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Machu Picchu

 

Machu Picchu the "Lost City of the Incas" is located on a high mountain ridge above the Urubamba Valley in Peru, about 70 km northwest of Cusco. The site is probably the most familiar symbol of the Inca Empire and is a UNESCO World Heritage Site. It ranks as the top attraction in Peru, and arguably the greatest in South America.

It is no longer the lost city of the Inca, you can get there by high-speed train or trek there along a 2 or 4 day trail (Inca Trail) But Machu Picchu retains its perhaps unequaled aura of mystery and magic.

The best time to visit is from June - August, during the dry season. On average more than 1000 tourists visit Machu Picchu daily and most arrive by train. The most authentic and scenic way to visit Machu Picchu from Cusco is via the Inca Trail if you have the stamina, It's a 4 day 43km (27-miles) hike to an altitude of over 4,200m (13,700 ft.). There is shorter 2 day 14km (8.75 miles) at an altitude of 2,750m (9,020 ft.) but this circumvents much of the best scenery and ruins.

Must See:


Inca Trail - The best way to get to Machu Picchu by far is via the Inca Trail.

Cusco - Once the capital of the Inca empire.

Lake Titicaca - On the border between Peru and Bolivia is the world's highest navigable lake 3,820 meters
(12,500 feet).



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The Machu Picchu Library

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Chaska Tours


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