machupicchu travel tours tourist information

Edition 2015  -    Machu Picchu Viajes----


Mon-Fri From 9 Am to 6 Pm ET
please allow pop-ups
















Historical Sanctuary

Due to its special location in a region of Peru where the Andes and the Amazon meet, the 32,592 hectares surrounding the citadel have been declared a protected area in order to preserve the flora, fauna and geological formations, as well as the archeological remains.

The Machu Picchu Sanctuary is a priceless example of Andean archeology and culture, combined with a spectacular natural environment home to species of fauna and flora unknown elsewhere in the world.

Apart from Machu Picchu itself, there are 34 other archeological groups in the Sanctuary, which are interconnected by the ancient Inca Trail, an impressive original Inca route, which nowadays is open to tourists.

Notable amongst these sites are the Inca constructions of Runquracay, the ruins of Sacyamarca (similar to Machu Picchu), the citadel of Phuyupatamarca ("Town above the Clouds"), the ruins of Wiñay Wayna ("Eternally Young"), the Temple of the Moon and the archeological group known as the Gran Caverna ("Great Cavern").
The flora of Machu Picchu is exuberant, and in higher areas different species of high-Andean grains are found. In the low areas, trees such as the "aliso" Alnus jorullensis, "nogal" Juglans neotropica, "intimpa" Podocarpus glomeratus, "Kisuar" Buddleja incana may be found. There are also 30 genus and over 90 species of orchids.

Among the fauna of Machupicchu we can find birds such as the "condor"
(Vultur gryphus) and diverse species of hummingbirds, and mammals such as pumas (Felis concolor), the "tigrillo" (Felis pardalis) as well as a few species of monkeys and ophidians of the Bothrops species. There are species in danger of extinction in the Sanctuary as well, such as the "rock hen"
("gallito de las rocas"), the "spectacled bear" ("oso de anteojos"), the otter and the mountain cat.

Perhaps the main attraction of the citadel is the degree of technology that its builders achieved in stone work. The joins between the stones in some of its buildings are so snug that it’s impossible to insert even the tip of a needle between them. The most fascinating stone is the "Intihuatana"
(hitching post of the sun), which served as an astronomical calendar.
Nevertheless, more interesting is the energy and peace you feel when you get in this mysterious place.







Machupicchu Travel Tours and Tourist Information
 Copyright - 20
Contact Us