The magical Machu Picchu

Peru is often referred to as “the richest country in the world”. One of Peru’s most sought after destinations is the ancient and mysterious Machu Picchu. AurTravel is here to tell you why.

The city was voted one of the New Seven Wonders of the World in 2007 and anyone who’s been there can definitely tell you why. The architecture of the city is like nothing else in the world and the views are such a sight to behold. The city was built around 1450 by the Incas but was later abandoned during the Spanish Conquest. It was brought to international attention in the early 1900s when American historian Hiram Bingham went on an expedition. Today, the site is still filled with much of the original architecture like the Temple of the Sun and the ritual stone, Intihuatana, which the ancient Inca believed could hold the sun in its place along its path.

A few hints and tips for visiting Machu Picchu:

  • Plan to visit during the off season. You’ll have a lot less crowds to compete with to take the trips up the mountain to the city. During peak season, be prepared to wait anywhere from two to four hours to get to the top of the mountain.
  • The tour around the city is one way only, so there’s no turning back on the trail just because you missed something. Take as much time as you want to walk around the trail and get as many pictures as you can.
  • Try to plan your trip so you have a few days at a town with a higher altitude than you’re used to. Machu Picchu is almost 8,000 feet above sea level, so it’s very likely that you will experience some altitude sickness. If you can spend a day or two in a city with a higher altitude the day and night before you plan to go up the mountain, it’ll help you acclimate and you won’t be as likely to get sick while you’re hiking.
  • Many of the smaller towns in Peru tend to lose electricity unexpectedly so if you have any tickets or passes that need to be printed, try to get that done before you leave, at the airport, or somewhere else in a bigger city ahead of time. You don’t want to get stuck without your ticket and miss out on your chance to see this city.

Machu Picchu has so much history and beauty to offer its visitors. Give AurTravel a call at 402.891.6909 when you’re ready for us to help you book your trip to this magical locale!



Rebekah Swerczek, AurTravelGrowing up in a small Texas town, Rebekah always had the desire to travel and discover as much of the world as possible. After high school, she took her chance. Rebekah joined a performing arts group based out of southern California called The Young Americans. She had the opportunity to perform, teach, and mentor young kids all around the world. With this group Rebekah was able to travel to 11 different countries. She also met her husband while performing with this group and eventually they settled down in Nebraska, but they still love to travel together any chance they get. So far their favorite places are Riviera Maya, Mexico and Northern Michigan, but they still have a few big ticket bucket list items they’d like to mark off their list including: New Zealand, Hawaii, and Scotland. Rebekah is also a huge animal lover and an avid Harry Potter fan. She is the newest addition to the AurTravel team and so happy to be here.

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