Machu Picchu, Peru – A Time Travel Experience
Ranked #1 in Peru Tourism
Machu Picchu is one of Peru’s top attractions. You’ll feel like you went back in time and lost yourself in a history so ancient yet so civilized, it makes you wonder about the present and where we’re going as a society. It’s a 15th century Incan site in Peru, but don’t be fooled into thinking it’s rural. Machu Picchu is one of the wonders of the world. Check out other wonders of the world.
About Machu Picchu, Peru
This breathtaking location has some of the most complex architecture. They had no electricity or machinery, for that matter, yet constructed a whole city way up in the Huayna Picchu and Machu Picchu mountains. The altitude is 7,970 feet (2,430 meters) above sea level, adding to the magnificence of the view and the near impossibility of the city’s construction. You can see the Urubamba River all the way from up here.
Climbing Machu Picchu, Peru
Climbing Machu Picchu is hiking your way up the Inca trail and this would approximately take about 4 days. It is advisable to go with a guide organized by a tour agency. Reservations with the agency should be made way in advance before your travel to Machu Picchu, at least 2 weeks in advance. The agency will take care of getting trek permits for all the trekkers. Make sure to check with the agency on the date of your hike as there is a limit on how many people can hike the mountain a day.
Machu Picchu has a very magical ambience. The views are scenic, sheer, dangerous and thrilling. Being one of the most famous archaeological sites in the world today is no small merit. Spread across 80,000 acres is no mean feat either. (Credit)
This veritable mountain citadel will give you reasons to snap away at your camera while your eyes blink double time. The terraced fields once used to grow potatoes and maize look like they were abandoned only a few weeks ago. The city has a rich royal and religious heritage. The bus trips to and from the ruins are a bit expensive, but if you choose to walk—which is free—you’ll see some cool sights during your 4-day or 2-day trek, depending on where you start. You will also spot Llama, which is a South American animal that resembles the camel.
Machu Picchu Tours
The site is extremely well preserved, so don’t look for info at the ruins. There’s the Museo de Sitio Manuel Chávez Ballón. For an $8 entry fee you’re sure to learn a lot. Look for this museum at the base of Machu Picchu, about 30kms from Aguas Calientes. This town is the best choice for accommodations before your get to the ancient city the next day.
The best place to start your trip is from the city of Cusco, the historic Incan capital. Whereas getting from Cusco to Aguas Calientes by train is the popular choice, try the adventurous route where you get to the Incan capital via Santa Teresa. Buy your tickets in advance, plan your transportation budget and you’re all set.
Machu Picchu will take you back to a place you never knew you could have felt let alone believed in.