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#6 of 180 Places To Visit in Peru
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Aguas Calientes, Peru
contact
+511-57-48000
entry fee
Soles 128
per person for adults
timings
Students get a 50% discount of all entrance tickets. Your best bet is to show an ISIC card

about machu picchu

‘Lost city of the Incas,’ is the phrase which is often used to refer to Machu Picchu, which is a phenomenal reservoir of ruins of the lost civilization. The city is located at about 7000 m above sea level, and is surrounded by the Urubamba Valley. Although it has been through a phenomenal amount of degradation owing to changes in climatic conditions from time to time - harsh winds, earthquakes, among other factors, to name a few, the ruins still retain a sense of forlorn beauty.

History

Machu Picchu was declared a Peruvian Historical Sanctuary in 1981 and a UNESCO World Heritage Site in 1983. Since it was not plundered by the Spanish when they conquered the Incas, it is especially important as a cultural site and is considered a sacred place.Machu Picchu was built in the classical Inca style, with polished dry-stone walls. Its primary buildings are the Sun Gate, The Sun Temple, Intihuatana, Room of the Three Windows, Main Temple and Temple of the Condor

Some believe, that this site was an estate built for the rulers of the civilization, while several other archaeologists explain that the pattern of the various architectural forms, suggest that this was home to a very disciplined populous. The forms and setting of the buildings are in sync with the functionality that the space around it offers. Religious, urban and agricultural areas are the broad divisions that one can clearly see. While the lower slopes catered to farming practices, and irrigation systems, the upper areas were fit for living and the areas atop crests of hills were devoted to nirvana seekers and other religious or spiritual seekers.


Interesting Facts

1.) Be sure to bring your passport, as it is requested upon entry. There's a popular stamp booth as you exit where you can prove to your friends you've been there, though it is technically illegal to mark your own passport.

2.)Only small packs are allowed in the park (no more than 20 litres), but there is a luggage storage at the entrance mostly used by Inca Trailers

3.)Only 2,500 people are allowed to enter Machu Picchu each day. 


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