Every day many tourist looks for a Peru travel Machu Picchu, because this is one of the most famous tourist attractions in our country. The Lost City of the Incas is one of the New Seven Wonders of the World.

Machu Picchu is open from 6am to 6pm. We suggest leaving the extra luggage at the storage of your hotel in Cusco and just carrying a small bag and to be prepared to start a wonderful journey. There are different train classes, you can chose the one you prefer, the train takes around 4 hours to get to Machu Picchu Town , then you have to take a bus to get to the ruins this takes around 20 minutes. Upon there you will have a guided tour, and know more about the Incas culture and enjoy the view of this sanctuary. After the tour you can stay in the ruins, until the last bus departs. The last buses depart from Machu Picchu at about 5:30pm, be sure to check the time of the last bus as it can be a long walk back to Aguas Calientes if you miss it (well about 1 hour if you follow the more direct route rather than follow the road).

Machu Picchu in Quechua means “Old Mountain”. The first Inca of Tawantinsuyu, Pachacutec, ordered the construction of an urban complex with civil and religious luxury buildings of civil and religious.

Machu Picchu is located 2,400 meters above sea level, on top of a plateau between two peaks, the smaller Huayna Picchu.

The weather is hot and humid during the day and cool at night. The temperature ranges between 12 and 24 degrees Celsius. The area is generally rainy, especially between November and March. The rains, which are heavy, rapidly alternate with moments of intense sunshine.
Some references indicate that a lessee of land from Cusco, Agustin Lizarraga, arrived at Machu Picchu on 14 July 1902 with Gabino Sanchez, Enrique Palma and Justo Ochoa. The visitors left their names written on one of the walls of the Temple of the Three Windows, which was later verified by several people.

The American Hiram Bingham heard about Lizárraga from their contacts with the local landowners. That was how the professor came to Machu Picchu on 24 July 1911. Bingham was very impressed and managed the auspices of Yale University, the National Geographic Society and the Peruvian government to immediately initiate the scientific study of the site. Bingham led archaeological works in Machu Picchu in 1912-1915 periods when cleared weeds and Inca tombs were excavated. Machu Picchu was released worldwide in 1913 with the publication of an article in National Geographic magazine.

Bingham did not discover Machu Picchu in the strict sense of the word but there is no doubt that he was the first person to recognize the importance of the ruins, and making studies about it and reporting their findings. Despite the archaeological criteria used were not the most appropriate from today’s perspective.

Machu Picchu became the main destination of Peru, especially since the opening in 1948 of a road that ascended the mountain slope to the ruins from the train station. However, its interest in tourist development was greater than the conservation and study of the ruins, but this did not stop some researchers advance in solving the mysteries of Machu Picchu.

Machu Picchu is on the List of World Heritage of UNESCO since 1983. And the July 7, 2007 Machu Picchu was declared one of the new seven wonders of the modern world in a ceremony in Lisbon.


Backpacker: For adventure passengers seeking comfort and security. The Backpacker service has air conditioning, heating and panoramic windows to appreciate the landscape and to take wonderful photos.

Vistadome: It has panoramic windows that make passengers feel part of the landscape and to enjoy the beautiful scenery. Also you during the trip you will enjoy snacks and hot and cold drinks. It has onboard entertainment

Hiram Bingham: It is an exclusive service, where you will have an unforgettable experience. All services are first class. This train is distinguished by their blue and gold colors. It is consider as one of the best journeys in 2008 bye the Italian Class Magazine.

Note that you must buy the ticket in advance since it has a limit of maximum 2000 visitors per day


* Prices in Machu Picchu are very expensive, so it is recommendable carry bottled water and some snacks
* It is always good to bring some cash.
* Bring repellent and sunscreen.
* Bring extra batteries for your camera
* Bring comfortable shoes and a backpack for storing clothes, in the early morning is cold, and from noon hot.
* Bring a rain coat in case you are planning to travel from December to March.
* During the rainy season carry a bag to protect your camera and also replacement clothing or a towel to dry.


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