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Welcome to Machu Picchu

Machu Picchu

Machu Picchu is one of the most renowned examples of Inca architecture. A spectacular and imposing citadel lost in history, it is believed to have been built in the 15th century and was discovered in 1911 by the American explorer Hiram Bingham.
Machu Picchu’s complex comprises an agricultural area with terraces and aqueducts, and a city with temples, observatories, workshops and sacred burial plots. The breathtaking view from this mountaintop citadel and its well-preserved ruins are a photographer’s dream. Located some 120km from Cusco, Machu Picchu rises to an altitude of 2,400m above sea level between Huyana Picchu (young peak) and Machu Picchu (old peak). It is one of the most important archaeological sites in South America, one of the most visited tourist attractions in all of Latin America and is on the UNESCO World Heritage Site list. You have a choice of either trekking for 4 days or relaxing on a train for 4 hours from Cusco to reach this wonder of the world.

Highlights of the site include one of the most famous Inca constructions, the sacred Temple of the Sun, with its distinctive round tapering tower and the centre stone that is illuminated by the rays of the sun every winter solstice. Huayna Picchu forms a dramatic backdrop to the city and a treacherously steep stone trail leads to a platform offering dizzy views of the city below and a sweeping panorama of the surrounding mountains and forests. Despite the continuous hordes of tourists the ancient Inca citadel preserves its sense of mystery and majesty, especially in the quieter hours after sunrise and before sunset, when the light and wispy strands of mist create an aura of isolated majesty.

Information & Facts


US$20 (adults), US$10 (students)


Spanish and Quechua are the official languages, but many other dialects are spoken. English is spoken only in major tourist centres and hotels.


The official currency is Nuevo Sol (PEN) divided into 100 céntimos. Visa is the most widely accepted credit card, but all major international credit cards, including Diners Club and MasterCard, are accepted in many, but not all, establishments. Outside Lima facilities may be more limited. Travellers cheques may also be difficult to exchange in small towns and villages, and travellers are advised to have cash on hand. US Dollars are the easiest currency to exchange and plenty of restaurants, hotels and shops in the main cities accept dollars for payment. Casas de cambio(exchange bureaux) often give better rates than hotels and banks and can be found in any town on the tourist circuit. ATMs are available in the main cities.

Opening Times

Daily 6am-5pm. Huayna Picchu closes at 3pm.


Local time is GMT -5.

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