Have you finally decided to make the trip to Peru and visit the ancient citadel of Machu Picchu? If so, you may be wondering what you’ll encounter along your journey. If you’ve recently booked a Machu Picchu tour package, you can learn a little more about what to expect below.
Visiting the Inca Valley and Machu Picchu is an experience of a lifetime. Here are just a few of the cultural and historic highlights you’ll encounter on your tour.
Modern Peruvian Culture
The contemporary culture of Peru was formed by the kinship between Amerindian and Hispanic cultures. And one will find a host of different influences in everything from music to clothing styles. The country is also known for its literature, producing some of today’s most famous authors, such as Cesar Vallejo and Mario Vargas Llosa.
Another highlight of visiting Peru is the mix of cultural influence that can be found in its diverse cuisine. Primarily a fusion of ancient Peruvian and Spanish cuisine, one will discover delectable items like ceviche, aji de gallina (garlic chicken) and papa a la huancaina (potatoes and cream). Later in the century, Peru also saw an influx of immigration, primarily that of French, Cantonese Chinese, and Japanese people, further expanding its culinary traditions and offerings.
The Ancient Inca Trail
Many come to Peru to hike the ancient Inca Trail to Machu Picchu. Doing so is a great way to get in touch with the culture and traditions of the country, especially while traveling through the Inca Valley. You’ll pass through areas that have resisted tºhe pass of time and villages that still practice many of the customs today that were practiced hundreds of years ago.
Must-See Machu Picchu Landmarks
Once you arrive at the foot of the ancient citadel of Machu Picchu, you might be wondering what to check out first, the Temple of the Sun, the House of the High Priest or the Inca Bridge. There are also a host of other tombs, fountains, and temples to visit. Doing a bit of research beforehand can help you get together a list of sights to see. You can also ask your Machu Picchu tour guide for some insight and suggestions.
Visit the ancient citadel with a package from Machu Picchu Peru
Machu Picchu Peru offers a host of tours for every kind of adventurer. Our more popular treks include the 9-Day Inca Trail to Machu Picchu + Titicaca Lake Tour, which gives visitors a chance to explore the southern regions of Cusco and Puno; the Salkantay Trek to Machu Picchu offers another experience and an alternative to the Inca Trail.