The ruins of Machu Picchu are one of the most beautiful and enigmatic ancient sites in the world. Two thousand feet above the rumbling Urubamba river, the cloud shrouded ruins have palaces, baths, temples, storage rooms and some 150 houses, all in a remarkable state of preservation in this World Heritage Site.
UNESCO World Heritage Site Machu Picchu
Wayna or Huayna Picchu
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Sumaq', meaning 'beautiful' in the Incan language, lies on the banks of the river Urubamba and completely justifies its given name! The rooms are pleasantly spacious, designed in an appealing and unobstrusive manner; while the cuisine served here is excellent, and the splendid in-house spa is the perfect place to relax and recoup your energies after a trip to Machu Picchu.
If you are physically fit and want a postcard view of the citadel of Machu Picchu, then be among the first in the morning at the gate of Machu Picchu as you explore on your own the mountain opposite the ruins, Wayna Picchu. The trail is steep but worthwhile with great birds-eye views of the lost city and the surrounding peaks of the Andes. Because of the narrow trail and popular demand, there are only two timings allowed for the climb which must be booked in advance. Please let your travel consultant know if you’d rather do the climb from 7:00 to 8:00 a.m. or 10:00 to 11:00 a.m. We recommend rising early to get the best views before the heat and the crowds arrive! (Independent Activity)
Re-entry to Machu Picchu Ruins
Take a second day to explore the famous ruins of Machu Picchu. Independently view the ruins again, deepening your impressions and gaining a richer understanding and appreciation for this amazing world wonder. (Machu Picchu opens at 06:00. Independently tour Machu Picchu.)
*I-MPP Lunch M. Picchu @ Sanctuary Lodge
Enjoy lunch at Machu Picchu, refueling for the trip ahead, or perhaps for a detailed exploration of the sacred citadel. (The restaurant is open from 11:30 to 15:00)