The ancient ruins of Machu Picchu are considered to be one of the new Seven Wonders of the World. Built during the mid-1400s between the reigns of Pachacutec and Tupac, the sprawling city ruins cover more than 125 square miles of the eastern slopes of the Andes mountains — more than 8,200 feet above sea level.

The “Lost City” of the Incas is a stunning display of harmony between man-made structures and nature. Though it has long been unoccupied by humans, Machu Picchu has been reclaimed by nature and now serves as a home to a number of Peruvian animals, including the spectacled bear.

The spectacled bear is the only species of bear native to South America, and they are the last remaining sub-species of the "short-faced" bear. They tend to reside in high-altitude forests, which is why the ancient ruins make the perfect home for the furry creatures. Visitors should be on the lookout for these bears when they set out on Machu Picchu travel.

During your two days at Machu Picchu, you may arrange to visit the Inkaterra Machu Picchu Spectacled Bear Project, managed by our hotel and the Peruvian National Institute of Natural Resources (INRENA). The project aims to recover bears that have been negatively affected by human impact, and reintroduce them into their natural habitat. Once common throughout the Andes, the spectacled bear is now critically endangered. Visits to the project are organized with advanced coordination to gain insight into the world of these large mammals, and learn about the challenges they face to survive in today's world.

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