Machu Picchu Travel Guide


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    People who love adventure, mystery, ancient culture and magic would definitely enjoy Machu Picchu. The city has been touted as the “Lost City”because the area is isolated from the rest of Peru and was only discovered in the early 1900s. The whole complex is divided into three parts – religious, agr...

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Hotels in Machu Picchu (18 Hotels) See All Machu Picchu Hotels

  • Hotel La Cabaña Machu Picchu

    Found in Aguas Calientes, Hotel La Cabaña Machu Picchu is comfortably located around Cusco & Machu Picchu Railway, Sun Gate Tours and Gate of the Sun (Intipuncu). Various...

  • Belmond Sanctuary Lodge

    Belmond Sanctuary Lodge is among the best, premium places to lodge in Machu Picchu. Perfectly situated in close proximity to Gate of the Sun (Intipuncu), Inca Trail and M...

  • Tierra Viva Machu Picchu

    With Cusco & Machu Picchu Railway, Sun Gate Tours and Gate of the Sun (Intipuncu) ideally found near the three and half star hotel, Tierra Viva Machu Picchu; this hotel i...

  • Casa Del Sol Machupicchu

    Be no more than moments apart from Cusco & Machu Picchu Railway, Sun Gate Tours and Gate of the Sun (Intipuncu) when you visit Casa Del Sol Machupicchu in Machu Picchu. I...

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  • Machu Picchu Inca Trail

    O Caminho Inca é um trecho de uma antiga estrada inca pavimentada com pedras que atravessa as monta...

    Attractions, Activities, Historical Sites, Outdoors
  • Machu Picchu

    Machu Picchu

    Inca Trail

    Attractions, Activities, Historical Sites, Outdoors, Landmarks and Points Of Interest
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    Winawayna

    on the Inca Trail

    Attractions, Historical Sites
  • Machu Picchu Pueblo
    Attractions, Landmarks and Points Of Interest

About Machu Picchu

People who love adventure, mystery, ancient culture and magic would definitely enjoy Machu Picchu. The city has been touted as the “Lost City”because the area is isolated from the rest of Peru and was only discovered in the early 1900s. The whole complex is divided into three parts – religious, agricultural and urban. This previous Incan dwelling shows the area’s architectural grandeur with its stone temples, palaces, fountains, squares, stairways and shops.

Best Attractions

Trekkers love the Inca Trail, the most popular trail in the whole of South America. Travel agencies provide package tours where visitors can enjoy the Mountain View, magnificent paving stones, cloud forest and finally, the Lost City of the Incas.

Next to Machu Picchu is the Huayna Picchu (Young Mountain). This is where you get the best view of the ruins in Machu Picchu. The Sun Gate, also known as Inti Punku, serves as the connection between the Inca Trail and Machu Picchu. Sunrise streaming through the stones early in the morning is a must-see.

Located in the Huayna Pichu is the Moon Temple. It is formed by several caves used as altars, tombs of significant Inca ancestors and places of worship. There are also several embellishing on the stone walls that serves as the temple’s decorations.

The Intihuatana Stone is considered the core of Machu Picchu. This stone structure was believed to be used as a calendar or clock by the Incas. It forms part of the trio of archaeological treasures, the other two being the Temple of Three Windows and Temple of the Sun.

The Incas revered the sun, thus, they built the temple in honor of their deity. The temple is built in such a way that the sun’s rays stream accurately to the windows and lightens up the tower.

The Temple of Three Windows is believed to represent the caves where the three brothers from the sun descended. This temple is believed to be the dwelling place of the nobles. The Temples of Three Windows is believed to form part of the Sacred Plaza. The Intihuatana and the Principal Temple completes the trio. Just like any other Inca architecture, the stones used were large and heavy.

Local Festivals and Events

Since majority of Peru is Catholics, many of the events celebrated in Machu Picchu involves feasts of saints and virgins.

In Cusco, the region where Machu Picchu is situated, holds a local town festival known as the Lord of the Tremors. This festival worships the Lord of the Earthquakes for saving the people from a strong earthquake. The feast is held from mid-March to April.

Other festivals include the Cruz Velacuy held in May or June, another festival that combines Christian and Andean beliefs. The Inca Festival of the Sun (Inti Raymi) is held every 24th of June. The Corpus Christi is another religious festival held in June.

Another interesting festival is the Warachikuy. It is held in August or September. This festival is like an initiation ceremony for young males in order for them to be deemed ready for war and marriage.

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