The Mysteries of Machu Picchu
Since its discovery in the early 20th century, Machu Picchu has taken off as a world destination, being named year after year as a best travel destination and one of...
One of the must-see spots in Cusco is Machu Picchu, also considered one of the Seven World Wonders, a place you will be able to discover if you set your mind to it.
Due to its location, the Machu Picchu citadel used to be hidden from the Spaniards, this is the reason it was maintained intact until the American explorer Hiram Bingham made the decision of showing the world where “paradise” was (referring to the citadel).
Currently, this ‘World Wonder’ is very busy with tourists and this is why we have prepared a guide so you can enjoy your stay and have a better idea of how to choose a tour to Machu Picchu. Are you ready?
The entrance to Machu Picchu is unique. As soon as you arrive you feel the mysticism that encaptures the place. You will be surprised by the grandeur of its structure.
The construction goes back to the XV century; and its purpose, till this day, is an enigma to humanity. There are records that only nobles, priests, and the “aqllas” (also called Virgins of the Sun) lived here.
Outside of the citadel were the peasants that labored the fields. Machu Picchu was divided into three areas: two of them were inhabited and one was used as a farming space made of an ample agricultural system and irrigation channels.
Keep in mind that, if you choose to travel to Machu Picchu, the best option is to purchase an organized tour. There are two types of tours:
Before planning your trip to Machu Picchu, remember that what is most important is the date. You need to have information on how to get there, which hotel is best, and the activities you can partake in during your stay in Cusco.
It is true there are too many options to consider, but it is vital to have a good idea of what you want.
If you are still having doubts, a quick solution is to wake up in Machu Picchu Town and enjoy a delicious breakfast at the Aguas Calientes market. The rest will depend on you and how adventurous you are feeling.
Once you have made up your mind, keep the following aspects present when traveling on a tour to Machu Picchu:
Did you know there are many interesting sites you can visit once you enter Machu Picchu? We have made a list you can include in your itinerary:
It is considered the most important temple of all of Machu Picchu since the major ceremonies and rituals of the city took place here.
Surrounded by some of the most amazing buildings of all of Machu Picchu like the Temple of Three Windows or the Priest’s House, it is considered the main worship site of the city.
Even though it is not located in the Sacred Plaza, it is considered important because it is located beneath it. According to studies, the structures that are inside prove it was a funeral wake for the dead that belonged to the city’s elite.
Of all of the buildings you will see in Machu Picchu, the Temple of the Sun is the biggest and has the best location.
The Huayna Picchu Mountain (Wayna Pikchu in Quechua) is one of the most impressive tourist attractions of Machu Picchu. Walking to the top is one of the most reassuring experiences you will have during the trip.
Machu Picchu hides many mysteries, among them is The Secret Door. The French Engineer, David Crespy, made the discovery of the place located underneath the precinct of The Three Fronts.
After several investigations using infrared light and ultrasonic bounce, the conclusion was made that The Secret Door perhaps guides to a precinct with abundant gold, silver, and mummies.
If you have an idea of what you wish to do and see on a tour to Machu Picchu, it is indispensable to plan ahead.
Now is your opportunity to live face-to-face one of the most incredible experiences of all; explore part of our tradition and fall in love with the land and its one-of-a-kind beauty.