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Exploring the Mysterious Wonder of Machu Picchu

Machu Picchu is a mysterious place that awaits visitors, tucked away in the Andes' green peaks.We'll go far into this historic citadel in this comprehensive tour, revealing its well-kept secrets, revealing its fascinating history, and offering priceless insider knowledge to make sure your trip is nothing short of spectacular. Together, we will discover the treasures of Machu Picchu, so prepare yourself for the adventure of a lifetime.

1. Unlocking the Code: What Makes Machu Picchu a Wonder of the World? 


With its rich past and legacy, Machu Picchu is the jewel in the crown of the Inca Empire. It is still a source of fascination for travelers all over the world for the following reasons:

  • Historical Significance: 

Machu Picchu was a sacred sanctuary and the Inca civilization's administrative center dated back to the 15th century. However, it was abandoned and lost to the jungle until Hiram Bingham discovered it again in 1911.

  • Architectural Marvels: 

Machu Picchu displays the creativity and skilled craftsmanship of its ancient builders, providing a window into the sophisticated culture that once flourished here, with its finely carved stone terraces and astronomical observatories.

  • Cultural Legacy: 

As a UNESCO environment Heritage Site and one of the New Seven Wonders of the World, Machu Picchu is a tribute to the Inca civilization's enduring heritage and its deep relationship to the natural world. 

Hiram Bingham Foto Plaza mayor Machu Pichu
By: Hiram Bingham. The Main Temple, the Temple of the Three Windows, and the Intiwatana stone above the holy hilltop are only a few examples of the amazing architectural features of Machu Picchu's Sacred Plaza.

2. Organizing Your Journey: Crucial Advice for a Memorable Visit to Machu Picchu


To ensure your journey to Machu Picchu is seamless and rewarding, consider the following tips:

  • Booking Your Tickets: 

To secure admission to this historic location, get your entrance tickets well in advance, especially during busy times of the year. Take a look at the several ticket options, which include extra access to nearby sites and guided excursions.

Entrance Machu Picchu Solo (Circuits 1, 2, 3, or 4)
  • What's Included:
    • Visit to Machu Picchu.
    • Classic postcard photo of Machu Picchu.
  • Entry Schedule:
    • Schedule 1: Entry to Machupicchu from 6 to 7 am, 7 to 8 am, and 8 to 9 am.
    • Schedule 2: Entry to Machupicchu from 9 to 10 am, 10 to 11 am, and 11 am to 12 pm.
    • Schedule 3: Entry to Machupicchu from 12 to 1 pm, 1 to 2 pm, 2 to 3 pm, and 3 to 4 pm.
  • Approximately 2.5-hour visit on average.
  • Recommended to purchase 1 or 2 months in advance.
  • Ticket for all ages.
Entrance Machu Picchu + Huayna Picchu (Circuit 4)
  • What's Included:
    • Visit to Machu Picchu.
    • Visit to Huayna Picchu.
  • Entry Schedule:
    • Schedule 1: Entry to Machupicchu from 7 to 8 am / to Huaynapicchu from 8 to 9 am.
    • Schedule 2: Entry to Machupicchu from 8 to 9 am / to Huaynapicchu from 9 to 10 am.
    • Schedule 3: Entry to Machupicchu from 9 to 10 am / to Huaynapicchu from 10 to 11 am.
    • Schedule 4: Entry to Machupicchu from 10 to 11 am / to Huaynapicchu from 11 am to 12 pm.
  • Approximately 5-hour visit.
  • Recommended to purchase 1 or 2 months in advance.
  • Huayna Picchu only for ages 12 and above.
Entrance Machu Picchu + Mountain (Circuit 3)
  • What's Included:
    • Visit to Machu Picchu.
    • Visit to Machu Picchu Mountain.
  • Entry Schedule:
    • Schedule 1: Entry to Machupicchu from 7 to 8 am / to the Mountain from 8 to 9 am.
    • Schedule 2: Entry to Machupicchu from 9 to 10 am / to the Mountain from 10 to 11 am.
  • Approximately 6-hour visit.
  • Recommended to purchase 1 or 2 months in advance.
  • Machu Picchu Mountain suitable for visitors of all ages.
  • Allows 1 re-entry to Machu Picchu.
Entrance Machu Picchu + Inca Bridge (Circuit 1 or 2)
  • What's Included:
    • Visit to Machu Picchu.
    • Classic postcard photo.
    • Visit to the Inca Bridge.
  • Entry Schedule:
    • Schedule 1: Entry to Machupicchu from 7 to 8 am / 8 to 9 am / 9 to 10 am.
    • Schedule 2: Entry to Machupicchu from 10 to 11 am / 11 am to 12 pm / 12 to 1 pm.
    • Schedule 3: Entry to Machupicchu from 1 to 2 pm / 2 to 3 pm / 3 to 4 pm.
  • Approximately 2.5-hour visit on average.
  • Recommended to purchase 1 or 2 months in advance.
  • Ticket for all ages.
Entrance Machu Picchu + Huchuy Picchu (Circuit 4)
  • What's Included:
    • Visit to Machu Picchu.
    • Visit to Huchuy Picchu Mountain.
  • Entry Schedule:
    • Schedule 1: Entry to Machupicchu from 7 to 8 am / to Huchuypicchu from 8 to 9 am.
    • Schedule 2: Entry to Machupicchu from 8 to 9 am / to Huchuypicchu from 9 to 10 am.
    • Schedule 3: Entry to Machupicchu from 9 to 10 am / to Huchuypicchu from 10 to 11 am.
    • Schedule 4: Entry to Machupicchu from 10 to 11 am / to Huchuypicchu from 11 am to 12 pm.
    • Schedule 5: Entry to Machupicchu from 11 am to 12 pm / to Huchuypicchu from 12 to 1 pm.
  • Approximately 4-hour visit on average.
  • Recommended to purchase 1 month in advance.
  • Ticket for all ages.
  • Choosing Your Route: 

Familiarize yourself with the various trekking routes, such as the classic Inca Trail or the more challenging Salkantay Trek, and select the one that best suits your preferences and fitness level. Take into account factors such as duration, difficulty, and availability.

  • Preparing for Altitude: 

Machu Picchu sits at an elevation of 2,430 meters above sea level, so acclimatize accordingly by spending a few days in Cusco or the Sacred Valley before your visit. Stay hydrated, avoid alcohol and heavy meals, and listen to your body's signals to prevent altitude sickness.

Peru Rail Train from Cusco To Machu Picchu

3. Embarking on Your Machu Picchu Adventure: Exploring the Iconic Sites


Prepare to be mesmerized as you explore the legendary landmarks of Machu Picchu:

  • The Sacred Plaza: 

A bustling hub of religious ceremonies and communal gatherings, the Sacred Plaza lies at the heart of Machu Picchu, surrounded by temples and terraces. Immerse yourself in the spiritual ambiance as you admire the precision-cut stonework and intricate carvings that adorn this sacred space.

  • The Temple of the Sun: 

Dedicated to the Inca sun god Inti, this sacred sanctuary features intricately carved stone walls and a ceremonial altar, offering a glimpse into the spiritual beliefs of the Inca civilization. Marvel at the ingenuity of ancient architects as you contemplate the celestial alignments and astronomical symbolism embedded within its structure.

  • The Intihuatana Stone:  

Called the "Hitching Post of the Sun," this enigmatic stone construction was used as a solstices and equinox observation point and as an observatory for astronomy.  Touch the ancient stone and feel the energy of millennia-old traditions as you connect with the spiritual essence of Machu Picchu.

The temple of Sun Machu Picchu Cusco
PHOTOGRAPH BY ERIKA SKOGG, NAT GEO IMAGE COLLECTION

4. Packing for Perfection: Essential Gear for Your Machu Picchu Expedition


Make sure you have the following necessities for your trip to Machu Picchu:

  • Sturdy Footwear: 

Choosing robust hiking footwear with adequate ankle support will help you negotiate the rough paths and stairs of Machu Picchu. Select shoes that will give you stability and traction on uneven terrain so you can walk with comfort and security the entire way.

  • Layered Clothing: 

Wear lightweight, moisture-wicking clothing that is simple to add or remove as needed to be ready for changing weather. A breathable base layer should be the first garment you put on, followed by insulating mid-layers for warmth and a waterproof/windproof shell for weather protection.

  • Sun Protection: 

To avoid sunburn and dehydration, protect yourself from the strong Andean sun by wearing sunscreen, sunglasses, and a wide-brimmed hat. Use a large amount of sunscreen on exposed skin and reapply it every few hours to ensure that you are adequately protected from UV radiation.

Trecking in Machu Pichu

5. Discovering Machu Picchu's Secrets: Interesting Facts and Information

Explore Machu Picchu's mysteries further with these fascinating facts and ideas:

  • Llama Caravans: 

The Inca civilization relied on llamas as pack animals to transport goods and supplies along the rugged mountain trails of Machu Picchu, leaving behind intricate networks of stone-paved pathways known as "llama highways." Explore the remains of these historic trade routes and picture the thriving caravans that formerly used them to connect distant parts of the empire.

  • Astronomical Alignments:

The Inca people might have possessed a comprehensive understanding of astronomy and astronomical occurrences based on the design and orientation of Machu Picchu's architectural features, such as the Temple of the Sun and the Intihuatana Stone. Soak in the spiritual meaning attached to these celestial happenings as you marvel at the precision with which these constructions were positioned to commemorate important astronomical occasions, such the solstices and equinoxes.

  • Biological Diversity: 

In addition to its cultural significance, Machu Picchu is home to a wide range of flora and fauna, such as unique birds, rare orchids, and elusive Andean Take a moment to appreciate the natural beauty that surrounds you as you explore the lush cloud forests and mist-shrouded peaks that form the backdrop of this ancient citadel, pause to take in the majesty of nature and look for glimpses of rare fauna that calls this pristine environment home.

Machu Pichu Astronomical Mysteries
By Rob Petergill

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