Machu Picchu travel guide

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You're Going to Love Machu Picchu

There's nowhere on earth like Machu Picchu. Located in the mountains of Peru, the city was constructed by the Inca Empire at an altitude of 7,900 feet. Even to this day, no one knows for sure why they risked their lives to build such a dramatic fortress, but one thing's certain: anyone who visits this magical site will be glad that they did.

Perched atop sheer mountain cliffs, Machu Picchu is astounding, even before you learn its huge stone slabs were put together without any mortar. Visitors can take photos of the Urubamba River far below, climb nearby Huayna Picchu for breathtaking views, and tour the various buildings, including the Temple of the Sun.

One of mankind's greatest and most mysterious engineering achievements, Machu Picchu is sure to leave everyone spellbound.

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When to Visit Machu Picchu

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The rainy season in Machu Picchu officially begins in October and runs until April, but November to March are easily the wettest months. July and August are the peak months, when crowds can make it harder to enjoy the ruins at their best, so think about visiting in September or late spring.

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Where to Stay in Machu Picchu

There are no hotels at the Machu Picchu site itself, but Aguas Calientes has some excellent places to stay. At the top of the scale, Inkaterra blends gourmet dining with facilities like hot tubs. A popular mid-range option is La Cabana, which suits backpackers and younger visitors, while Andina Luxury offers comfortable suites that will appeal to families.

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Shopping Streets

Machu Picchu and Aguas Calientes are not major shopping destinations. There are plenty of souvenir stalls selling everything from rugs and hats to jewelry and pan pipes. The Mercado in Aguas Calientes is the place to go, but be ready to pay tourist prices.

Groceries and Other Necessities

If you want to buy fresh fruit and vegetables, the Mercado (opposite the station) is the best place to look. This is where locals shop, and you should be able to stock up on healthy food relatively cheaply.

Where to Eat in Machu Picchu

Indio Feliz is the best restaurant in Aguas Calientes, serving high-quality Peruvian food and beers from around the world. If you want a really good pizza, Incontri del pueblo Viejo is the place to go while La Boulangerie de Paris is a slice of Paris transplanted to the Urubamba Valley. Expect to pay around S/10 for a pizza and up to S/20 at restaurants like Indio Feliz.