Machu Picchu Things to Do

  • Visiting the ruins of Sayaqmarka
    Visiting the ruins of Sayaqmarka
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  • Walking though the cloud forest
    Walking though the cloud forest
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  • We made it!!
    We made it!!
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  • 1. Huayna Picchu

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    You may think Buying Machu Picchu tickets online should be simple, however it could be a daunting task for travelers. There is a lot of confusion and frustration. Since Machu Picchu tickets can not be...

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  • 2. Aguas Calientes

    This tiny town is home to about 1600 people. From a small farming settlement, it grew into a major tourist hub with the construction of the railroad that brings in hundreds (if not thousands) of...

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  • 3. Inca Trail

    As I mentioned in my Phuyupatamarca campsite tip, we began our fourth and final day on the Camino Inca by hiking up to see the beautiful snowcapped peaks of the Salkantay (6270 m) and Veronica (5680...

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  • 4. Llamas / Other Animals

    After taking your best pictures of the citadel, keep climbing the steps until you reach the Agricultural Sector. You´ll find yourself surrounded by llamas of many colors and sizes. I wasn´t attacked...

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  • 5. Ruins

    These terraces appear to have served for agricultural purposes. They are common by Inka cities and are used still till today at some sights but not here. it is believed terraces were used as a method...

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  • 6. Scenery

    Here is an example of the sheer drop off from the ruins to the valley below. It's the thing that makes these ruins so spectacular, there are better preserved pre-columbian cities elsewhere that...

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  • 7. Temples

    This was an astronomical observatory for the Incas and one of the most sacred spots of Machu Pichu. It's a semi circular building aligned with the Solstice to allow the Inkas to mark the passing of...

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  • 8. Sacred City

    This is said to be an ancient place of worship and it is indeed intriguing with its astronomical alignments all the way up to the sun gate. Who can say what really went on here? There are as many...

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  • 9. Sacred Rock

    This is the Sacred Rock, located near the entrance to the Huayna Picchu trail. Pay attention to it and you will note that the rock´s design tries to imitate the shape of the mountains behind it....

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  • 10. Terraces

    Typical sceneries at the top of Machu Picchu show these terraces which have been built to enable roads and make cultivation possible on the otherwise rather steep hill sides. I believe these...

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  • 11. Main Gate

    Immediately after passing through the entrance gate and climbing a few steps, you´ll already have the best view of Machu Picchu. Check these wonderful pictures!!! I have pictures taken from Putucusi...

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  • 12. Sacred Plaza

    The Sacred Plaza is like a football sized open field in the center of the ruins. This is believed to have been used for religious and political gatherings and also possibly as a public market. Like...

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  • 13. The Condor

    I was told that the Temple of the Condor is a construction that resembled a condor with stretched wings, but I couldn´t see anything like that. The head and beak are supposed to be these rocks on the...

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  • 14. El Intihuatana

    4.5 out of 5 stars

    The exact translation of the qechua word "intihuatana" is "for tying the sun", although it is usually translated as "Hitching Post of the Sun". It consisted of a column of stone rising from a block...

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  • 15. Other CITIES

    Wiñawayna or Forever Young is the name of an important archaeological ruin near Machu Picchu. It’s located on a height of 2.700 metres. Wiñawayna was discovered by Paul Fejos in 1941, and...

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  • 16. Inti Punku

    It's hard to describe the feeling of finally reaching Inti Punku, the Sun Gate of Machu Picchu, after spending four days on the Inca trail. My guess is that only those who have done it would...

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  • 17. Steps / Falling

    As you walk around Machu Picchu, you'll notice that although most steps are individual stones, some are carved out of single, massive boulders. We found this one in the Sacred City area, to the left...

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  • 18. Salkantay Trek

    I did the 5 day trek to Machu Picchu through Salkantay Trekking with my family in April. We experienced the trip of a lifetime trekking the remote and beautiful Salkantay Trail. We felt relaxed and...

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  • 19. Camping

    Tierras Vivas provided an expedition which exceeded my greatest expectations. We took the a road less traveled which gave us access to to spectacular Inca ruins in way we could never have dreamed of -...

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  • 20. Quarry

    So, where did the Incas get all the stones from which to build Machu Picchu? If this question bothered you, you get to answer it soon after you descend toward the ruins or come up the stairway of the...

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  • 21. Machu Picchu ~ Lost City of the Incas

    Like many visitors traveling to Peru for the first time, our ultimate goal was to visit the ancient and legendary site of Machu Picchu. It's an extraordinary...

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  • 22. A Bit About Practical Matters

    The green bus you boarded in Aguas Calientes jostles alongside the Urubamba River (Vilcanota) on the Avenida Hermanos Ayar for a few kilometers before crossing...

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  • 23. Be prepared for the crowds

    Mark and I traveled to Machu Picchu in January which is the low season for tourists. But even in the off season remember Machu Picchu is the most visited...

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  • 24. Forget everything else and just enjoy the view

    Most people traveling to Machu Picchu do a lot of research in advance. After reading all of the books and internet sites, after studying the history, take some...

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  • 25. Waina Pichu Peru

    Not everyone who visit Machu Pichu climb Waina Pichu as most of them are unaware about this other hill and most visitors are informed only when they reach the...

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