Machu Picchu Citadel
Machu Picchu is an ancient Inca citadel nestled high in the Andes Mountains of Peru. It is one of the most famous archaeological sites in the world, also a UNESCO World Heritage site. With its stunning location and well-preserved ruins, Machu Picchu is one of the most iconic ancient cities in the world.
The citadel sits at an elevation of approximately 7,970 feet and offers breathtaking panoramic views of the surrounding mountains and the Urubamba River below. The intricate stone architecture, terraced fields, and ceremonial sites showcase the impressive engineering and craftsmanship of the Inca civilization.
You can explore the site's temples, palaces, and terraces while learning about the rich history and culture of the Inca Empire. Highlights include the Temple of the Sun, the Intihuatana Stone, and the Temple of the Three Windows. Guided tours are a good option to enhance the experience and provide insights into the significance of each structure.
The easiest and most popular way to reach Machu Picchu is taking a scenic 2-hour train from Ollantaytambo to Aguas Calientes, and then a short hike or bus ride to the site's entrance.
You can also embark on one of the three iconic multi-day hikes that end up at Machu Picchu — Inca Trail, Salkantay Trail, or Choquequirao Trek. These scenic trails range from 2 to 4 days and weave through diverse landscapes, including cloud forests, high mountain passes, and Inca ruins, leading to Machu Picchu. Check all these options as separate activities in the app to get more details.
Machu Picchu is not only a testament to the ingenuity of the Inca civilization but also a place of immense natural beauty and spiritual energy. It continues to captivate and inspire visitors with its architecture, stunning surroundings, and fascinating history.