Do you plan on traveling to Machu Picchu on your next trip to Peru? Did you know that there is more to see while visiting Machu Picchu than meets the eye? Well sure, you must visit the main site, as it is a testament to the Inca and their brilliant building skills and 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 learn the history of Machu Picchu.
However, this article will detail some of the other things to consider including in your unique trip to Machu Picchu.
There are many different sites to explore at the wondrous Machu Picchu, below we have listed for you ten sites that should not be missed when visiting the Inca Citadel.
- 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 travel in and out of the city. On a clear day, from the Sun gate, you can get a good view of the ruins. The gate is also used today as the entry point into Machu Picchu for people taking the four day hike along the Inca Trail.
- Climb to Huayna Picchu, to see observe the well known of Machu Picchu that the world has come to know today. If you wish to climb Huayna Picchu, you will need to buy your tickets in advance as these sell quickly. Journeying to this part of Macchu Picchu is well worth the time, money and effort.
- The Inca Bridge; the secret entrance to the ruins for the Inca army, the bridge is carved into the cliff and has an extremely large drop, made to deter the enemy.
- The Royal Tombs or Palace of the Princess, located near the Sun Temple. When Hiram Bingham discovered the tomb in 1911, he remarked that it was the finest example of Inca stonework in South America, missing out on this part of the historical wonder would be a mistake.
- Intihuatana, probably the most recognizable locations in Machu Picchu. The Inca 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.
- The Watchman’s Hut, this is the first thing you will see when you enter Machu Picchu. The hut provides visitors with a perfect view over Machu Picchu and is one of the best places for photo opportunities.
- Temple of the Sun, featuring some of the finest stonework in the site, the temple is next to the fountain and was used as an astronomical observatory.
- The Temple of the Three Windows, located in the royal sector. Like all buildings in the royal sector, the Temple of Three Windows is made of much larger stones; the temple has three windows that frame the mountain perfectly.
- The Manuel Chavez Balloon Museum, this museum is thirty minutes walk from Aguas Clients and not many people get to see it whilst visiting Machu Picchu. Here, you can learn about the discovery and history of Machu Picchu and see the 1913 National Geographic, which features Hiram Bingham’s discovery of Machu Picchu.
- Hike Machu Picchu Mountain. Whilst the mountain is not as popular as the Huayna Picchu trek, it is a lovely way to spend a few hours of your time at Machu Picchu. The return trek takes around 3 hours and the benefit of this hike is that you will not experience any crowds. When you reach the mountain, there are plenty of photo opportunities for you to take advantage of.
The options are endless at Machu Picchu, so make sure to do some research on some of the many activities available to get ready for your trip to the fabulous Inka site.
There are many great hotels for you to choose from to stay at during your Luxury Machu Picchu tour. If you like luxury, than at the gates of Machu Picchu there is the Belmond Sanctuary hotel, which is the pinnacle of luxury with great benefits that are not available outside of Machu Picchu.
In the town of Aguas Calientes, which is located at the bottom of Machu Picchu, there are several five star properties on offer. These include the Machu Picchu Pueblo Hotel, which has some of the prettiest gardens in Peru. If you wish to put your hard earned dollars toward activities over sleeping arrangements, than there are plenty of other hotels on offer, catered to all travellers.
The town of Aguas Calientes itself is a quaint village, featuring many different restaurants as well as the train stations that connects Machu Picchu with Cusco. There are many different trains to choose from to get to Machu Picchu. If you want complete luxury then take the wonderful Belmond Hiram Bingham, where you will be spoilt across your entire journey to Machu Picchu.
Travel to Peru and Machu Picchu, an experience you will not soon forget.