Machu Picchu, Machu Picchu

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Explore the ruins of Machu Picchu, a 15th-century Incan community perched 2,430 m (7,970 ft) above sea level, on a mountain ridge overlooking the Sacred Valley. The partially restored site, built in the typical Incan style of polished dry-stone walls, spreads across multiple man-made terraces. Climb the path that extends above the complex to view the tiered ruins from above, and enjoy commanding views of the spectacular scenery that surrounds it. Built around 1450, possibly as an estate for the Incan emperor Pachacuti, the site was abandoned only a century later during the Spanish conquest. Incredibly, the Spanish conquistadors never learned of the site's existence, and it remained unknown to the wider world until 1911. In 2007, an online poll voted the now renowned site one of the New Seven Wonders of the World. Make Machu Picchu part of your personalized Machu Picchu itinerary using our Machu Picchu travel itinerary planner.
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  • August 16, 2017
    Visit a must if you're in the country. Impressive fortress hidden and luckily found. Beware of altitude sickness!
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  • August 16, 2017
    One of the wonders of the world for my taste more beautiful the surroundings than the ruins. That you are also good. Read something before you go because some guides are extremely creative, give an image of mystery, or dare to compare it to the Egyptian civilization (three thousand years earlier?) - there is no need - exaggerate so much that they produce some candor. From the 15th century and this is a good prospect
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  • August 16, 2017
    Since very little I wanted to know cuzco, until at last was given the opportunity to travel, the trip is an adventure, bus, train, bus, walk... and at every step to us acercabamos to the city lost is towards more intense the expectation, to my surprise and without realizing between mountains and trees Giants appears quite a spectacle architecture that brings you closer to the roots more primitive evolution and human ingenuity, a mariavilla which must be known, place full of energy than emannara of the Earth and drives you to an adventure that just look at you think that you can not , but to reach the top, you know that the volverias do every day if you could.
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