Places to See: Machu Picchu in Peru

Peru is a country rich in history, culture, beauty, and adventure, with a wide range of options for visitors. You may take a boat ride on the world’s highest navigable lake, gaze out over one of the world’s deepest gorges, try your hand at sandboarding in the dunes, trek in the Andes, or fish for piranha in the Amazon. Exploring the secrets of the Nazca lines, trekking through ancient sites in the Sacred Valley, lose yourself in Peru’s wonder- Machu Picchu, or experiencing modern Peru while traversing the streets are some more things to do in Peru. 

Places to See: Machu Picchu in Peru
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Explore these Peruvian pleasures at your leisure, from pre-Columbian villages to the contemporary and traditional cities of the Southern Peru Tourist Corridor. Explore Lima’s museums and bathe in the hot springs of high-altitude Cusco.

What is Machu Picchu?

Places to See: Machu Picchu in Peru
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Machu Picchu was built in the middle of the 15th century as a royal estate for the first Inka emperor, Pachacuti Inka Yupanqui, on a mountain saddle overlooking the Urubamba River. The area was about three days’ walk from Cusco’s Inka capital, and it was about 3,000 feet lower in height, with a nice temperature. It was built as a location for the Inka emperor and his family to conduct feasts, perform religious rites, and govern empire affairs, while also staking a claim to territory that would be owned by his dynasty after his death. The location was chosen because of its connection to the Andean landscape, which has long been regarded as ancestral deities across the Andes. The complex includes dwellings for aristocrats, retainers, and maintenance workers, as well as religious shrines, fountains, and terraces, as well as carved rock outcrops, which are a characteristic feature of Inka art.

Why Machu Picchu?

The citadel of Machu Picchu was unknown and hence unexplored by the conquistadors and their companions. Machu Picchu is well-known as a cultural hotspot for historians. Machu Picchu is also revered as a sacred site. The Citadel of Machu Picchu attracts visitors from all over the globe who come to admire the natural beauty and exquisite sculptures of this isolated landmark of an ancient civilization, that of the Incas.

Places to See: Machu Picchu in Peru
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The old abandoned city was established in the 15th century and is notable for its dry-stone walls that were erected without the use of mortar. The ancient site is located inside a fully natural environment, with hills, valleys, and steep slopes filling the landscape that surrounds the city, making it one of the most spectacular urban constructions of the Incan Empire. Machu Picchu is one of Peru’s most visited locations, and the climb to get there allows you to connect with the Incas’ spiritual path and follow their extensive archeological heritage. 

Best time to visit

July and August are great months to visit Machu Picchu, but the crowd can be a little suffocating. This is why we recommend the months of April and May. The sky has cleared, the peaks are emerald and the place calm. 

If you plan on attending the Festival of the Sun, late June is perfect! Make sure you visit during dry months because the rain can be uncomfortable and prove slippery. 

How to get there? Obviously by trailing through the beautiful Andes!

The Trail Machu Picchu’s allure is the breath-taking cultural display of Inca ruins, exotic Inca side by side mountains, primitive luxuriant foliage, and unique ecological variations. The path traverses the National Park, entering through the Sun Gate with breath-taking views of Machu Picchu, then continuing into cloud studded woodland and eventually into subtropical vegetation. Finally, there is the beautiful marvel – One of the Seven Wonders of the Modern World, Machu Picchu.

Places to See: Machu Picchu in Peru
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The traditional path, which takes four days to finish, and a simpler variant, which takes two days to reach Machu Picchu, one of the world’s most magnificent intact towns. The paths, as well as the city itself, are some of the best instances of man’s interaction with the environment, and they deserve international recognition.

Despite limited information about the city’s function and the Incas themselves, the region remains mostly unknown, and the legends and myths have a strong influence on many visitors that follow the trek. Put on your walking shoes and go hiking to explore the romance and mystery of Machu Picchu and the Incan civilization.

Things to do in Machu Picchu

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  1. Visit the temple of the moon and the great cavern.
  2. Visit the agricultural terraces
  3. Climb the Huayna Picchu
  4. See the Temple of the Sun
  5. Pray to The Sacred Rock
  6. Watch the sunset from Machu Picchu

Look out for

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You shouldn’t miss…

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The Inti Raymi Festival, which literally translates to ‘Festival of the Sun’, was celebrated as a religious festival by the Incas to worship the Sun. The Inca Empire celebrated this festival in the honor of their most admired God, Inca. That is why it holds special importance and is celebrated on the shortest day of the year – the winter solstice.

You’ll love Machu Picchu if…

You’re a history buff or an adrenaline junkie… or just someone who likes to travel!

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