Machu Picchu still essential to visit

Visiting South America without visiting Machu Picchu would be like taking a holiday to Alice Springs and not checking out Uluru.

The breathtaking 15th century Inca citadel situated on a mountain ridge 2,430m above sea level is located in the Cusco Region of Peru and was declared a Peruvian Historic Sanctuary in 1981 and a UNESCO World Heritage Site in 1983.

There are many tour operators that will take travellers to this amazing Incan ruin, however, luxury small group operator Abercrombie & Kent is currently offering Aussies a way to visit the site in style in 2019.

The eight-day Machu Picchu & the Sacred Valley small group tour offers an immersive cultural adventure of Peru that spans the Sacred Valley in the Andean highlands, the cultural wonders of Peru’s capital Lima, and most importantly, two whole days exploring the must-see sights of Machu Picchu.

Highlights of the journey includes sampling some traditional Peruvian cuisine, visiting Casa Aliaga — the country’s oldest colonial mansion, learning about the ancient agricultural methods of villages in the Sacred Valley, enjoying a private performance from an authentic Andean musician, and trekking up to Huayna Picchu, the high mountain peak that forms the backbone of the site and provides the best vantage point to view the surrounding area.

The trip departs Australia every month of the year in 2019 and is priced from $3,195 per person.