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Machu Picchu, Peru
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Machu Picchu is a ruin of sacred Inca city on the heights of Andes in South America. Machu Picchu - Old Mountain, is a pre-Columbian Inca site located 7,970 feet (2,430 metres) above sea level. The ruins of Inca city are cosily nested on a mountain ridge above the Urubamba Valley in Peru and located 50 miles (80 kilometres) northwest of Cuzco, a city in southeastern Peru. Cuzco (its altitude is near 11,200 feet (3,400 meters) is the capital of the Cuzco Region and the Cuzco Province and serves as an intermediary on the way to Machu Picchu.
What Makes It Special
Merged with the breathtaking landscapes of the Andes mountain peaks and cliffs, Machu Picchu is a magnificent example of ancient architecture, The Lost City of the Incas. It is believed that the Incas started building the city around 1400 AD as an estate for the Inca emperor Pachacuti (1438–1472), but it was abandoned 100 years later at the time of the Spanish conquest of the Inca Empire. There are many opinions and arguments why it was built and why it was abandoned but the mystery is not solved yet. Anyway, this amazing stone citadel remains one of Peru's most attractive mysterious places to visit. Machu Picchu is the city which was lost in centuries and discovered only in 1911, often referred to as "The Lost City of the Incas." Machu Picchu was declared a UNESCO World Heritage Site, and in 2007 in a worldwide Internet poll Machu Picchu was voted one of the New Seven Wonders of the World.
Directions To Destination
By Plain to Peru:
You need to make quite a trip in order to get to Machu Picchu - first getting to capital of Peru Lima and than to Cusco. Jorge Chávez International Airport (IATA: LIM, ICAO: SPIM), in Spanish Aeropuerto Internacional Jorge Chavez, is Peruvian main international and domestic airport. It is located 7 miles (11 kilometers) from the historic center of Lima and 11 miles (17 km) from Miraflores - a famous district of beautiful homes, villas, parks and flower gardens.
Best Time To Go
The climate of Andes is generally mild, clearly characterized by two seasons. The dry season lasts from April through October, with a lot of sunshine, and occasional nighttime freezes. The wet season lasts from November to March. There is practically no snow in Cuzco - Machu Picchu (the last snowfall was recorded in June 1911). The best time to go is dry season but if you want to escape crowds, April or October may be better.
Where To Stay
We can recommend Aranwa Cusco Boutique Hotel (Calle San Juan De Dios 255, Cuzco) five star hotel with rates starting from $280 to $350 per room/night. Taxes and 10% service fee are not included in the room price. It is located two blocks from Plaza De Armas in a refurbished 16th century mansion. All rooms feature an intelligent oxygen system. There are 43 rooms in the hotel.
Useful Visitor Information and Tips
Authorities established the daily access limit of 2,500 people for Peru's main tourist attraction as a conservation measure. Tickets to enter the Inca ruins are available online (Ministerio de Cultura - Boletaje Virtual, Ministry of Culture - Virtual Ticketing).
Tags: Aguas Calientes; Andes (2); Cusco (2); Cuzco (3); Cuzco Province; Cuzco Region; Huayna Picchu; Inca; Lima (3); Lost City of the Incas; Machu Picchu (3); Machu Picchu train; Ollantaytambo; Peru (4); pre-Columbian; ruins; South America (2); Urubamba Valley; Wayna Picchu
Web Sites: Machu Picchu Gateway
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