An adventurous journey to this uninhabited Incan citadel is one that should be on your travel bucket list.
Machu Picchu sits atop a mountain and overlooks a breathtaking landscape, and anyone who flies to Peru and misses the opportunity to hike up to this UNESCO World Heritage site would be making the biggest mistake of their lives.
A tip often given to visitors is that they have to undergo acclimation to get used to the high altitude and thinner air before embarking on a trek to Machu Picchu (located nearly 8,000 feet above sea level), which means they’re advised to spend a night or two at the nearest town Aguas Calientes (at 6,700 feet) after a scenic three and a half-hour train ride from Cuzco.
Exploring the citadel’s entirety is a challenge. It has 3,000 stone steps you have to climb to get to the many different levels and you’ll be navigating your way past hundreds of other tourists. But to be able to stand in the midst of Machu Picchu’s ancient walls, stairways, terraces, and ramps — remnants of a civilization long gone — will be an experience that will be etched in your memory forever.
Thinking of booking a trip to the pride of Peru? Let this video convince you to take that adventure of a lifetime.
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