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Quick Facts About Machu Picchu, Peru

Famed American archaeologist, Hiram Bingham, re-discovered the beautifully preserved Inca ruins of Machu Picchu, or “old peak”, in 1911. Machu Picchu sits high above the Urubamba River in the middle of the cloud forest. Often referred to as the “Lost City of the Incas”, most archaeologists believe Machu Picchu was created as an estate for the Inca emperor Pachacuti in the 15th century. View this Private Journey -

The last bastion of the Inca Empire, Machu Picchu, remarkably, remained unknown to the Spanish conquerors, but was abandoned slightly more than 100 years after it was built. Machu Picchu has two major areas: the agricultural zone, made up of terracing and food storehouses; and the urban zone, featuring the Sacred Sector, with temples, squares, and royal tombs that were carved with an extraordinary degree of perfection.

Travel Note: As part of our personally-guided Private Journey, Mythical Machu Picchu, Travcoa guests actually spend the night at the intimate Sanctuary Lodge, the only accommodations at Machu Picchu, giving you the privilege of seeing this mystifying site at the quiet times of dusk and dawn, when all other tourists have left. You’ll be able to witness the spectacular sunrise over the ruins, as brilliant shafts of sunlight break over the surrounding peaks to illuminate this beautiful testament to ancient architecture—a once-in-a-lifetime sight. 9 days from $5,645 -


Topics: Peru, Machu Picchu