Machu Picchu (Peru)

Machu Picchu Travel Guide and Trip Resources

Pedro Szekely

Icon of the Inca civilization

Machu Picchu is the top sight in Peru, one of the top attractions in South America and perhaps even the world. This archaeological site is located in the Cusco region of Peru and spectacularly sits on top of a mountain peak at an altitude of over 2,400 meters. It was constructed by the Incas in the mid 15th century as an estate for their emperor (Pachacuti) and other elite Incas. Or so goes the commonly accepted theory, but there are others. After the Spanish Conquest the site was abandoned.

You can get here by hiking (the famed Inca trail or otherwise), but the most common way is by train from nearby Ollantaytambo or Cusco. This is quite a spectacular train ride and brigns you to the foot of the ruins at Aguas Calientes. The high season runs from May to September, so if you want to explore the ruins in relative peace, find a different period to travel in. [Review by travelindicator]

Key info

  • Machu Picchu is a region in Peru. It is situated at an altitude of 8015ft and the best airport to fly into is CUZ (Velazco Astete, Cuzco)
  • The currency used in Peru is the Peruvian nuevo sol (PEN)

Machu Picchu Weather

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Historical average rainfall per month (inches):

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