These magnificent ruins of an ancient Incan village, gloriously perched high on a jungle-covered mountaintop with a river flowing down at the base, are uniquely accessed by one of the most well-known hikes in the world, the legendary Inca Trail. This scenic trail is known to be quite a demanding few days, starting from the base near Cusco, but worth the effort when you reach your reward at the top. Note that there is a bus that will take you up for those who may find it too physically demanding or who don’t have the time to hike.
Whatever its origins, the Inca turned the site into a small (5 square miles) but extraordinary city. Invisible from below and completely self-contained, surrounded by agricultural terraces sufficient to feed the population, and watered by natural springs, Machu Picchu seems to have been utilized by the Inca as a secret ceremonial city. Two thousand feet above the rumbling Urubamba river, the cloud shrouded ruins have palaces, baths, temples, storage rooms and some 150 houses, all in a remarkable state of preservation.
Magic of Machu Picchu!
Vacation in Machu Picchu