The Sanctuary at Machu Picchu is nestled in an ecosystem known as a Cloud Forest, characterized by exuberant vegetation, high mountains with sheer drops and a great deal of rain; it is located in the transition zone between the cordillera and the jungle, with altitudes ranging from 6250 to 1800 m.
This ecosystem is rich in biodiversity: Spectacled Bears (declared as the Sanctuary’s symbol), Rupicola Peruviana, or Cock-of-the-rock, Peru’s emblematic bird, Quetzal, mountain toucans, velvet-fronted grackles, tarukas (Andean deer) and a profusion of hummingbirds. It is also the habitat of rare orchids, giant ferns, mountain palms and bromeliads.
According to the latest theories, Machu Picchu was a place of retreat for the Incas due to its climate, seclusion, natural resources and the quality of its water. The Sacred Valley of Machu Picchu was strategically placed in a transition zone, between the mountains and the jungle. In 1993 it was declared as a World Heritage Site by the UNESCO.
We will take care of everything: two way train admission fees in the rail service of your choosing (Hiram Bingham, Vistadome, Backpacker), guided 2-hour tour, bus up and down from the ruins. We can suggest good places for lunch or we can include lunch if you prefer.