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Machu Picchu, Peru

The Inca civilisation

Machu Picchu, Peru

Discover the ancient civilisations of Peru, Ecuador and Bolivia

Masters of architecture, in particular stone work, the Inca were a civilised people who lived throughout Peru, Ecuador and Bolivia, becoming the largest empire in pre-Columbian America.

They used advanced methods to construct beautiful stone temples and developed unique astronomical observations, which influenced everything from their religion and agriculture to everyday life.

Plan your trip with Audley

Our knowledgeable specialists can create a unique itinerary that visits the very best historic sites, along with a few places that you might not have known about. We've suggested a couple of sites below to help you get started.

Resting on a mountain saddle high above a verdant river valley, the ancient city of Machu Picchu was hidden from the wider world until it was discovered by an American explorer in 1911. Its remote location, breathtaking surroundings and preserved stone buildings and temples have made Machu Picchu the most popular and visited Inca site in Peru.

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Similar in structure and layout to Machu Picchu, the well-preserved city of Choquequirao rests on top of a levelled mountain overlooking the verdant valley of the Apurimac River. It receives far fewer visitors than the famous Inca citadel at Machu Picchu, and its wonderful terraces, stone temples and clever aqueduct systems give a fascinating insight into Inca history.

Contact us to find out more about how we can create a personalised itinerary for you, including a visit to these sites. Or take a look at our suggested itineraries below, which can all be tailored to suit your own personal taste and budget.

More Inca inspired trip ideas

Start thinking about your experience. These itineraries are simply suggestions for how you could enjoy some of the same experiences as our specialists. They're just for inspiration, because your trip will be created around your particular tastes.

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