Machu Picchu

Machu Picchu
Machu Picchu has guarded its secrets for centuries. Despite extensive historical and archaeological study, a lack of written records has made it difficult for scholars to discern the original function of this stunning citadel, perched on the rolling slopes of the eastern Andes. Was it a royal getaway for Incan elites? A ceremonial site for Incan leaders?Something else entirely? Develop your own theory with etr as we explore this iconic and awe-inspiring site.

Built in the 15th century, Machu Picchu sits at the heart of a sacred jungle landscape, encircled by a winding river that is still venerated by Peruvians and a fertile valley that has been cultivated with the same crops for centuries. The Incas abandoned Machu Picchu during the time of the Spanish Conquest but the site was not actually discovered by the Conquistadors, so many of the dry-stone structures tucked dizzyingly into rock escarpments remained intact.

We’ll explore the varied ruins to discover multiple aspects of ancient Peruvian life, from royal culture to religious customs to commercial habits, and stop in reconstructed, ornamental buildings that give us an even clearer picture of Machu Picchu’s past. Winding our way down ancient ramps in the shadows of Peru’s grandest mountains, we’ll discover that although Machu Picchu’s true purpose may be obscure, its magic is clear as ever.

etr offers international school student groups the chance to explore Machu Picchu and the mystical Inca sites all along the Sacred Valley in a wide variety of itineraries. Contact etr today to learn more.


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We create customized itineraries for just you and your students. To begin your journey to Machu Picchu just contact us through following ways.

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