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  • Address: Peru
  • Hours: Open daily 6am - 6pm
  • Admission: Adults: 122 Nuevos Soles

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Machu Picchu

The holy grail for lovers of Inca monuments, the enigmatic lost city of Machu Picchu is the most famous archaeological site in all of South America.

The spectacular collection of temples, terraced hills and plazas was the mountain-top citadel of the Inca under Pachacutec and Tupac Yupanqui, until the coming of the Europeans with Pizarro.

It may have the most familiar name, but Machu Picchu has refused to reveal many of its mysteries, including the secrets of its construction, function and demise. The overgrown ruins were discovered by US historian Hiram Bingham in 1911, and the quality of the stonework hints that it was an extremely important ceremonial site.

The remains are thought to date from around 1450, built at the height of the Inca Empire, and as they escaped being plundered by the Spanish they include semi-intact icons and shrines that were defaced or removed at other sites.

Entering the site, a set of steps leads to the ruined Temple of the Sun and a series of altars and niches. Highlights include the remains of ceremonial baths, the Sacred Plaza with its tremendous view across the Urubamba River valley, a rare shrine to the sun, and a labyrinth of passageways and cells.

One of the best ways to visit Machu Picchu is on an all-inclusive Day Trip from Cusco, with scenic rail transport, entry and informative guide included.

Practical Info

Machu Picchu is a 20-minute bus trip from the service town of Aguas Calientes, following a tortuously twisting mountain road. To catch the sun rise, time your visit to arrive at Machu Picchu around 7am.

Buses leave Aguas Calientes every 10 or so minutes from 5:20am, and the last bus back to Aguas Calientes leaves at 5:30pm. Remember to buy your entry ticket to Machu Picchu before you head off - tickets aren’t sold at the site, only at the Machu Picchu Cultural Center in Aguas Calientes.

Machu Picchu can also be reached by the legendary four-day Inca Trail, following a majestic route across mountains and valleys. A scenic alternative to the Inca Trail would be the Salkantay trek.

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Machu Picchu Entrance with Lunch at Tinkuy Buffet Restaurant, Sacred Valley, null
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Machu Picchu Entrance with Lunch at Tinkuy Buffet Restaurant

Enhance your experience at the Machu Picchu Citadel by delighting yourself with a novoandean-international Buffet lunch at the Tinkuy Buffet Restaurant of ...  Read more

Location: Aguas Calientes, Peru
Duration: Flexible

From USD $147.00
Machu Picchu Day Trip from Cusco, Cusco, Dining Experiences
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Machu Picchu Day Trip from Cusco

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Take an all-inclusive day trip to breathtaking Machu Picchu from Cusco. Visit the world-famous Incan ruins and learn about the city, its history and the people ...  Read more

Location: Cusco, Peru
Duration: 14 hours (approx.)

From USD $353.00
Machu Picchu Tour from Cusco, Cusco, Day Trips
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Machu Picchu Tour from Cusco

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Enjoy a full-day tour to Machu Picchu from Cusco and learn all about this magical archaeological site. You'll take the train there and be accompanied by a ...  Read more

Location: Cusco, Peru
Duration: Flexible

From USD $295.00
Machu Picchu Day Tour, Cusco, Archaeology Tours
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Machu Picchu Day Tour

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Machu Picchu is known as the Lost City of the Incas and on this tour you'll get to enjoy this place alone or with your family. Learn all about the culture of ...  Read more

Location: Cusco, Peru
Duration: Flexible

From USD $290.00
Full Day Tour to Machu Picchu from Cusco, Cusco, Day Trips
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Full Day Tour to Machu Picchu from Cusco

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See the historical site of Machu Picchu in one day. If you only want to visit the absolute highlights of Peru, than this is the way to go.

Location: Cusco, Peru
Duration: 1 day (approx.)

From USD $310.00
Hiram Bingham Luxury Train to Machu Picchu, Cusco, Cultural Tours
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Hiram Bingham Luxury Train to Machu Picchu

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Experience first-class transport and dining all the way to Machu Picchu and back aboard the Belmond Hiram Bingham train, equipped with classic 1920s Pullman ...  Read more

Location: Cusco, Peru
Duration: 13 hours (approx.)

From USD $949.99
Full Day Tour of Macchu Picchu on the Vistadome Train, Cusco, Day Trips
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Full Day Tour of Macchu Picchu on the Vistadome Train

Enjoy a day trip to Macchu Picchu, one of the wonders of the world and one of the best-known archaeological sites on the continent. This awe-inspiring ancient ...  Read more

Location: Cusco, Peru
Duration: Flexible

From USD $399.00
Macchu Picchu Full Day Tour in Executive Class Train with Lunch, Cusco, Full-day Tours
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Macchu Picchu Full Day Tour in Executive Class Train with Lunch

Get yourself ready for the day trip to One of the Wonders of The World, the spectacular location, is best-known for the ancient archaeological site on the ...  Read more

Location: Cusco, Peru
Duration: Flexible

From USD $379.00
Machu Picchu Private Guided Tour from Aguas Calientes, Sacred Valley, Day Trips
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Machu Picchu Private Guided Tour from Aguas Calientes

Machu Picchu, one of the new 7 Seven Wonders of the World shows you the enigmatic Inca citadel and its history. If you have already bought your train tickets, ...  Read more

Location: Aguas Calientes, Peru
Duration: 3 hours 27 minutes (approx.)

From USD $115.00
Day Trip to Machu Picchu, Cusco, Private Sightseeing Tours
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Day Trip to Machu Picchu

Visit Machu Picchu, the lost city of the Incas, which looks splendid and is awaiting for new visitors and you will be one of them! Join us in this unique and ...  Read more

Location: Cusco, Peru
Duration: Flexible

From USD $306.00

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