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Machu Picchu


Machu Picchu

This citadel, on the top of the mountain Machu Picchu, is believed to have been built by the Incas in the second half of the 15th century, for reasons still not clearly established. It is the biggest tourist attraction of the country, and one of the most important architecture jewels of the world. The city is divided into an agricultural and an urban area. The first area is highlighted by an outstanding network of trails and artificial terraces, and the second boasts temples, monuments and funerary chambers.


Department
Cusco
Location
120 km (75 mi) northeast of Cusco
When to go
May and June
Attractions
Flora and fauna, picturesque route, national parks, archaeological sites, urban culture.
How to get there
By train from San Pedro's Station in Cusco (everyday). Flying on helicopter from el Cusco (Heli Cusco) to Aguas Calientes.
Activities
Hiking, photography, wildlife observation, cultural and historic journey.
Services
Lodging, roads, transportation
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