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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

Inkaterra Machu Picchu Pueblo Hotel
Inkaterra Machu Picchu Pueblo Hotel
4.5 out of 5
Pueblo de Machu Picchu, 084, Machu Picchu, Cusco
The price is SG$665 per night from 6 Dec to 7 Dec
Excludes taxes & fees

Located in the heart of Machu Picchu, this luxury hotel is within a 15-minute walk of Historic Sanctuary of Machu Picchu and Aguas Calientes Hot Springs. Huayna ...

4.7/5Exceptional! (66 reviews)
Beautiful hotel!!!

"This hotel was amazing. Made our stay in Aguas Calientas perfect. The room and staff were great. Wish I has more than 2 days here."…"

Reviewed on 26 Jan,2020

Inkaterra Machu Picchu Pueblo Hotel
Hotel La Cabaña Machu Picchu
Hotel La Cabaña Machu Picchu
3.5 out of 5
Avenida Pachacuteq Nº 805, Mz-20 Lt. 3, Machu Picchu, Cusco
The price is SG$88 per night from 6 Dec to 7 Dec
Excludes taxes & fees

Situated in the historical district, this hotel is 0.2 mi (0.4 km) from Aguas Calientes Hot Springs and 3 mi (4.9 km) from Huayna Picchu. Machu Picchu Station ...

4/5Very Good! (308 reviews)

"Very helpful staff Picked from train station Cleanliness 10 Breakfast 10"…"

Reviewed on 4 Jan,2020

Hotel La Cabaña Machu Picchu
Susanna Inn Machu Picchu Hotel
Susanna Inn Machu Picchu Hotel
3 out of 5
The price is SG$69 per night from 11 Dec to 12 Dec
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. Huayna Picchu is 3 mi ...

4.6/5Wonderful! (83 reviews)

"Esta muy bien ubicado, el personal es muy amable y te brindan buena información acerca de restaurantes y como tomar los autobuses a Machu Picchu, sirven el desayuno desde muy temprano para quienes tienen acceso a las 6:00 am, recomendado!"…"

Reviewed on 20 Aug,2020

Susanna Inn Machu Picchu Hotel
Lowest nightly price found within the past 24 hours based on a 1 night stay for 2 adults. Prices and availability subject to change. Additional terms may apply.

Holiday Rentals in Machu Picchu

Wayqey Lodge
Wayqey Lodge
3 out of 5
The price is SG$106 per night from 6 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 ...

3.9/5Very 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

Wayqey Lodge
Glamping Eco Spirit
Glamping Eco Spirit
2.5 out of 5

Situated in a national park, this campsite is within a 10-minute walk of Plaza de Armas, Ollantaytambo Archaeological Site and Pinkuylluna Mountain Granaries. ...

Glamping Eco Spirit
Casa de Campo Inkarumis-House
Casa de Campo Inkarumis-House
2.5 out of 5
The price is SG$387 per night from 1 Jan to 2 Jan
Excludes taxes & fees

Situated in Urubamba, this holiday home is within 9 miles (15 km) of Cerro Ajojasa, Santuario del Senor de Torrechayoc and Plaza de Armas. Iglesia de Urubamba ...

Casa de Campo Inkarumis-House
Lowest nightly price found within the past 24 hours based on a 1 night stay for 2 adults. Prices and availability subject to change. Additional terms may apply.

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Reviews of Machu Picchu

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5/5 - Excellent

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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

Verified traveller

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.