Visit Machu Picchu
Visit Machu Picchu
High up in Peru’s Andes Mountains lies Machu Picchu, the fabled Lost City of the Incas, one of the most spectacular ruined cities in the world and attracting more than a million travellers each year. This is Peru’s stand-out highlight, the top must-see in the country, and can be seen either as a day trip from Aguas Calientes, itself reached by train from Cusco, or by trekking the four-day Inca Trail, one of the world’s greatest hikes.
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Featuring high up on the list of the world’s most impressive sights, Machu Picchu is an ancient Incan city, now mostly in ruins, perched high up in the Andes near Cusco in Peru. It’s without doubt the highlight of a Peru holiday, and is definitely worth the effort required to reach it. Go by train from Cusco, hike in via the Inca Trail or join a group tour and learn more about this fascinating architectural wonder, a World Heritage site.
Did you know?
The ancient Inca city of Machu Picchu, dubbed the Lost City of the Incas, is located 2,430 metres above sea level.
Although known to locals for centuries, Machu Picchu was ‘discovered’ by archaeologist Hiram Bingham in 1911.
Only 2,500 people are allowed to visit Machu Picchu each day, so it’s best to plan your trip well in advance to be sure of space.
Highlights of the complex include the Temple of the Sun and the Sun Gate, which you’ll enter if you arrive via the Inca Trail.
How to get around
Explore on foot
To look around Machu Picchu itself, you’ll have to walk; the complex is far too steeply situated to have any form of transport. But to reach the ruins, you have a number of options, the most famous of which is hiking the Inca Trail, which takes four days and requires a high level of fitness. If you don’t fancy that (or there are no permits available), you can take the train from Cusco to Aguas Calientes, from where you can either hike (very steep!) or take a bus to the top.