Santuario Historico de Machu Picchu, Machu Picchu

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Explore the ruins of Santuario Historico de 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. Arrange to visit Santuario Historico de Machu Picchu and other attractions in Machu Picchu using our Machu Picchu trip itinerary builder .
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  • Beautiful place, splendid! History and amazing! Best ride the trip to Peru! For those who like history and culture, be outdoors, take pictures and of llamas must visit this place cute! Super recommend! And I recommend you stay the longest there and enjoy all the rides you can in ciudad de Machu Pichu! Out the food at the restaurant we went. Very good indeed!
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  • You've probably watched a couple of documentaries, seen some pictures and maybe even read a book about this place. None of that comes close to experiencing it in person. I'd been told to look around f...  more »
  • Beyond expectations! Surely you expect to get into one of those electrical "places of our land but our visit (look for the nice weather) was more WONDERFUL than expected! Really here we are at the top! There's nothing to add. PS. I am also well organized.
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