South America is a continent situated in the Western Hemisphere, mostly in the Southern Hemisphere, with a relatively small portion in the Northern Hemisphere. The continent is also considered a subcontinent of the Americas. It is bordered on the west by the Pacific Ocean and on the north and east by the Atlantic Ocean; North America and the Caribbean Sea lie to the northwest.
South America ranks fourth in area after Asia, Africa, and North America and fifth in population after Asia, Africa, Europe, and North America.
A UNESCO World Heritage Site
Where is Machu Picchu located?
The Machu Picchu or the "The Lost City of the Incas" is located in Peru in South America. This ancient Inca city is situated in the Andes Mountains standing between the mountains of Machu Picchu and Huayna Picchu at about 2450 m or 8040 ft above sea level. The spectacular Inca site of Machu Picchu is located in the Cusco Region of Peru and is about 112 km northwest of Cusco.
How to get to Machu Picchu?
Jorge Chávez International Airport is Peru's main international and domestic airport. It is located in Callao, 11 kilometers (7 mi) from the Historic Centre of Lima and 17 km (11 mi) from Miraflores. To fly into Machu Picchu, the closest airport is the Alejandro Velasco Astete International Airport, which is located in the city of Cusco, a principal tourist attraction which receives various domestic flights as well as some international flights. There really are few transport options available around Machu Picchu. Aguas Calientes is a small town at the bottom of the valley next to Machu Picchu, and the principal access point to the site. Most people prefer to travel into Aguas Calientes by train, arriving from Cusco, Ollantaytambo and other locations. Many tourists coming to Aguas Calientes choose to travel to Machu Picchu using convenient bus transport. Other modes of transportation include buses, coaches, or rental cars.
Where to stay?
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