The ancient civilization of the Incas has provide many mysteries and facts to scholars, tourists and researchers who go to their old centers of civilization. Many of these are located in the Andes, because the old empire made this unique topography the cradle of their culture. The ancient Incas provide things to modern civilizations and these have become common items in use.
One of these is the cultivation of the potato, perhaps the most important contribution of this ancient people. Many who are interested in the people and its ways often wish to do the Machu Picchu tour package. This is an affordable vacation or trip, mostly done with a group of like enthusiasts, and will have certain amenities and perks that apply.
The package deal for tours is often all inclusive and priced competitively. This means that you can have all that you need for a relatively lower price when you are traveling without the services of a tour agency. Those who could prefer going it alone are more experienced travelers, or ones who are operating on a shoestring budget.
The thing with tours is that is has a lot going for it, from safety to reliability. There is always safety in numbers, and although Peru is relatively safe and friendly to Americans, the mountains can hide a lot of things. And many people have lived here for generations in complete isolation and their behavior could not really be predicted.
The tour is not something considered cheap, because the pricing will include many things, from accommodations, to food, to transport and the like. There could be economy trips, perhaps having shorter days for the visit or there could be high end ones, with complete facilities and comfortable lodgings. Peru has chosen to make mountains relatively free from commercialization though.
This means that the creature comforts for the visit to the ancient metropolis, considered a heritage site by the United Nations, could be basic. Basic means that there might not be things which folks could be used to in America. There are any number of health concerns attached, and any traveler to the place needs to have a set of immunization shots done.
Most of the folks who go are the hardier travelers, because the trek up to the mountains is not serviced by modern highways. It is close to impossible to make highways in the Andes in relation to Machu Picchu, and portage to the fabled city is often done on pack animals. The ancients used trails and llamas, donkeys or native horses.
This is in itself is an amazing fact, how people were able to create magnificent structures and complete ones to serve a large population by the clouds. The Incas created drainage systems, metropolitan roads, granaries and monuments. They lived in excellently appointed homes and there was a hierarchy and great riches.
How they came to be still has some mysterious details that really interest historical sleuths. Like the Mayans, the Incas are a cipher, a mysterious people who created the most exotic and complex cosmogony, complete calendars, practiced excellent engineering and hydraulics. You could study these, along with materials on their culture when you go on that trip.