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Travel Home > Directory > Destinations > South America > Peru > Machu Picchu


Currency Nuevo Sol (PEN). Language Spanish. Time Zone GMT - 5 hours. Best Time to go High season May - Oct. Low season Nov - Apr. The stunning ruins of the ancient Inca civilisation are an unmissible experience for those visiting Cusco or surrounding areas. The ruins themselves, thought to have been built around 1460, are still to this day shrouded in mystery. The actual purpose of the site is still disputed amongst archaeologists and historians. Contstructed 'stone to stone' with no cement or mortar to hold them together, the structure which consists of 172 enclosures and 109 staircases, was discovered by archaeologist Hiram Bingham in 1911. Peru's most visited tourist attraction has caused it's fair share of controversy. The skies above are a 'no-fly' zone and there are calls for the number of visitors to be more tightly controlled amid fears of damage to the sacred site. For those tourists not wishing to partake in the famous Inca trail hike (approx 4 days), there is a train from Cusco to the nearby town of Aguas Calientes which offers several hotels and restaurants. Tickets for Machu Picchu are available in the town and shuttle buses depart from very early in the morning to the site and return every 15 mins until 1730. It is also possible to walk to and from Machu Picchu from the town, roughly 6km.


Machu Picchu Hotels Travel Accommodation and Tourism in Peru

Machu Picchu Hotels Reservation including Sanctuary Lodge Inkaterra Machu Picchu Hatuchay Towers Hotel Hostal El Santuario Machu Picchu Travel Tourism and Trips.

Machu Picchu Hotels Travel and Tourism in Peru (Photo: Ian Paterson)

Sanctuary Lodge Machu Picchu Peru

The Machu Picchu Sanctuary Lodge with 31 rooms is located right on top of the mountain, a couple of seconds from the Machu Picchu citadel (often referred as the Lost City of the Incas), and enjoys a prime position within the Sanctuary.

Sanctuary Lodge Machu Picchu with stunning views of the Peruvian Andes

Machu Picchu - wikitravel

Machu Picchu is the site of the ruins of an ancient Inca city. It is near Cuzco, in Peru, and was discovered in the early 20th century. This is one of the most spectacular sets of ruins in the world; a visit to Peru would not be complete without seeing it.

Hiram Bingham III - wikipedia

Hiram Bingham, formally Hiram Bingham III, (November 19, 1875 – June 6, 1956) was an American academic, explorer and politician. He rediscovered the Inca settlement of Machu Picchu in 1911. Later, Bingham served as a member of the United States Senate.

Historic Sanctuary of Machu Picchu - UNESCO World Heritage Centre

Machu Picchu stands 2,430 m above sea-level, in the middle of a tropical mountain forest, in an extraordinarily beautiful setting. It was probably the most amazing urban creation of the Inca Empire at its height.

Machu Picchu - Virtual Tour

Welcome to the mysterious ruins of Machu Picchu, Peru. Prepare yourself as you are about to embark on a virtual tour exploring one of the most intriguing destinations on the planet.

Machu Picchu - wikipedia

Machu Picchu (Quechua: Machu Pikchu, "Old Peak"; is a pre-Columbian Inca site located 2,400 meters (7,875 ft) above sea level. It is situated on a mountain ridge above the Urubamba Valley in Peru, which is 80 km (50 mi) northwest of Cuzco and through which the Urubamba River flows. The river is a partially navigable headwater of the Amazon River. Often referred to as "The Lost City of the Incas", Machu Picchu is one of the most familiar symbols of the Inca Empire.


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