Everything You Need to Know About Machu Picchu











Getting to Machu Picchu

The journey to Machu Picchu is part of the adventure that comes with visiting this beautiful site. Here we have attempted to provide you with all the details (including relevant links) you will need to reach Machu Picchu.

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What is Machu Picchu?

All kinds of theories suggest the original purpose of Machu Picchu. Some hypothesize it was a retreat for Incan royals; others believe it was a place for the Incan virgins to live; and more put forward it was agricultural experiment or even created by aliens. The list goes on…

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Your Perfect Day at Machu Picchu

The key to having a great experience at Machu Picchu is to maximize your time. More likely than not, you have traveled extensively just to get to Cusco, Peru, and the one place you don’t want to cut any corners is at the Lost City of the Incas.

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6 Essential Items for a Visit to Machu Picchu

Machu Picchu is a magical place. Many visitors report a feeling of peace, energy, and mystery. Yet, if sufficient preparations are not made, it can be an experience of fatigue, pain, and anxiety.

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Where to Get Your Passport Stamped

The simple answer: look to your left just after the park entrance. But getting your passport stamped at Machu Picchu is about so much more. It is evidence of the great journey you just made.

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What is Huayna Picchu?

In the backdrop of every Machu Picchu picture is the jagged mountain of Huayna Picchu. In Quechua it means “New Mountain” (whereas Machu Picchu means “Old Mountain”).

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3 Tips for Hiking Huayna Picchu

Each day at Machu Picchu, 400 people are permitted to hike Huayna Picchu, the famous jagged mountain that looms behind the “Lost City”. Featuring original Incan stairways and ruins, hikers around the world try to secure entrance tickets to experience Huayna Picchu firsthand.

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What is the Inca Trail?

The Inca Trail is world famous, and for good reason. It is a section of thousands and thousands of miles of Incan “roads” that provided transportation throughout the entire Tahauantinsuyo (Incan Kingdom). The most exclusive road, reserved only for Incan royalty, is The Inca Trail.

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