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Machu Picchu holidays

Machu Picchu, Peru

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Awe-inspiring ancient Inca citadel high in the Andes Mountains

Machu Picchu, the UNESCO World Heritage Site located high in the Andes Mountains, is Peru's most famous attraction.

Machu Picchu is an incredible UNESCO World Heritage Site and undoubtedly Peru's most iconic attraction. Situated on a narrow mountain ridge above the Río Urubamba, between the Machu Picchu and Huayna Picchu peaks, Machu Picchu is a marvel of ancient engineering and architecture. The ruins were rediscovered in 1911 by Hiram Bingham, an American explorer, and since then, it has been visited by millions of people from around the world.

Machu Picchu was constructed around 1450 AD during the height of the Inca Empire, and it was abandoned just over a century later during the Spanish conquest. The site is divided into two main areas - the agricultural sector and the urban sector. The agricultural sector consists of terraced fields that were used to grow crops such as corn, potatoes, and quinoa. The urban sector is where you'll find stunning buildings and structures, including temples, homes, and public spaces.

One of the best ways to experience Machu Picchu is by hiking the iconic Inca Trail, which takes four days and passes through stunning mountain scenery, ancient ruins, and cloud forests. If you prefer a more leisurely option, take the train to the nearby town of Aguas Calientes, also known as Machu Picchu Pueblo, and then take a shuttle bus to the entrance of the site.

One of the most iconic attractions at Machu Picchu is the Sun Gate, which offers stunning views of the ruins below. Another popular attraction is Huayna Picchu, a mountain located behind Machu Picchu that offers even more stunning views of the surrounding landscape.

In addition to exploring the ruins themselves, there are many other activities you can enjoy in the area. The nearby town of Aguas Calientes offers a range of restaurants and cafes as well as hot springs that are perfect for relaxing after a long day of hiking. You can also visit the Machu Picchu Museum to learn more about the history and culture of the region.

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