Since I was a young girl, I had wanted to visit Machu Picchu in Peru, the cradle of the Inca civilization. I have now been there at least 10 times. We are going again this spring. It is truly a privilege to stand on this site that was once the refuge for Incan rulers to get away from it all. One client who had traveled to 45 destinations in the world commented “this is the ultimate.” One just wants to sit on the grassy areas on the different levels of the ruins, watch the animal “lawn mowers”, the Llamas, and contemplate what the city was like when it was occupied. We are so fortunate the Spaniards never discovered it or, it would not be available to us. The best experience is to watch the sun rise on the site and see it chase away the shadows on the magnificent structures as it moves across the ruins. It is also a wonderful experience to travel on the narrow gauge railroad to Machu Picchu through the gorgeous, scenic Sacred Valley with the towering Andean Peaks on both side. A personal highlight of this tour was to climb Wayna Picchu (the old mountain) twice with chains and rings to pull me up. It is the pointed peak always seen at the back of the Machu Picchu (young mountain) photos. As one stands at the top, the full sweep of Machu Picchu is below and it is a breathtaking moment. Those of us who want to do so, walk 4 miles on the Inca Trail to the Sun Gate, so we can boast we walked part of the Inca Trail. The Inca Suspended Bridge is another optional destination while there. It was one of the varied entrances into the site. We also actually visit the Floating Islands in Lake Titicaca in reed boats. I had studied them in grade school. The pigs, the school and the church each have their own floating islands!
Begin and end in the capital of the Spanish civilization– Lima, Peru.
April 19-30, 2016. $3995 p/p per dble rm. A discount available.