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Machu Picchu / Sacred Valley / Cusco

Location: Peru

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Recently named one of the New 7 Wonders of the World, Machu Picchu is one of the most familiar and spectacular symbols of the Incan Empire.

ISA students will start in the historical city of Cusco, the ancient Inca capital, thought to have been founded around 1100 AD. The city is full of beautiful plazas, narrow streets, and grand structures in the Plaza de Armas. Cusco is connected by the famous Inca Trail to Machu Picchu.

Students will have the opportunity to tour the Sacred Valley and then take the Backpacker's Train to "The Lost City of the Incas". At Machu Picchu students will be afforded countless magnificent views of the Peruvian Andes and marvel at the way the Incas built this "city in the sky". Tours of the ruins will allow students to see and experience the architectural wonder that is Machu Picchu and feel for a moment that they are part of the Incan Empire.

There are opportunities to hike, stroll, or just contemplate the awe-inspiring scenery. As one student put it, "It is amazing the impression Machu Picchu leaves on everyone... I'm very fortunate that I've had the chance to come to a place that holds so much mystique and wonder for so many people."

Available in the following sessions