Machu Picchu, an Incan citadel set at the highest peak of the Andes Mountain in Peru, above the Urubamba river valley is regarded as one of the world’s most iconic archaeological sites and Peru’s most popular tourist attraction. Since its discovery in 1911 by Hiram Bingham, Machu Picchu has always attracted history buffs, backpackers, rugged travelers and worldly explorers from every nook and corner of the world.
In 2007, it was voted as one of the New Seven Wonders of the world. With so much to look out for, Machu Picchu is a must-visit once in your lifetime. Read this article to unfold the amazing secrets of this destination.
The Sanctuary of Machu Picchu is probably one of the most important places to visit. It consists of about 200 structures – some of them are residential, but you can also visit amazing sites like the sacred temple of the Three Windows, and the Temple of Sun. The intricate stone work on the walls of the sanctuary is something you must not miss eyeing. If you’re an early riser then you’ll definitely experience the beauty of the sunrise, and not to forget the exotic view of the dawn light. Ready for the thrill?
Several hundred meters above Machu Picchu lies an oft-pictured rising mountain, Huayna Picchu. It is one of the most popular hiking destinations and limited to only 400 permits per day. The first 200 start their trek at 7 a.m. and the remaining on the second lot at 10 a.m. You can easily reach the top most point of Huayna Picchu withing 45 minutes. So, get ready with your hiking shoes and explore the amazing panoramic view.
Want to do something new other than trekking and hiking? If yes, then come down to the Butterfly farm and spot different species of butterfly. The farm is locally run by Leonardo and is an off-beat tourist track. It’s just 20-minute walk from the Machu Picchu Pueblo. You can visit the farm between 8 a.m. and 11 a.m.
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