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Machu Picchu, Machu Picchu

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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.
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  • Machu Picchu is one of the wonders of the world, there is nothing more what to say. There are tourists from all over the world. Some recommendations: from Cusco going to Ollantaytambo and there take the train going to aguas calientes. It is a small town which is situated at the foot is Machu Picchu. This town is nice, modern and only there are hotels and restaurants. Buses to Machu Picchu leave from 5:30 am. The service costs $24 roundtrip. The rise is about 20 minutes by bus, some take only ida and down walking, others do both on foot. At this time sometimes it rains and l same geography often have fog. There are tourists who climb very early and fail to appreciate much by fog. The best thing is to go at 9 am, listen to the guide until noon and then stroll taking pictures. At 1 pm it is already completely clear and the views are breathtaking. It can rain, so you have to be prepared. We spent a few incredible days!
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  • I went up to the ruins of Van, very expensive, with time left to go on foot. 1 HR and 30 m. Arriving at the entrance to the Park I climbed nonstop until the last move in the straight. I read that is different to admire ruins from afar, empty of people. And it is very singular even worth that reflection staring at this mystery. I went back to the entrance of the mountain Machu Picchu tour. Went 7:46. Despite being all the way in. Is a mountain of difficult level. If climbs 1 km in height, in distance is much more. When 70% of the atingue distance, the stairs are more uphill (standing) is exhausting, it's languishing. I went up early and there were many clouds. I could only see something really only at the top, it was an incentive to rise up to the end. Who went up later saw heaven opened and complied at first sight of the ruins. When I got to the top I had to wait almost 1 hour for small clouds off the front of the lost city. Thanks a lot, because after this ascent imennnnnnsa, be resting at the top 1:00 ain't bad. If you are healthy you can visit the ruins with the tour of the mountain Machu Picchu, will enhance your trip. The trail has only one path, no derivations is impossible to lose. Getting to the top is a victory, taking the photo plate written 3,000 meters will be your trophy. I returned the ruins around 11 a. m. Long enough until the Aguas Calientes that programmed for 2, if you are in a tab group. Worth and stay cheap dividing. They give a dramatic air explanations, is very striking. On output, has a self service stamp for you perpetuate Machu Picchu on your pass, verify that you have a line or dirt in the stamp can ruin your design. Test on a sheet any if possible. I witnessed many smudged stamps or very flawed in the hasty and unsuspecting visitors.
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  • I have only one word to define this place. MAGICIAN! If possible, go without a rush in the morning and do a guided tour worth!
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