Trip Planner South America  /  Peru  /  Cusco Region  /  Sacred Valley  /  Machu Picchu  /  Historic Sites  /  Machu Picchu

Machu Picchu, Machu Picchu

Categories: Ruins, Historic Sites, Tourist Spots
Inspirock Rating:
4.8/5 based on 12,000+ reviews on the web
Explore the ruins of Machu Picchu, a 15th-century Incan community perched 2,430 m (7,970 ft) above sea level, on a mountain ridge overlooking the Sacred Valley. The partially restored site, built in the typical Incan style of polished dry-stone walls, spreads across multiple man-made terraces. Climb the path that extends above the complex to view the tiered ruins from above, and enjoy commanding views of the spectacular scenery that surrounds it. Built around 1450, possibly as an estate for the Incan emperor Pachacuti, the site was abandoned only a century later during the Spanish conquest. Incredibly, the Spanish conquistadors never learned of the site's existence, and it remained unknown to the wider world until 1911. In 2007, an online poll voted the now renowned site one of the New Seven Wonders of the World. Make Machu Picchu part of your personalized Machu Picchu itinerary using our Machu Picchu travel itinerary planner.
Create a full itinerary - for free!
going to
read all reviews »
  • The visit to the Citadel of Machu Pichu is without a doubt an unforgettable experience and definitely a must-see it is best to arrive early and be Petting by the rays of the rising sun, which is removing the cold of the morning anyway it is advisable to have the services of guides who highly educated answer all questions.
    show original
  • Wonderful experience. The place is beautiful. Impossible not to be involved, it seems magical. Just can't forget to bring insect repellent and plenty of water.
    show original
  • If you want to go there someday and should go away soon. Some places are coming down in acid rain. Prior to a few days staying in Cusco is enjoyable body to acclimatize in the Highlands. Because the store does not have enough food in fancy restaurants with buffet? It is very delicious. But do not put the ice! The stomach breaks.
    show original
  • This UNESCO World Heritage site has a limited number of allowed visitors per day in order to preserve the fragile ruins. Please plan in advance and get a good guide and you won't be disappointed
  • Fantastic archaeological site. It can be a zoo though. If you don't need to be there by sunrise (and start queueing for the bus at 4am), try going around 9am and the bus queue is mostly gone. Machu Picchu will still be extremely crowded, but by lunchtime it starts getting less and by 3pm you are practically on your own, which is amazing!
  • This is the very very natural and historical and beautiful place the Machu Picchu was declared a Peruvian Historical Sanctuary in 1981 and UNESCO World Heritage Site in 1983. In 2007, Machu Picchu was voted one of the New Seven Wonders of the World. 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; its giant walls, terraces and ramps seem as if they have been cut naturally in the continuous rock escarpments. The natural setting, on the eastern slopes of the Andes, encompasses the upper Amazon basin with its rich diversity of flora and fauna.
  • Such beautiful views of the ruins and the surrounding mountains. Get there early so that you aren't rushed. The hike from Machu Picchu Pueblo to the entrance took about 1.5 hours and the hike up Montana Machu Picchu took me an hour, but many other people needed 1.5-2 hours. It's mainly stairs, but can get step, so it's exhausting!
  • Amazing place, if you're afraid of walking, don't be you can take the bus up and it's only a minute walk to Machu Picchu. From there you can decide how far you have to go. For a big guy I had a great time and not stressful at all. You can place bags in storage for 3 sol
Nearby Attractions
Visit for 4​h
Visit for 3​h 30​m
Visit for 1​h 30​m
Visit for 3​h
Visit for 1​h 30​m
Visit for 3​h 30​m