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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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  • Make it easy on yourself, Stop researching how to buy an MP entrance ticket. Go directly to AAA to buy your bus ticket, entrance tickets and private guide. I paid $290 for two people. No hassle at bus...  more »
  • Machu Picchu is everything you think it would be and more! It's absolutely incredible. As soon as you get up there and look out into the Andes you feel a peacefulness and awe fall over you. It's safe,...  more »
  • I always had the intention to go. According to Qur'an is a place from which they have to see before you die. And the truth... that exceeded by far! Is mystical, magical, a true jewel of humanity. Unfortunately the way to arrive is difficult, the Government brings a monopoly in peru railtrail and charge you a fortune! The other option which is worth one tenth part is going on buses, but a suicide attack! The landscape is beautiful, but the driver is 120 km on a precipice of 4kms. So if you have a couple of stored dolritos do it by train. I did it on the bus and it was creepy. Either way you get! Go to MACHU PICHU
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  • You have seen pictures of this place but nothing can prepare you for the reality. It is breathtaking. The crowds, though, are something else. Even early in the day it's hard to move around. Get a good guide, wear great hiking boots and sensible clothing, get in shape, and prepare to be blown away.
  • Its better than you imagined. Knock it off of your bucket list already. Just go. Now.
  • Incredible archeological site!!! Once you get to the top it feels unreal. One of the best experiences i ever had. The structures look too perfect to be built 500+ years ago. Bucket list ✔
  • 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!
  • Amazing ruins in an amazing location, well worth the trip. The visit should take roughly 4 hours not including the hike up Machu Picchu mountain or the visit to Huayna Picchu. Bring plenty of water from the town as its very expensive to purchase it at the entrance (8 soles from a vending machine). To avoid paying the extortionate prices for the bus ($24) you can walk up the narrow path with takes an hour and a half from the town itself