Often mistakenly referred to as the “Lost City of the Incas”, it is the most familiar icon of Inca civilization. Rising 2,430 meters above the jungle floor of the Peruvian Urubamba region, Machu Picchu stands as testimony to the Incan Empire that flourished here in the 15th century.
The ancient city is a world famous archeological site, spanning 32,500 hectares of Andean mountains and valleys belonging to the upper Amazon basin. The rugged terrain and richly diverse natural resources of this area were impressively cultivated and constructed by the Incas into one of the most stunning urban creations yet uncovered by explorers.
You can reach the ruins a few ways: by train or bus to the small valley town below its mountainous setting, or via the famous Inca Trail itself, which requires hiking for 2 or 4 days through the countryside, jungle and parts of the Andes. Don’t worry; hired porters will carry your bags if you opt for the latter.
No matter how one arrives, the act of witnessing this spectacular site leaves even the most experienced explorers feeling giddy with amazement at the wonders of ancient human civilization
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