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Machu Picchu



Machu Picchu

Machu Picchu stands 7,677 ft above sea-level, in the middle of a tropical mountain forest, in a breathtaking setting with views for miles. It was probably the most amazing urban creation of the Inca Empire at its height. Its giant walls, terraces and ramps seem as if they where cut naturally out of the continuous rock escarpments. The natural setting, on the eastern slopes of the Andes, encompasses the upper Amazon basin with its rich diversity of flora and fauna.


Embedded within a dramatic landscape at the meeting point between the Peruvian Andes and the Amazon Basin, the Historic Sanctuary of Machu Picchu is among the greatest artistic, architectural and land use achievements in the world and the most significant tangible legacy of the Inca civilization. Recognized for outstanding cultural and natural values, the mixed World Heritage property covers 80,536 acres of mountain slopes, peaks and valleys that surround its heart, the spectacular archaeological monument of “La Ciudadela” (the Citadel) at more than 7,874 ft above sea level. Built in the fifteenth century, Machu Picchu was abandoned when the Inca Empire was conquered by the Spaniards in the sixteenth century. It was not until 1911 that the archaeological complex was made known to the outside world.

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The approximately 200 structures making up this outstanding religious, ceremonial, astronomical and agricultural center are set on a steep ridge, crisscrossed by stone terraces. The ruins layout shows a rigorous plan that divides the city into a lower and upper part, separating the farming from residential areas, with a large square between the two. To this day, many of Machu Picchu’s mysteries remain unresolved, including the exact role it may have played in the Incas’ sophisticated understanding of astronomy and domestication of wild plant species.


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The massive yet refined architecture of Machu Picchu blends exceptionally well with the stunning mountainous environment, with which it is intricately linked. Numerous adjacent structures, an extensive road and trail system and irrigation canals and agricultural terraces bear witness to longstanding human use. The rugged topography makes some areas difficult to access and has resulted in a mosaic of used areas and diverse natural habitats. The grasslands, Polylepis thickets and montane cloud forests of the Andes eastern slopes are known to hold a rich biodiversity of global importance. Despite its small size, Machu Picchu's property contributes to conserving a very rich habitat and species diversity with remarkable endemic and relict flora and fauna.




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Machu Picchu Accommodations



Sumaq Machu Picchu

Sumaq Machu Picchu
Sumaq Machu Picchu Hotel is a luxury property with rooms and shared areas, which has been recently refurbished inspired on the millenary Andean Culture. Sumaq offers an impressive view of the mountains and most of the beautiful landscapes, excellent service, authentic Peruvian cuisine, and the mystic connection with local traditions.

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Machu Picchu Pueblo Hotel

Machu Picchu Pueblo Hotel
Stay at Inkaterra Machu Picchu Hotel, your ultimate cloud forest vacation paradise, an intimate 81-casitas luxury hotel in sprawling Andean style village within the secluded 12 acres of exquisite beauty. Suites feature a variety of amenities, but all are en suite, with sitting areas, hypoallergenic pillows and linens, decorated with local crafts and eucalyptus beams.

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El Mapi at Machu Picchu

El Mapi at Machu Picchu
Step into the chic, contemporary and cozy confines of El MaPi, amidst the hustle and bustle of Machu Picchu Pueblo (formerly called Aguas Calientes). The atmosphere is lively and friendly and you are welcomed along with other global guests looking for a relaxed and convenient location to the citadel of Machu Picchu.

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