- Nature lovers will search for endemic birds (birdwatching in Machu Picchu is a must for birders) and comb the forest for stunning orchids (though be sure to bring a magnifying glass).

- Active adventurers will definitely find it rewarding to trek trails that the Incas themselves paved. Then too, you can hike up adjacent the Huayna Picchu mountain and be blessed in a ceremony for the ancient gods and Pachamama (“Mother Earth”).

- Friendlier travelers will socialize with descendants of the Incas and learn the wisdom that has been passed down from generation to generation.

- Couples or newlyweds on a honeymoon trip to Machu Picchu will experience a unique setting for sharing these special, intimate and ever-cherished memories.

- Kids will love the moment when a llama photo-bombs the selfies they’re taking. That same child might even learn the basics of knitting its wool.

- As for the laid-back traveler simply looking to relax on their luxury tour in Peru, you can kick back and relax, making your own coca tea and enjoying it in a soothing Andean sauna.

- Foodies? Peru is already an avant-garde culinary destination with few equals. Here, you might be pleasantly surprised how each region in Peru has its own edible adaptations and savory fusions. We especially love llama steak on a quinoa risotto with a dab of some sooo subtle lucuma sauce, which also pairs quite nicely with a cape gooseberry infused pisco.

These are just a few of the general experiences that await you at Machu Picchu. And while it may already turn out to be the highlight of your journey in Peru, we promise to “spice-it-up” even more by taking it up a notch based on our extensive experience exploring Machu Picchu.

Feel like discovering Machu Picchu now? Let us here at Surtrek help plan a tailor-made journey designed specifically for you. We invite you on an authentic Machu Picchu tour to discover your own inspiration.

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