Machu Picchu

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
Country: Peru
Continent: South America
Constructed: 1400 A.D.

Machu Picchu
History and Construction

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.

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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?

SUMAQ Machu Picchu Hotel
At the foot of the imposing mountains surrounding Machu Picchu, by the banks of the Vilcanota River, stands Sumaq Machu Picchu Hotel. The only five-star hotel in Aguas Calientes is architecturally inspired by the enigmatic lost city of the Incas. Sumaq Machu Picchu Hotel is close to Machu Picchu and Huayna Picchu. The exquisite culinary creations of the hotel's restaurant are prepared with regional ingredients and its luxury suites await you for an enchanting trip to the historical past of the Andean culture.

Inkaterra Machu Picchu Pueblo Hotel
Inkaterra Machu Picchu, a select boutique nature hotel is considered 'the Garden of Eden' by Conde Nast Traveller, lets you experience life at an exclusive royal Inca retreat for your stay. In Inkaterra's vacation paradise and luxury boutique hotel, a pueblo of luxurious whitewashed bungalow nestles into terraced hills. Spa services use sublime natural essences, and a first-class restaurant boasts stunning views of the rushing Vilcanota River. The train station is only steps away. But Inkaterra Machu Picchu Hotel exists in a world apart. This is an intimate 85-cottage luxury hotel in sprawling Andean style village within the secluded 12 acres of exquisite beauty.

Machu Picchu Sanctuary Lodge by Orient-Express
Machu Picchu Sanctuary Lodge is the only hotel adjacent to the Lost City of the Incas. Part of the Cuzco Region of Peru, it sits almost 2,500 meters above sea level. The hotel and citadel are a short walk or bus ride away from the town of Aguas Calientes and 80 km from Cuzco. This lodge is located right on top of the mountain, a couple of seconds from the Machu Picchu citadel (often referred as the Lost City of the Incas), and enjoys a prime position within the Sanctuary. Enjoy great orchid garden tours, humming bird watching, yoga classes, and taste exquisite dishes whilst relaxing next to one of the world's most famous places.

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Guided Tours

Machu Picchu Day Trip from Cusco - $289.99

Take an all-inclusive day trip to breathtaking Machu Picchu from Cusco. Visit the world-famous Incan ruins and learn about the city, its history and the people who once lived there. Ideal for first-time visitors, families (non-strenuous hiking) and individual travelers, this once in a lifetime experience is a must-do when visiting Peru!

Private 2-Day Tour of Cusco and Machu Picchu - $845.99

Get the most out of Cusco and Machu Picchu on a 2-day private tour, and enjoy the personalized attention of a private sightseeing experience! This tour is specifically designed for those who have a limited time in Cusco and want to visit the sacred citadel of Machu Picchu. If you're simply making a stopover in Cusco or want a weekend getaway from Lima, this is the tour for you!

Machu Picchu
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