10 activities to do in Machu Picchu
Do you plan on traveling to Machu Picchu on your next trip to Peru? Did you know that is there is more to see while visiting Machu Picchu than meets the eye? Sure, you must visit the main site, as it is a testament to the Inca and their brilliant building skills. But when you visit Machu Picchu, you will marvel at the location of the site and the stories that you will hear from you guide. You will see the man made wonder of Machu Picchu and the natural beauty of the surrounding mountains and understand why the Inca chose to build this sacred site on the side of the mountain. Some of the history you will learn about includes facts about Machu Picchu such as how it had remained hidden in the jungle for centuries before an American college professor discovered the ruins in 1911. However, here we will give you some other things to do in Machu Picchu to make the most of your trip.
There are many different sites to see at luxury Machu Picchu but we will give you ten that should not be missed when visiting the Inca Citadel.
The Sun Gate
Number 1. The Sun Gate or Inti Punku is one of the most important features of Machu Picchu. The path to and from the Sun Gate was used by the Incas to enter and exit the city. From the Sun Gate, on a clear day you can get a good view of the ruins. The gate is also used today as entry to Machu Picchu for the people hiking along the Inca Trail.
Number 2. Climb to Huayna Picchu, to see the world’s photo view of Machu Picchu. You will need to buy your tickets in advance as these sell quickly, but the experience is really worth the time, money and the effort expended to reach the site.
Number 3. The Inca Bridge, is the secret entrance to the ruins for the Inca army. The bridge is carved into the cliff and has an extremely large drop to deter enemies.
Number 4. The Royal Tombs or Palace of the Princess, located near the Sun Temple. When Hiram Bingham discovered the tomb, he remarked that it was the finest example of Inca stonework in South America.
Number 5. Intihuatana, probably one of the most recognizable locations in Machu Picchu, the people used this giant rock as a sundial to predict the solstices. Also known as the hitching post of the sun, there are several similar versions located at other Inca ruins around South America.
Number 6. The Watchman’s Hut, this is the first thing that you will see when you enter Machu Picchu. The hut provides a perfect view over Machu Picchu and is one of the best scenic places for photos to be taken.
Temple of the Sun
Number 7. Temple of the Sun, featuring some of the finest stonework, the temple is next to the fountain and was used as an astronomical observatory.
Temple of the Three Windows
Number 8. The Temple of the Three Windows, located in the royal sector, the temple is made of much larger stones; the temple has three windows that frame the mountain perfectly.
Manuel Chavez Balloon Museum,
Number 9. Manuel Chavez Balloon Museum, this museum is thirty minutes’ walk from Aguas Clients and not many people get to see it. Learn about the discovery and history of Machu Picchu and see the 1913 National Geographic, which features Hiram Bingham’s discovery of Machu Picchu.
Machu Picchu Mountain
Number 10. Hike to Machu Picchu Mountain, not as popular as the Huayna Picchu trek, the Mountain is a lovely way to spend a few hours of your time at Machu Picchu. The return trek takes around 3 hours and you will experience the freedom of a quiet trip without crowds. When you reach the mountain, there are plenty of photo opportunities to be taken advantage of.
There is an abundance of great things to do in Machu Picchu, so be sure to do some research on what you want to see at the fabulous Inka site.
There are many great hotels to stay at on your Luxury Machu Picchu tour. If you like luxury then at the gates of Machu Picchu there is the Belmond Sanctuary hotel, complete with luxury and great benefits that are not available to other travelers.
In the town of Aguas Calientes, which is located at the bottom of Machu Picchu, there are several five star properties on offer. Including the Machu Picchu Pueblo Hotel, which has some of the prettiest gardens in Peru. If you do not want to stay at a luxury hotel, then there are plenty of other hotels on offer, from budget backpackers to lovely four-star properties.
The town of Aguas Calientes itself is a quaint village, featuring many different restaurants and the train stations that connects Machu Picchu to Cusco. There are many trains which travel to Machu Picchu that you can take; Machu Picchu luxury travel being one company that we highly recommend. If you want complete luxury then take the wonderful Belmond Hiram Bingham, where you will be spoilt the whole way to Machu Picchu.
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