Machu Picchu Inca Trail tours
Location Machu Picchu
: As you know Machu Picchu
is certainly in Peru. Once you reach Lima
, you have to travel another 1165 miles to reach only Cusco city. Cusco is an important city of Peru. It was the capital at the time of Inca regime. Machu Picchu is 70 miles or 112 Km northwest of Cusco city. It is located at an altitude of around 8000 ft or 2450 meter from sea level. Machu Picchu is not a town really. Actually Machu Picchu is the famous ruins at the top of Mountain Machu Picchu. They built a super standard hotel there just at the entrance of Machu Picchu ruins
. So if you want you can stay there at night around Machu Picchu. Usually people stay at Aguas Calientes
, which is the closest town from Machu Picchu. Aguas Calientes is around only two miles from Machu Picchu. You will find lot of hotels and restaurants at Aguas Calientes.
About Machu Picchu
The Incas started building it around AD 1430 but was abandoned as an official site for the Inca rulers a hundred years later, at the time of the Spanish conquest of the Inca Empire.
Machu Picchu has become an important tourist attraction. Machu Picchu was declared a Peruvian Historical Sanctuary in 1981 and a UNESCO World Heritage Site in 1983. Since it was not plundered by the Spanish when they conquered the Incas, it is especially important as a cultural site and is considered a sacred place.
Machu Picchu was built in the classical Inca style, with polished dry-stone walls. Its primary buildings are the Intihuatana, the Temple of the Sun, and the Room of the Three Windows. These are located in what is known by archaeologists as the Sacred District of Machu Picchu. In September 2007, Peru and Yale University reached an agreement regarding the return of artifacts which Hiram Bingham had removed from Machu Picchu in the early twentieth century.
Location of Machu Picchu
Machu Picchu is 80 kilometers northwest of Cusco, on the crest of the mountain Machu Picchu, located about 2,350 meters (7,710 feet) above sea level. It is one of the most important archaeological sites in South America and the most visited tourist attraction in Peru.
How to Reach Machu Picchu
You can not reach Machu Picchu directly from Lima by Plane. You have to reach Cusco first by plane (better option) or bus ( takes around 24 hours), then you can reach Aguas Calientes from Cusco by train (better option) or by a combination of bus and train. From Aguas Calientes you can reach Machu Picchu by Bus. The distance is only few kilometers.
If you are really running short of time, you can fly from Cusco by a helicopter to Aguas calientes. Helicopter service was suspended for a while. Recently ( from 2008) it resumes.
Train Station at Machu Picchu
There are two train stations at Aguas Calientes. One is just at the entrance of the city. This station is known as Machu Picchu pueblo train station. If you are planning to spend nights at Machu Picchu then you should stop at Machu Picchu Pueblo Station. So don't be confused, Machu Picchu train station is not at Machu Picchu, it is at Aguas Calientes! You may not like the station, it is not a nice one.
It becomes over crowded when a train comes and leaves. At the side of the rail road you will see ( look at the pictures above and below) lot of restaurants, and souvenir shops. Restaurants are not bad here, very cheap pizzas available in almost all the restaurants.
Machu Picchu pictures
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