Watch the Sunrise in Machu Picchu

Machu Picchu

Visitors are lining up in order to visit the lost city of the Inca Machu Picchu. The increase in the tourism industry is partially due to the promotion efforts by the Peruvian government and the naming of Machu Picchu as one of the newly appointed wonders of the world. The lost Inca city was also selected as one of the “must visit destinations before you die” in a recent competition where it beat out the Pyramids in Egypt for the top spot.  One of the most entrancing images for travelers reaching the lost city is watching the sunrise in Machu Picchu while it goes over the Andean landscape.

If you are interested in getting to see this inspiring sunrise scene, then you have to of course be in Machu Picchu while it is still dark out.  This is actually much easier than you think; there are several methods you can choose to reach Machu Picchu in time for the sunrise.  These various methods include treks, trails and tours which quickly get you from one place to another. Here is one example of an all inclusive Peru travel package to Machu Picchu that will get you in time for the sunrise.

Day 1
You will have to catch a flight to Cusco from Lima to then be transferred to your hotel courtesy of your appointed English speaking travel guide. From here on you should spend some time relaxing and getting acclimatized to the local altitude, most of the time there isn’t much of an issue but some travelers really feel the pressure associated with being so high up.

In the Afternoon you can begin a half day city tour around Cusco. Your appointed guide will show you where the exact centre of the Inca Empire was located and the cathedral that was built around Inca ruins. Afterwards you will be taken to other sections of the city including the ruins of Tambomachay, the bath of the Inca, Qenko, the giant rock with eerie looking carvings and the Puca Pucara which was a small fort. The cathedral borders on other churches on both sides.

Next stop will be the old town with its magnificent renovated colonial buildings. You will also visit the nearby ruins such as Tambo Machay, the bath of the Inca, Qenko, the giant rock whose niches and gaps were carved in a strange way, and Puca Pucara, the ruin of a small fort. When you are all done with this you can go back to your hotel and get a good nights sleep in order to prepare for the following days activities.

Day 2
On Day 2 you will have a good breakfast before setting out into the sacred valley of the Incas. There is a traditional market there known as Pisac Indian market where natives make and sell handicrafts. This market exhibits various woven goods such as alpaca sweaters, hats and several other products as well. Later (after lunch) you will be taken to Ollantaytambo, this is one of the oldest settlements in the Americas and just by walking through the streets you will get a sense of how old it is and how important this place is as local heritage.  This portion of the tour will end in a place called Yucay where you will spend one night.

Day 3
Day 3 is where you will take an excursion to Machu Picchu very early in the morning, a bus will take you to the train station to then head further into the Urubamba Valley, this train ride is very scenic so you should have your camera ready to take pictures of the surrounding Andean landscapes. Once you reach Aguas Calientes (a town located at the bottom of Machu Picchu) you will than take small busses up through the roads leading to the Inca citadel which were discovered (more like finally found by a westerner) by Hiram Bingham in 1911.  The Spaniards which invaded Peru never even knew this place existed.   You will stay overnight and head out very early in the morning.

Day 4
Ok this is day 4 and you get the entire morning to do as you please so you can go to the ruins and catch the much anticipated sun rising over the Andean mountains, the Inca seemingly constructed Machu Picchu in order to worship the Sun God appropriately so the view you get here is unbelievable. You’ve now seen the sunrise over Machu Picchu and it is time to head over to Cusco once more where you will stay one more night.

Day 5
On the fifth day you will have your breakfast and then go to the airport where you will take a flight back to the capital city of Lima. That’s pretty much it for this particular tour of Lima to Machu Picchu, it includes native towns, meeting native people and learning about the native culture. There are of course other ways to reach Machu Picchu such as the Inca trail or the Salkantay trek.

Contact us if you have any questions or would like to know more about this tour or any other tour.

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