MACHU PICCHU: The early morning Vistadome train takes us to Machu Picchu amidst the breathtaking views of the lush Urubamba Valley. The sacred crystal city of Machu Picchu, known as the Eighth Wonder of the World awaits. The total meaning and the varied uses of Machu Picchu are still unknown; why it was built and what purpose it served, who lived there and when they departed and why. It is widely agreed that the main intent of this stunning city, sometimes steeped in rain forest clouds, was a spiritual and ceremonial place for the Incas—although they were latecomers to this island in the sky. Clearly, its creators intended the journey to the sacred city to be a powerful experience for anyone who makes the pilgrimage. The fairytale ruins amongst the peaks of mountains, buffered by forests and deep gorges—surrounded by the swirling Milky Way in the sky matching the course of the Urubamba River are extraordinary. The structures and ceremonial sites are breathtakingly beautiful and rich with the heartbeat of Pachamama (Mother Earth).
Today we will walk the site and get oriented. You may discover places that feel special to you, call to you, or are your personal power spots.
Lunch at the Orient Express Sanctuary Hotel at Machu Picchu’s entrance.