Month Visited: December
Our family loves adventure and excitement, and we enjoy finding out of the way places and taking part in unusual activities. We want to see and do as much as possible while we spend time as a family, and we like to find activities that are educational and fun at the same time. We are not afraid to step outside of our comfort zone at times and rough it when necessary. Our children at the time of this itinerary: 4 children-Boy age 27 years, Boy age 25 years, Girl age 21 years, Boy age 17 years.
Special tips and warnings about this trip: You may require certain vaccinations before traveling to Peru, your doctor can advise you on which vaccinations you may be missing. Insect bites can be a big problem so you may want to make sure you pack insect repellant and mosquito netting to prevent any diseases or infections caused by these creatures. Travelers diarrhea can be a big problem for many, but this can usually be avoided by being careful about what you eat and drink. Anything that uses local tap water or well water should be avoided. Your doctor may also recommend that you take anti malaria medication during your travels to protect you against this disease.
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Admission: Starting at $26
Description: Machu Picchu is often referred to as the lost city of the Incas, and the city was built in the mid 1400s and then abandoned in the 1500s after the Spanish Conquistadors arrived. The ruins of this once great city are perched on a mountain ridge that offers incredible views of the Sacred Valley of the Incas. Many archaeologists believe that Machu Picchu was built as an estate for Pachacuti, an Incan emperor in the 1400s. These ruins are one of the top attractions for tourists from around the globe, and they are quite extensive. Many of the buildings from the original city have been reconstructed and these can be viewed and explored by visitors. There is a limit to the number of people who are allowed entry on each day, and the ruins are divided into four main areas for tours and exploration.
Machu Picchu is one of the most intact cultural and heritage sites found anywhere, because this city was kept secret from the invading armies and was not disturbed or looted by other civilizations. The three main structures that visitors come to see are the Temple of the Sun, the Hitching Post of the Sun, and the Room of the Three Windows. Today the government takes special care to protect Machu Picchu from the numerous threats posed by natural disasters like earthquakes as well as the threats that large numbers of tourists may pose. This is why the number of visitors is limited to a specific amount each day for each area of these ruins.
Our Experiences: We spent the entire day exploring the ruins of Machu Picchu, and even after all this time we were hesitant to leave when the day ended. There is so much to see or do here that you may want to schedule more than one day if you have the time. We saw reconstructed buildings and ruins that were in disrepair, although the work being done to restore this archeological site is evident in many areas. Everyone has a great time exploring the different ruins and learning about the history of the Incas. Be prepared to spend a lot of time walking though, and you should expect crowds because of the popularity of this attraction. If you have small children then you may want to bring a stroller. The kids did get tired towards the end of the day and you can expect to have sore feet if you spend all day like we did. This was a favorite for everyone in our family though, and we all slept well when we got back because of all the walking and climbing that we did to enjoy the various ruins on our Machu Picchu tour.