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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 place that leaves you speechless. While it is often packed with people, you can walk its terraces, temples, etc.
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  • We went to Machu Picchu by taking the train to Aguascalientes and taking the bus from town to the site. The bus ride is an experience of its own! Fantastic views...we arrived at the site and had a pri...  more »
  • After travelling hundreds of kilometres by land and air from my country, Colombia, we finally arrived. And although I was a bit tired because we got walking from Aguas Calientes, when I saw the city I felt that every step that we justified the chance to see these beautiful ruins. The emotion that I felt to see the Citadel, I can't describe it, was an absolute joy, I felt fortunate to be able to visit it and I imagined the people that inhabited it living in their daily lives. It beautiful of the ruins is sum to the of its majestic mountains, that serve of backdrop of Fund for so wonderful view. Definitely beautiful!
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