Discovered by Hiram Bingham in 1911, this World Heritage Site, located on a limestone ridge some 600m above the Urubamba River, may well be the finest architectural achievement of the new world. No journey to Peru can be complete without seeing the ‘Lost City of the Incas’.
When to go to Machu Picchu
Machu Picchu is open all year round, apart from February. The temperature is fairly consistent all year, but most people tend to go in the dry season, which is April through October. For more information about when to travel in Peru, When to visit Peru.
Reasons to visit Machu Picchu
- The iconic ‘Lost City of the Incas’, one of the ‘must-see’ places in the world.
- Explore the agricultural terracing and aqueducts, the urban buildings and baths and the religious area, the Sacred Plaza, with its temples that include the Temple of the Condor, where a vast rock was sculpted to resemble the wings of a condor in flight.
- Follow in the footsteps of the Incas as you take one of the many walking trails, including the one from the Sacred Stone up to the peak of Huayna Picchu, or walk to the Inca Bridge or the Sun Gate.
- Enjoy the amazing view from the Funerary Rock Hut, where Inca nobility were mummified, and it is now the evening home to llamas and alpacas.
- Visit the Royal Tomb and the Intiwatana; the ‘hitching post of the sun’.
- Examine the remarkable workmanship of the precisely-sculpted granite blocks; no mortar was used.
- Look out for the over 400 species of birds, many unique to this region.