Machu Picchu

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Machu Picchu featuring mist or fog and a ruin

The sacred Inca city, built high in the Andes and hidden for centuries, is now one of Peru’s most spectacular and popular tourist destinations.

Machu Picchu is a terraced citadel with remains of temples, palaces, fountain and altars. The fabled “Lost City of the Incas” is thought to have been constructed by the Incas around 1450 and is an architectural marvel.

The citadel sits 7,970 feet (2,430 meters) above sea level in the Sacred Valley northwest of Cusco. It remains a mystery what purpose Machu Picchu served and why it was abandoned. In the centuries that followed its abandonment, the jungle hid the isolated city from sight until it was uncovered in 1911.

Walk up to the Guardhouse and Funeral Rock to get the full overview of the mystical city with its comical free-roaming llamas. Visit the semicircular Temple of the Sun, the Palace of the Princess and the Temple of the Three Windows. Don’t miss the Intihuatana, a carved stone marking the winter solstice.

Due to the thin air and humidity, it is a good idea to pace yourself as you explore the sacred buildings. Notice how, without the aid of advanced tools, the Incas cut and stacked the huge stone blocks to fit precisely.

Make sure to plan ahead to visit the world-famous city in the sky, as there is only a limited amount of visitors allowed on-site and getting there takes 3 to 4 hours. Take the train to Aguas Calientes from Poroy, a small village near Cusco, or from Ollantaytambo further down the line. The luxury option is to take a one-day package tour from Cusco with a guide. Purchase your Machu Picchu entrance ticket in Aguas Calientes before you take the bus or hike up the mountain. If you also want to climb Huayna Picchu and Machu Picchu Mountain, book special tickets through the government website for Machu Picchu. Students receive a discount.

Bring lunch, water and an information booklet, as there are few facilities on the mountain. Aim to arrive just before sunrise to see Machu Picchu lit in full glory.

Inti Punku MachuPicchu Hotel & Suites
Inti Punku MachuPicchu Hotel & Suites
3.5 out of 5
Calle Kori Wakanki 209, Urbanización Las Orquídeas, Machu Picchu
The price is S$96 per night from 1 Jan to 1 Jan
Excludes taxes & fees
Located in the heart of Machu Picchu, this hotel is within a 10-minute walk of Historic Sanctuary of Machu Picchu and Aguas Calientes Hot Springs. Cerro Machupicchu ...
3.8/5 Good! (77 reviews)
"The suite has an amazing view of the mountains from the balcony, literally right in front of you."

Reviewed on 16 Nov,2021

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Sanctuary Lodge, A Belmond Hotel, Machu Picchu
Sanctuary Lodge, A Belmond Hotel, Machu Picchu
5 out of 5
Carretera Hiram Bingham Km 7.5, Machu Picchu, Cusco
The price is S$1,260 per night from 7 Dec to 7 Dec
Excludes taxes & fees
Situated in a national park, this luxury hotel is 0.1 mi (0.1 km) from Historic Sanctuary of Machu Picchu and 2.4 mi (3.9 km) from Aguas Calientes Hot Springs. ...
4.5/5 Wonderful! (271 reviews)
Go so you can be first into Machu in the morning
"It’s nice but there are very few amenities. The reason to stay here is to have early and easy access to Machu Picchu. It’s very comfortable and the food is great. The Pisco class was fun."

Reviewed on 9 Jul,2021

Sanctuary Lodge, A Belmond Hotel, Machu Picchu
Tierra Viva Machu Picchu
Tierra Viva Machu Picchu
3.5 out of 5
Av. Hermanos Ayar 401, Machu Picchu, Cusco
The price is S$196 per night from 1 Jan to 1 Jan
Excludes taxes & fees
Situated on the riverfront, this hotel is within a 15-minute walk of Historic Sanctuary of Machu Picchu and Aguas Calientes Hot Springs. District Municipality ...
4.5/5 Wonderful! (788 reviews)
"Wonderful stay. Staff was excellent"

Reviewed on 30 Nov,2021

Tierra Viva Machu Picchu
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casa del viajero Ollantaytambo
casa del viajero Ollantaytambo
3 out of 5
Carr Pumamarca Choquebamba, Ollantaytambo, Cusco
The price is S$89 per night from 7 Dec to 7 Dec
Excludes taxes & fees
Situated in Ollantaytambo, this holiday home is within a 15-minute walk of Cerro Pinculluna and Plaza de Armas. Ollantaytambo Archaeological Site and Pinkuylluna ...
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Wayqey Lodge
Wayqey Lodge
3 out of 5
Quinta Venecia, Larespampa s/n, Urubamba, Cusco
The price is S$133 per night from 7 Dec to 7 Dec
Excludes taxes & fees
Situated in Urubamba, this aparthotel is within 1 mile (2 km) of Santuario del Senor de Torrechayoc, Iglesia de Urubamba and Plaza de Armas. Estadio de Urubamba ...
3.9/5 Very Good! (23 reviews)
A VERY NEGATIVE EXPERIENCE.
"Awful-there was no road access to the building-had to walk each day with luggage to the hotel from a distant adjacent road for 10plus minutes.COULD NOT BELIEVE IT.Contacted hotel.com immediately-Nothing was resolved to our satisfaction-A REAL let down from HOTEL.COM.To top it off, there was no hot ..."

Reviewed on 15 Sep,2019

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Casa de Campo Inkarumis-House
Casa de Campo Inkarumis-House
2.5 out of 5
Yanahuara s/n, Urubamba, Urubamba Province
The price is S$398 per night from 2 Jan to 2 Jan
Excludes taxes & fees
Situated in Urubamba, this holiday home is within 6 miles (10 km) of Cerro Ajojasa, Plaza de Armas and Santuario del Senor de Torrechayoc. Iglesia de Urubamba ...
Casa de Campo Inkarumis-House
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