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Machu Picchu, view from Intipunko.


MACHU PICCHU This Incan Fortress is a Wonder of Humanity and an Andean Paradise.

The Incan town is an Andean paradise. It was constructed by the Inca Pachacutec between 1400 and 1450 A.D.

It is located between the high Andes and the Amazon jungle, on the crest of two mountains (Wayna Picchu Mtn., which means young mountain, and Machu Picchu Mtn., which means old mountain.)

Machu Picchu is a beautiful city of stone. At its height, it housed a thousand people. Most of these inhabitants were women. (For this reason, it was considered to be a Temple of the Sun. Nevertheless, it was a place of recreation and relaxation.)

It is divided into 3 important sectors.

The emphasized sector is the religious one. This sector includes the major temples: the Temple of the Sun, the Intiwatana, and the Temple of the 3 Windows.

To the northeast, the urban sector is found. Here there are family residences, streets, and water installations. Finally, the agricultural sector encompasses the largest area with its terraces.


Getting from Cusco to  Machu Picchu

There are 4 ways that you can get to the town of Aguas Calientes:


1) The fastest and most comfortable way is to travel by train for four hours from Cusco through the Sacred Valley of the Incas and Ollantaytambo.

2) You can also walk the Inca Trail. After 4 days of hiking, you will arrive at Intipunku and the Citadel of Machu Picchu.

3) You could travel by bus or private vehicle to the hydroelectric site. From there you would continue walking for 2 hours or take the 50-minute train ride.

4) Or you could take the new Inca Jungle Tour, which involves 4 days of traveling via bus, bicycle, canoe, train, and hiking. When you arrive at Aguas Calientes, you can either take the ecological bus up to Machu Picchu ( cost: $25), or you can hike up the stone-lined trail. ( approx.. 1 hour.) You can see more details by consulting the following map.


What do you need to visit Machu Picchu:

In order to have the safest, most comfortable, and most enjoyable trip, you should remember the following:

Machu Picchu is close to the jungle, so you should get a yellow fever vaccination shot before you come.

Plan on your mode of transportation, and make your reservation early. Via Inca Trail, 4 months in advance. Via train, one month in advance. Via bus, 3 days in advance.

Purchase your entry ticket into Machu Picchu one month in advance. If you plan on climbing up Huayna Picchu Mtn., you should buy your ticket 2 months in advance.

It is recommended that you stay over 1 night in Agua Calientes. That way you will have more time to enjoy the site. There are good hotels in Aguas Calientes.

Day trip to Machu Picchu. You would leave Cusco very early, and travel by train and bus ( for 4 hours) until you arrive at Aguas Calientes. From there you will ride the bus up to the Sanctuary of Machu Picchu. Once you arrive, you will have a guided tour of the ruins, and 2 hours of free time to go exploring. In the afternoon, you will return to Cusco via train and bus through Ollantaytambo.

Incan Marvel Tour of two days. On day one you will travel to Aguas Calientes. Along the way, you will visit the village of Chincheros, and the crafts market there. You will check into your hotel and have the afternoon free. The Indio Feliz Restaurant is a good place to eat supper.

On day two, you will take the ecological bus up to Machu Picchu, and enjoy a guided tour of the Sanctuary. You can also take the short hike to the Incan Bridge. In the afternoon you will return to Cusco, and we will drop you off at your hotel.




Altitudes  of reference points in Machu Picchu :

Machu Picchu village main square 2050 masl (meters above sea level)

Machu Picchu Inca city  2430 masl

Intipunko pass (border between cusco and puno)  2770 masl.


Climate : The climate is humid, since Machup is in the tropical valley.





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