Discovering The 7th Wonder Of The World Machu Picchu

Most Popular Activities for Planning the Perfect Trip to Machu Picchu

Machu Picchu is an amazing archaeological site that has been drawing explorers and tourists from all over the world for centuries. From its breathtaking views to its mysterious past, Machu Picchu is an incredible place to explore.

Machu Picchu is located on a mountain ridge, 7,000 feet above sea level, and overlooks the Urubamba River. It is comprised of various structures, including temples, palaces, plazas, terraces, and baths, all made of stone.

The structures are characterized by precise stone cutting and fitting, without the use of mortar. The site also features advanced agricultural terraces and water systems.

Machu Picchu can be reached by train from Cusco or by hiking the Inca Trail. Visitors are advised to plan ahead, as only a limited number of visitors are allowed each day.

There are many popular activities to enjoy when visiting Machu Picchu. One of the most popular is exploring the main temple, which is one of the largest and most impressive structures at the site. Another must-see is the Intihuatana Stone, a unique artifact believed to have been used for astronomical observations. The Temple of the Sun is another popular attraction, dedicated to the sun god Inti and located in one of the highest points of Machu Picchu.

When visiting Machu Picchu, here are some of the top attractions and sights to see:

  • The Main Temple: This is one of the largest and most impressive structures at Machu Picchu.
  • Intihuatana Stone: This unique stone is a sacred Inca artifact, thought to have been used for astronomical observations.
  • Temple of the Sun: This temple was dedicated to the sun god, Inti, and is located in one of the highest points of Machu Picchu.
  • The Sacred Plaza: This large open space is thought to have been used for religious ceremonies and is surrounded by several important structures.
  • The Guard House: This building was used to guard the entrance to Machu Picchu and provides excellent views of the surrounding mountains.
  • The Royal Palace: This large structure was likely used by the Inca ruler and is located in a prime spot with stunning views.
  • Agricultural Terraces: These intricate systems of terraces were used for agriculture and helped the Incas to farm on the steep slopes of Machu Picchu.
  • The Residential Areas: Explore the various neighborhoods of Machu Picchu to get a sense of how the ancient Inca people lived.
  • The Huayna Picchu: This steep mountain peak provides challenging and breathtaking views of Machu Picchu and the surrounding landscape.
  • The Machu Picchu Mountain: For a more relaxed and leisurely experience, take a walk up the Machu Picchu Mountain for sweeping panoramic views.

NOTE: Visitors are advised to plan ahead, as only a limited number of visitors are allowed each day to Machu Picchu. Hiking the Inca Trail requires physical preparation, so plan accordingly, and visitors should be prepared for the high altitude and bring appropriate clothing and gear.

    The area surrounding Machu Picchu offers a wealth of travel experiences, here are some of them:

    • Hiking the Inca Trail: This classic trek is a must-do for any adventure-seeking traveler, leading you through stunning mountain scenery to the lost city of the Incas.

    • Climbing to Huayna Picchu: Take a challenging hike up to the peak of Huayna Picchu, offering stunning panoramic views of Machu Picchu and the surrounding landscape.

    • Andean Mountain Trekking: Discover the rugged beauty of the Andes with various trekking opportunities in the nearby mountains.

    • Aguas Calientes Hot Springs: Rejuvenate in the warm and relaxing waters of these natural hot springs, surrounded by tropical scenery.

    • Traditional Andean Cuisine: Savor the unique flavors and ingredients of the region's cuisine, heavily influenced by its Inca heritage.

    • Andean Ceremonies: Participate in the ancient spiritual traditions of the region by attending traditional Andean ceremonies or shamanic rituals.

    • Wandering through the Mandor Valley: Take the natural beauty of the region on foot, enjoying scenic hikes through the jungle or taking a leisurely stroll along the riverbank. The valley is also home to a variety of wildlife, including exotic bird species and monkeys, making it a great destination for bird-watching and wildlife viewing.
    • Observing Orchids and Bears: The Inkaterra Machu Picchu Pueblo Hotel, located near the famous Machu Picchu ruins, offers visitors a chance to explore the beauty of the surrounding region. One of the highlights of a stay at this hotel is the opportunity to spy on a variety of exotic flora and fauna, including vibrant orchids and majestic Andean bears.

    Non Inclusive: ~$350 — $395 — Does not include Huayna Picchu or the Mountain hike.
    All Inclusive: ~$410 — $450 — Does include Huayna Picchu or the Mountain hike.

    IMPORTANT: You’ll need the Machu Picchu ticket to enter the 7th wonder, which you have to buy in advance (~$45), to climb Huayna Picchu (+$20) . Consetur bus to the citadel (~24).

    Machu Picchu - 7th Wonder
    Huayna Picchu - Ruins Site
    Montana - Attraction Site

    Inka Trail - Hiking Site
    Aguas Calientes - Hot Spring Site
    Mandor Valley - Attraction site

    How long should you stay in Machu Picchu?

    A typical Machu Picchu visit takes 2 days. The first day is for the hike to Machu Picchu and the second day is for exploring the ruins. However, some people may choose to do it in just one day, or stay longer to also visit other nearby attractions. The length of your visit depends on your personal schedule, interests, and physical abilities.

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