Santuario Historico de Machu Picchu, Machu Picchu

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Explore the ruins of Santuario Historico de 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. Arrange to visit Santuario Historico de Machu Picchu and other attractions in Machu Picchu using our Machu Picchu trip itinerary builder .
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  • The day tour is NOT a good idea. You wake up at 4am to travel 2 hours by taxi, then 2 hours by train. Then to a tourist town where you can wait up to 2 hours to go (depending if you are morning or aft...  more »
  • This attraction was on our bucket list and it did not disappoint! The views are amazing! We saw a double rainbow and a shower go through while we were hiking. Pictures of this place do not do it justi...  more »
  • Certainly true to it’s title! Words cannot express the surreal beauty of this place that time forgot.... We went on a family vacation and it was so worth it!! A must see and visit for history and adve...  more »

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