An Incan Empire Machu Pichhu Welcomes You!

Machu Picchu

One of the most extraordinary travel destinations in the world is Machu Pichhu in Peru. It was built almost 600 years ago and the rulers of the Incan Empire treated this place as a royal retreat. Today you can view the ruins of Machu Picchu which are located at 7,000 ft above the sea level on a small hilltop. The Incan constructed structure is very well maintained and it was discovered only in 1911. The place is very isolated from rest of Peru but it still ranks among the most visited archaeological sites in the world. Even the nearest village is quite far from the ruins of Machu Picchu.

  • When to see

If you are visiting South America then it is a good idea to visit Peru. The tourism season in Machu Picchu is from June to August. The place receives around 3,000 visitors during these months; so if you are coming here during this time then expect to see a lot of crowd at the major tourist sites. There is an entrance fee to the ruins area and it is usually less than $50.For a better understanding of the place and its history, it is advisable to hire a guide during the tour.

  • How to reach

The journey to Machu Picchu will usually begin in Cuzco which is around 50 miles from the actual site. There are a number of ways to reach Machu Picchu but the majority prefers a train ride to Machu Picchu which usually takes a few hours.

  • Why you should visit the ruins?

There are many places to explore in Machu Picchu. A guided tour is a much better option here as you will get to know a lot about the history of the ruins. There are many historical sites here which are truly awe-inspiring. One such landmark is the Temple of the Sun. The temple is located near the summit of the city and the stonework on it is simply incredible. There are a number of stone walls throughout the city but this one is vastly different from the rest. The closely-fit stonework is very impressive indeed. Another famous temple here is the Temple of the Condor. Though the guides tell you that the site is that of a temple, on close observation you will understand that this was basically a torture chamber. The condor was the seat of justice though it was very cruel. But the guides generally refrain from giving any vivid details as the bulk of the tourists consist of middle-aged people and children. You must also view the Intihuatana which is basically a sun dial made from stone carving.

Machu Picchu is definitely one of those places which you must see before you die. When you reach the place you will feel overwhelmed with emotions. The tourists enjoy the breathtaking experience and many visitors have echoed a similar sentiment. Machu Picchu is a wonder of Peru and probably the biggest crowd pulling destination in South America. If you want to witness some of the best stone works in the world then you must come to Machu Picchu at least once.

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