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Machu Picchu

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.


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Terrazas del Inca Bed and Breakfast

Terrazas del Inca Bed and Breakfast

Calle Wiracocha M-18-4, Urubamba, Machu Picchu
4.0
of 5, from 135 reviews
3.0 out of 5.0

Situated in Machu Picchu, this bed & breakfast is 0.1 mi (0.1 km) from Aguas Calientes Hot Springs and 1.8 mi (2.9 km) from Manuel Chavez Ballon Site Museum. Machu Picchu and Huayna Picchu are also within 6 mi (10 km).

Hatun Samay

Hatun Samay

Calle Kori Wakanki 401 Las Orquideas, Machu Picchu
3.5
of 5, from 37 reviews
3.0 out of 5.0

Situated in the mountains, this hotel is 0.2 mi (0.4 km) from Aguas Calientes Hot Springs and 1.7 mi (2.8 km) from Manuel Chavez Ballon Site Museum. Machu Picchu and Huayna Picchu are also within 6 mi (10 km).

£71
Taypikala Boutique Machupicchu

Taypikala Boutique Machupicchu

Av. Pachacutec #808, Machu Picchu
3.8
of 5, from 130 reviews
4.0 out of 5.0

Situated in Machu Picchu, this romantic hotel is 0.1 mi (0.2 km) from Aguas Calientes Hot Springs and 1.7 mi (2.8 km) from Manuel Chavez Ballon Site Museum. Machu Picchu and Huayna Picchu are also within 6 mi (10 km).

£48
Gran Paititi Hostal

Gran Paititi Hostal

Calle Chaska Tika C-5, Machu Picchu
3.0
of 5, from 4 reviews
2.5 out of 5.0

Situated in Machu Picchu, this hostal is 0.4 mi (0.6 km) from Aguas Calientes Hot Springs and 1.9 mi (3 km) from Manuel Chavez Ballon Site Museum. Machu Picchu and Huayna Picchu are also within 6 mi (10 km).

£88
Tierra Viva Machu Picchu

Tierra Viva Machu Picchu

Av. Hermanos Ayar 401, Machu Picchu
4.4
of 5, from 198 reviews
3.5 out of 5.0

Situated on a river, this hotel is 0.4 mi (0.6 km) from Aguas Calientes Hot Springs and 1.5 mi (2.4 km) from Manuel Chavez Ballon Site Museum. Machu Picchu and Huayna Picchu are also within 6 mi (10 km).

£147
Casa Del Sol Machupicchu

Casa Del Sol Machupicchu

608 Imperio De Los Incas Avenue, Machu Picchu
4.2
of 5, from 76 reviews
4.0 out of 5.0

Situated in the historical district, this spa hotel is within 6 mi (10 km) of Aguas Calientes Hot Springs, Machu Picchu, and Manuel Chavez Ballon Site Museum. Huayna Picchu and Temple of the Condor are also within 6 mi (10 km).

£76
Casa Andina Standard Machu Picchu

Casa Andina Standard Machu Picchu

Prolongacion Imperio de los Incas 626, Machu Picchu
4.3
of 5, from 134 reviews
3.0 out of 5.0

Situated on the waterfront, this hotel is 0.3 mi (0.5 km) from Aguas Calientes Hot Springs and 1.7 mi (2.8 km) from Manuel Chavez Ballon Site Museum. Machu Picchu and Huayna Picchu are also within 6 mi (10 km).

£244
Sumaq Machu Picchu Hotel

Sumaq Machu Picchu Hotel

Av. Hermanos Ayar Mz 1 Lote 3, Machu Picchu
4.5
of 5, from 104 reviews
4.0 out of 5.0

Situated on the riverwalk, this spa hotel is 0.4 mi (0.6 km) from Aguas Calientes Hot Springs and 1.4 mi (2.3 km) from Manuel Chavez Ballon Site Museum. Machu Picchu and Huayna Picchu are also within 6 mi (10 km).

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