Machu Picchu

The most visited destination in South America, due to its archaeological mystery and scenic beauty, has become a tourist destination that everyone should and want to visit once in a lifetime.

The most attractive of Machu Picchu, in addition to the trails to get there, is the landscape made up of the lithic architecture made by the Incas and the landscape of the environment dominated by the buttresses of the mountains that are inhabited by thousands of endemic species of flora and fauna like the spectacled bear, the cock-of-the-rock bird and orchids.

Location and how to get to Machu Picchu

It is located in the south of Peru, in the Cusco region 70 km away from this city. But to get there, you travel approximately 100 km due to the mountainous geography of the area.

To get there you must first arrive in the City of Cusco. From here you can take the train to the town of Aguas Calientes and from there to the Mountain where the Inca city of Machu Picchu is located.

The most recommended route is the one in which you go from Cusco to Ollantaytambo by car (86 km 1:20 hours), then board the train to Aguas Calientes (30 km 1:30 hours) and again by bus to the mountains Machu Picchu (9 km. 20 minutes).

There are two railway companies from Ollantaytambo to Aguas Calientes, Perurail and Incarail, with different schedules. The first train leaves at 6:00 am and the last train for Machu Picchu leaves at 9:00 pm.

Where to buy entrance to Machu Picchu and price 2020

You can buy the tourist ticket for Machu Picchu via the web on an official site administered by the Peruvian government. The costs for 2020 are:

AdultoStudent, childAdultoEstudiante, NiñoAdultoEstudiante, Niño
Ticket Machu Picchu65.00 USD39.00 USD35.00 USD25.00 USD28.00 USD19.00 USD
Ticket Machu Picchu + Huayna Picchu80.00 USD54.00 USD50.00 USD36.00 USD42.00 USD33.00 USD
Ticket Machu Picchu + Montaña80.00 USD54.00 USD50.00 USD36.00 USD42.00 USD33.00 USD

The Construction of Machu Picchu

The beautiful geography of Machu Picchu could only be built by Mother Nature and the gods. Instead the City of Machu Picchu is believed to have been built by the Incas around 1400 AD by the Inca Pachacutec who ruled at the time.

Agricultural sectors made up of terraces stand out, an urban sector with enclosures of different types, sacred temples and of course the Huayna Picchu.

Huayna Picchu

It is the adjoining mountain that is accessed from the urban sector of Machu Picchu through a narrow path that challenges those who love adventure and do not fear height or abyss, which is why their entry is restricted to 400 visitors per day.

The government, through its administration office, has regulations to access this sector, in which it contemplates that children under 12 years of age do not enter, they must avoid carrying canes and backpacks greater than 5 kg. Among other things.

The view from the top of Huayna Picchu is impressive and an unbeatable place to take photos, so demand is high and must be booked at least 6 months in advance.

Those who inhabited Machu Picchu

It is believed to have been inhabited by princesses and priests, as the architecture displays temples, rituals, and agricultural areas, thatched stone buildings, platforms, and aqueducts in a unique location that defies current understanding.