Machu Picchu

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Visit Machu Picchu

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.

Top hotels in Machu Picchu

Estimated price for 1 night / 2 adults
Susanna Inn Machu Picchu Hotel
Susanna Inn Machu Picchu Hotel
3 out of 5
Av Imperio de los Incas 642, Machu Picchu
SG$73
per night
20 Dec-21 Dec

Situated on the riverfront, this hotel is within a 10-minute walk of Cerro Machupicchu and Aguas Calientes Hot Springs. Manuel Chavez Ballon Site Museum is 1.7 ...

4.9/5Exceptional! (16 reviews)

"I booked this hotel thinking that maybe it was too good to be true considering the low price for the room. After seeing how the staff went above and beyond and how nice and clean the rooms were, I realized it was an amazing deal! The bed was very comfortable, and the bathroom was nice and clean. ..."…"

Reviewed on 3 Dec,2019

Susanna Inn Machu Picchu Hotel
Belmond Sanctuary Lodge
Belmond Sanctuary Lodge
5 out of 5
Carretera Hiram Bingham Km 7.5, Machu Picchu, Cusco
SG$476
per night
5 Jan-6 Jan

Situated in a national park, this luxury hotel is within 1 mile (2 km) of Temple of the Condor and Huayna Picchu. Historic Sanctuary of Machu Picchu and Puyapatamarca ...

4.5/5Wonderful! (233 reviews)

"Good location and service. Right at bus stop and entrance of Machu Picchu."…"

Reviewed on 3 Dec,2019

Belmond Sanctuary Lodge
Casa Del Sol Machupicchu
Casa Del Sol Machupicchu
4 out of 5
608 Imperio De Los Incas Avenue, Machu Picchu, Cusco
SG$250
per night
9 Dec-10 Dec

Situated in the historical district, this spa hotel is within 1 mile (2 km) of Cerro Machupicchu and Aguas Calientes Hot Springs. Manuel Chavez Ballon Site Museum ...

4.3/5Excellent! (370 reviews)

"The views of the river from the rooms are amazing, and the sound of the river drowns out the noise from the nearby trains. The hotel is in good condition and the staff was trying hard, but I got the impression there was an absentee owner. As if someone had created the concept for the hotel, but that ..."…"

Reviewed on 3 Dec,2019

Casa Del Sol Machupicchu

Popular things to do in Machu Picchu

Aguas Calientes Hot Springs
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Aguas Calientes Hot Springs

3/5(1 review)

Known for its thermal baths, trekking routes and beautiful scenery, this deep valley village is an attractive stopover for those waiting to climb up to Machu Picchu.

Huayna Picchu
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Huayna Picchu

The distinctive mountain that towers over the ancient Inca city of Machu Picchu has its own temple ruins and archeological sites.

Top activities in Machu Picchu

Machu Picchu Day Trip from Cusco by Inca Rail Train
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Machu Picchu Day Trip from Cusco by Inca Rail Train

SG$462

A train trip takes you into the mountains to see one of the wonders of the Americas on this tour to Machu Picchu. Discover the ancient citadel of the Incas in the hands of expert guides thanks to tickets on the Inca Rail.

Guided Tour of Machu Picchu from Aguas Calientes
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Guided Tour of Machu Picchu from Aguas Calientes

SG$34

Journey high into the Andes Mountains and walk among the ruins of Machu Picchu. Your guide takes you to the most significant sites—the Temple of the Three Windows, the Temple of the Sun, and the Sun Stone—and shares the mysterious stories tied to each one.

Half-Day Horseback Riding Mistic Tour
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Half-Day Horseback Riding Mistic Tour

SG$91

Embark on a journey through the breathtaking landscapes and secluded trails on the outskirts of Cusco as you traverse the region on horseback. On this half-day tour, uncover the history of the ancient Inca Empire with a trek up the mountain to the archeological site of the Temple of the Moon.

Machu Picchu Day Tour on Vistadome train with Lunch Included
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Machu Picchu Day Tour on Vistadome train with Lunch Included

SG$852

Visit one of the New 7 Wonders of the World at the fascinating ancient Inca town of Machu Picchu. Perched on a misty mountaintop, this picturesque site is a mystical setting where history and legends abound—take it in from the panoramic windows of a glass-top train as you ride to the peak.

Machu Picchu Full Day Tour from Cusco by Train
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Machu Picchu Full Day Tour from Cusco by Train

SG$435

Early morning pick up from your Cusco hotel and transfer to the train station. On the train you will enjoy comfort & spectacular Andean scenery. Upon arriving in Aguas Calientes a representative will assist you to continue the journey by bus to reach the citadel.

Peruvian Cooking Class by ChocoMuseo in Ollantaytambo
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Peruvian Cooking Class by ChocoMuseo in Ollantaytambo

SG$67

Tour the Ollantaytambo market, to discover local fruits, vegetables, meats, cheeses and breads, including some which are unique to Peru! - Cook, under the guidance of a bilingual chef, some of the best of Peruvian food - Raise your own handmade Pisco

Reviews of Machu Picchu

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24 Jun 2019

One of those places that cannot be over-hyped, it's just incredible. Get there when it opens at 6am and avoid the crowds and day trippers. Highly recommend getting a guide (my hotel organised a very good guide for me, his name was Wagner).

5/5 - Excellent

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29 May 2019

Exceeded expectation...wonderful place.

5/5 - Excellent

Verified traveller

31 Mar 2019

One of the wonders of the world, a must see. Take a guide, you understand so much more than wandering around.

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Visiting Machu Picchu
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Visiting Machu Picchu

Peru is home to Machu Picchu, the “lost city of the Incas.” Use this Machu Picchu travel guide to plan a once-in-a-lifetime trip.