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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
Jaya Suite Machupicchu
Jaya Suite Machupicchu
3.5 out of 5
Alameda Los Artesanos 207, Machu Picchu, Cusco
The price is SG$90 per night

Situated in Machu Picchu, this hotel is within a 10-minute walk of Historic Sanctuary of Machu Picchu and Aguas Calientes Hot Springs. Huayna Picchu is 2.8 mi ...

4.7/5Exceptional! (216 reviews)

"Clean, walking distance from railway station and restaurants."…"

Reviewed on 17 Mar,2020

Jaya Suite Machupicchu
Inkaterra Machu Picchu Pueblo Hotel
Inkaterra Machu Picchu Pueblo Hotel
4.5 out of 5
Pueblo de Machu Picchu, 084, Machu Picchu, Cusco

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! (65 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
Belmond Sanctuary Lodge
Belmond Sanctuary Lodge
5 out of 5
Carretera Hiram Bingham Km 7.5, Machu Picchu, Cusco

Situated in a national park, this luxury hotel is within 1 mile (2 km) of Historic Sanctuary of Machu Picchu and Huayna Picchu. Aguas Calientes Hot Springs is ...

4.5/5Wonderful! (261 reviews)

"Simply perfect. Excellent services, all of it was stunningly beautiful."…"

Reviewed on 8 Mar,2020

Belmond Sanctuary Lodge

Popular places to visit 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 things to do in Machu Picchu

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

82% of travellers recommend
SG$35
Per adult
4-Day Classic Machu Picchu Inca Jungle Trek Tour
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4-Day Classic Machu Picchu Inca Jungle Trek Tour

100% of travellers recommend
SG$360
Per adult
Machu Picchu Tour Panoramic Train 1 day
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Machu Picchu Tour Panoramic Train 1 day

74% of travellers recommend
SG$664
Per adult
Half-Day Horseback Riding Mistic Tour
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Half-Day Horseback Riding Mistic Tour

98% of travellers recommend
SG$94
Per adult
8-Day Nazca Lines & Machu Picchu Tour
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8-Day Nazca Lines & Machu Picchu Tour

100% of travellers recommend
SG$2,040
Per adult
4 Days Inca Trail connection lares to Machu Picchu
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4 Days Inca Trail connection lares to Machu Picchu

SG$1,025
Per adult

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.

Read travel guides and advice on 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.
Visiting Machu Picchu
Cusco which includes a ruin, landscape views and a small town or village

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