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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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  • A unique experience. The power of place feels. In addition to the Citadel you can climb the mountain machuca picchu, it is very tiring. But it is worth it
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  • Of course, one must visit Machu Pichu at least once in one's life. It is amazing. However, there are a few things that would have been "nice to know". I flew into Cusco and wasn't expecting to feel al...  more »
  • SPECTACULAR! There are no photo that can enclose the majestic on this site. I suggest not upload as early as most do. It is better to raise start up between 7 and 8 in the morning, if you do walk will take you one hour reach the top, when you arrive you will know that it was worth. To arrive at and leave from Aguas Calientes we combine media. Arrived by road from Cuzco to the hydroelectric and from there to foot by the via of the train. Leave Aguas Calientes we take the train (wonderful) Inca Rail service. All this, even without taking into account Machu Picchu is on another level) was worth it!
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