A Mysteriously Curious ‘Alien’ Private Tour Of Machu Picchu, Peru, it would be unheard of to travel as far a Peru and did not make an effort to go to Machu Picchu.
This awesome, amazing and all inspiring ancient city is a sight to be beholden.
Even though it is the best-known archaeological site on the continent, it still can have up to 2500 people arrive daily to see it, in peak season.
A Mysteriously Curious ‘Alien’ Private Tour Of Machu Picchu, Peru
This Incan citadel is up high the Andes Mountains of Peru with the Urubamba River Valley below.
Machu Picchu was around from the 1460’s and has sophisticated dry-stone walls of huge blocks joined without mortar. It was abandoned 100 years later. Read More...
The Mysterious Hidden City Guided Tour of Macchu Picchu
There is something very mysterious about Machu Picchu, not only because of how it was built but by its design and the way it is placed on astronomical alignments. Some ancient historians believe that there were extraterrestrial influences in the building of it due to the advanced architecture. Whoever designed and built it, was clearly a thinker ahead of his time.
The Quechua language (a native language of Peru) Machu means old, and Picchu means peak. Therefore Machu Picchu means ‘old peak’.
Machu Picchu is about 80 kilometres from Cusco the Inca capital, and thankfully when the Spanish invaded Cusco, they never found it and therefore did not destroy it like they had other sacred buildings.
Over the many years to follow the jungle grew in and around Machu Picchu so much it became almost invisible to people who never knew it was there.
That is until 1911 when an American explorer, Hiram Bingham, looking for a hidden city came across it. It was him who Machu Picchu famous and organised the excavation and clearing of the site. Machu Picchu and the area around it was declared a true sanctuary in 1981.
The Mysterious Hidden City Guided Tour of Macchu Picchu has to be done while here!
Top 10 Things to See and Do in Machu Picchu
The Temple of the Sun
This semi-circle building made of rock from ancient times is an example of unusual design and craft in Peru. The way this Temple was built is how it got its name, and the way the Sun appears through the odd shaped windows especially exceptional during winter and summer solstices. There is a tower in the temple of the Sun where mummies were kept and worshipped in the royal tombs, apparently to the cult of the Sun mummies are important.
A unique experience, trekking with a guide for four days through the most beautiful, unbelievable landscapes and mountains before arriving at Macchu Picchu and seeing the sun rise over the mountains from the Sun Gate. The camaraderie that you get from doing this trek is fantastic; you make friends for life with strangers. During the Trek, you will also have been through Huayllabamba, Pacamayo and Huinay Huayna.
This place is an impressive archaeological site, largest of four on the outskirts of Cusco, Peru. Another ruin which the Incas built and had a military connection as it was where a major battle with the Spanish back in 1536.
In English, Sacsayhuaman is translated as Speckled head. The building is made of massive stones cut to slot in together with no mortar. You are in awe of the work that was done then, when on guided tour here.
This Inca site makes up the foundations of the church of Santo Domingo, a strange combination of monolithic Inca and arched colonial architecture. By taking a private tour, you get to learn more than when you go yourself.
Translated, Qoirkancha means ‘Golden Courtyard’ and in the times before lived up to its name with walls clad with sheets of gold, silver statues. It is no surprise it was raided by the Spanish when they invaded
Macchu Picchu Ruins
The most infamous Inca monument in the world, set in the stunning landscape and mountains. You are drawn to each section of the ruins as you want to see more wonders on your guided tour. All the mysterious nooks and crannies that historians can only guess what they were for. From inside you are looking out at a view you would love to see every day of your life. And still, to this day there is mystery around its construction.
Maras Salt Pools
Not far from Machu Picchu and Cusco is Maras Salt Pools. Found in the Sacred Valley of the Incas, are the worked salt pans. Even before the Incas, salt has been collected here. The salt rises to the surface from a subterranean stream and disappearing in the Andean sunshine. The Andean hillsides look amazing with saltworks pools terraced up them. It looks like it has snowed in the sunshine. A great different guided tour.
Along the Inca trail are the ruins of Winay Wayna. A guided tour to these fascinating ruins gives you a good idea of daily life in this area many years ago. The ruins are foundations of houses clinging to a steep hill. You can see what is left of staircases, water fountains and see remnants of where the land had been farmed. These ruins are well preserved and add to the landscape. It is not surprising it is called ‘Little Machu Picchu.
Temple of the Three Windows
You can find the Temple of the Three Windows on the Sacred Plaza in the town section of Machu Picchu. It is a massive construction of a lithic structure. The long main wall holds three large windows. Why this building has these three windows, there are many ideas, but Hiram Bingham who discovered Machu Picchu thought the three windows symbolised the place from where the Incas came. Have a private guided tour to learn its known history.
Belonging to the Ollantaytambo district in the province of Urubamba, Cusco, this archaeological site in another great tourist attraction. It has two stages; one is where you can see the beautiful landscape known as the Andenes, the other is in many sections of the remnants of a building. These parts include the ruins of a backyard, rooms, and another backyard. Always worth taking a sightseeing tour to here.
The place when the sun gets tied, Intihuatana was a religious building. Originally made up of 4 sides, the same representing the north, east, west and south and found at the top of the sacred mountain. You climb 70 steps to reach this wonder of ancient technology, as it was recognised, as a type of clock to know when to celebrate the winter solstice, one of the most famous and influential times of celebration and rituals in Inca times.
Travel Tips for Machu Picchu
Best Time To Visit
The best time is definitely the dry season so you can trek up the mountains on a private tour of Machu Picchu safely and it is not too hot, however, even then you will experience the odd rainfall so be prepared anyhow and bring the right clothes. So this is the ideal time to see the jungle granite peaks between may and October; the afternoon is better as the morning mist will have cleared. Pre-book your private or guided tours and save some money!
I find the prices in Peru very reasonable. Try and prebook all your private tours in advance as it works out cheaper, plus you can email your tour agency with any inquiries before travel. Accomodation wise is also best to book earlier to get some better discounts as the height of the season the prices tend to peak! Food and drink are all cheap and plentiful! Enjoy! Only carry the amount of cash you need daily and use the ATM. Guides are great value !
Know Before Visiting
Machu Picchu is the same with most holiday destinations; you won't be surprised to know that you just need to be aware of your surroundings at all times, especially your handbags and wallets keep them safely tucked away. The currency used is Nuevo Sol and is better to be given in small denominations as it is easier for them to change. Most places will not accept Visa or Mastercard so just take cash from atm when required. Tour Guides are amazingly cheap!
Machu Pichu is a place best visited during the dry months of the year especially if your primary focus is trekking! The ideal time to book is between November and March when the weather is warm and dry with occasional rain. If you are coming solely for the Inca trail, it is closed for the whole month of February for maintenance every year!