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Machu PicchuPeru

The sacred Inca city, built high in the Andes and hidden for centuries, is now one of Peru’s most spectacular and popular tourist destinations. 

Machu Picchu is a terraced citadel with remains of temples, palaces, fountain and altars. The fabled “Lost City of the Incas” is thought to have been constructed by the Incas around 1450 and is an architectural marvel.

The citadel sits 7,970 feet (2,430 meters) above sea level in the Sacred Valley northwest of Cusco. It remains a mystery what purpose Machu Picchu served and why it was abandoned. In the centuries that followed its abandonment, the jungle hid the isolated city from sight until it was uncovered in 1911.

Walk up to the Guardhouse and Funeral Rock to get the full overview of the mystical city with its comical free-roaming llamas. Visit the semicircular Temple of the Sun, the Palace of the Princess and the Temple of the Three Windows. Don’t miss the Intihuatana, a carved stone marking the winter solstice.

Due to the thin air and humidity, it is a good idea to pace yourself as you explore the sacred buildings. Notice how, without the aid of advanced tools, the Incas cut and stacked the huge stone blocks to fit precisely.

Make sure to plan ahead to visit the world-famous city in the sky, as there is only a limited amount of visitors allowed on-site and getting there takes 3 to 4 hours. Take the train to Aguas Calientes from Poroy, a small village near Cusco, or from Ollantaytambo further down the line. The luxury option is to take a one-day package tour from Cusco with a guide. Purchase your Machu Picchu entrance ticket in Aguas Calientes before you take the bus or hike up the mountain. If you also want to climb Huayna Picchu and Machu Picchu Mountain, book special tickets through the government website for Machu Picchu. Students receive a discount.

Bring lunch, water and an information booklet, as there are few facilities on the mountain. Aim to arrive just before sunrise to see Machu Picchu lit in full glory.

Top Hotels in Machu Picchu

Gringo Bill's Boutique Hotel
Gringo Bill's Boutique Hotel
3 out of 5
Jiron Colla Raymi 104, Machu Picchu, Cusco

Situated in the historical district, this hotel is within a 10-minute walk of Historic Sanctuary of Machu Picchu and Aguas Calientes Hot Springs. Huayna Picchu ...

4/5Very Good! (290 reviews)

"The Hotel is great but I have low scores because of construction going on. I know they are improving. The rooms are very nice thou and the staff friendly. The one thing nice is they give you your first night a free dinner, which was a 3 course meal. I went back and ate the same thing because it was ..."…"

Reviewed on Mar. 12, 2020

Gringo Bill's Boutique Hotel
Taypikala Boutique Machupicchu
Taypikala Boutique Machupicchu
4 out of 5
Av. Pachacutec #808, Machu Picchu, Cusco

Located in the heart of Machu Picchu, this romantic hotel is within a 10-minute walk of Historic Sanctuary of Machu Picchu and Aguas Calientes Hot Springs. Huayna ...

4.1/5Very Good! (655 reviews)

"Really nice place to relax in, and walkable to everywhere!"…"

Reviewed on Mar. 1, 2020

Taypikala Boutique Machupicchu
El MaPi Hotel by Inkaterra
El MaPi Hotel by Inkaterra
4 out of 5
109 Pachacutec Ave, Machu Picchu, Cusco

Located in the heart of Machu Picchu, this hotel is within a 10-minute walk of Historic Sanctuary of Machu Picchu and Aguas Calientes Hot Springs. Huayna Picchu ...

4.3/5Excellent! (73 reviews)

"We had a great stay. The room was comfortable & quiet. The food was good. We enjoyed everything except one small thing.The bathroom drains smelled. Keeping the bathroom door closed took care of this."…"

Reviewed on Jan. 6, 2020

El MaPi Hotel by Inkaterra
Lowest nightly price found within the past 24 hours based on a 1 night stay for 2 adults. Prices and availability subject to change. Additional terms may apply.

Vacation Rentals in Machu Picchu

White House Machupicchu
White House Machupicchu
706 Ave Pachacutec, 0, Machu Picchu, Cusco (region)

Situated on the riverfront, this historic aparthotel is within a 10-minute walk of Historic Sanctuary of Machu Picchu and Aguas Calientes Hot Springs. Huayna ...

White House Machupicchu
White House Machupicchu
White House Machupicchu
Machu Picchu, Cusco (region)

Situated in Machu Picchu, this aparthotel is within a 10-minute walk of Historic Sanctuary of Machu Picchu and Aguas Calientes Hot Springs. Huayna Picchu is ...

White House Machupicchu
Pablos House In Machu Picchu Double Room
Pablos House In Machu Picchu Double Room
Machu Picchu, Cusco (region)

Situated in Machu Picchu, this apartment building is within a 15-minute walk of Historic Sanctuary of Machu Picchu and Huayna Picchu. Aguas Calientes Hot Springs ...

Pablos House In Machu Picchu Double Room
Lowest nightly price found within the past 24 hours based on a 1 night stay for 2 adults. Prices and availability subject to change. Additional terms may apply.

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Reviews of Machu Picchu

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5/5 - Excellent

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Mar 5, 2020

Incredible experience. Every part of the area is magic. Agua caliente is an incredible town. Machu picchu was well worth the trip.

5/5 - Excellent

NMJK

Feb 22, 2020

A remarkable experience. Everyone should experience the beauty and history of this ancient Incan ruin at least once in their lifetime. Unforgettable!

5/5 - Excellent

Verified traveller

Oct 24, 2019

If you’re not in a rush there is a local market that is tucked away above bus departure point for Machu Picchu and tasty local food eaten for 10 sols. The local waterfalls on upper part of town is quiet moderate challenge hike and beautiful(10 sols)

5/5 - Excellent

Verified traveller

Sep 30, 2019

A one in a lifetime experience. It was a hard trip for someone like me, a senior, but it is totally worth it. A must see.

5/5 - Excellent

Verified traveller

Jun 18, 2019

Life changing experience...so thankful

4/5 - Good

Verified traveller

May 27, 2019

The town is little more than a tourist resort, with not much local life. But totally worth it for the spectacular scenery and access to the Machu Picchu site, which is breathtaking.

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