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Machu Picchu, Cusco & Wildlife

In the 1990’s, the readers of Condé Nast Traveler Magazine named Machu Picchu the world’s number one monument for overall experience, beating out the Great Pyramid, the Taj Mahal, the Great Wall, and the Eiffel Tower.  We often have heard those who have not yet seen this world-famous Inca citadel say “it must be so touristy that it’s not worth visiting”, but they could hardly be more confused.

Since 1997, the CEO of SouthWild has visited Machu Picchu more than 40 times, and he finds it worth visiting any day of the year, rain or shine, with or without a lot of visitors. The site is so huge that even on it’s busiest days, the 2,500 visitors almost disappear among the 15 acres (6.44 hectares) of rockwork.
Our favorite months to visit Machu Picchu are December through March, when brooding clouds and even rain scare away most visitors and intensify the mysterious, mystical character of the site.
Machu Picchu perhaps is the only monument on Earth that is much more dramatic in person than even the finest photos of the site.

While we offer traditional guided trips to Machu Picchu, we also emphasize the wildlife of the site, which normally is overlooked by conventional operators.  Our biologists have spent years exploring, monitoring, and mapping the best sites at Machu Picchu for watching ridiculously-cute, rabbit-like Vizcachas in the rocks of the site and glowing red Andean Cocks-of-the-Rock in the forests in the valley below. The site offers outstanding hotels for you.
Ask us for our special wildlife programs at the world’s most spectacular archaeological site.