Discovered about 105 years ago by an American explorer named Hiram Bingham, Machu Picchu is one of the Eight Wonders of the World. This archeological site is a truly enigmatic travel destination, which is splendidly situated at 2430 meters above the sea level, in the Cusco region of Peru, South America. Machu Picchu is a truly beautiful destination that is among the most visited tourist attractions of South America. It is believed that the Machu Picchu was established during the thriving era of Inca Empire (1438-1472). Constructed in the traditional Inca style with polished dry-stone walls, this centuries old archeological site is known to be the largest Incan settlement which was never founded by the Spanish during Spanish Conquest.
Surrounded by a tropical forest, Machu Picchu is located on the east side of the Andes Mountains. It is a UNESCO World Heritage Site that rests on an exceptional enclave where visitors arriving early can walk through the morning fog that hugs the intricate ruins. The moment sun rises and warms the entire structures of the site; the fog disappears, revealing amazing views of its 700 terraces.
The most remarkable thing about this exceptional settlement is that, it was planned in such a way that kept a perfect interface between man and his natural milieu. Owing to its brilliant architecture, well planned residential complexes in the harmony of nature and natural environment, Machu Picchu is also referred to as the "City of Incas" and the most prominent icon of Incan civilization. If you are amazed with this destination and planning to make a visit to Machu Picchu, here are a few handy notes that you may refer!
The best time to visit this breathtaking UNESCO Heritage site is between May and October. However, Cuzco-the ancient capital of the Incan Empire, where all trips to Machu Picchu starts is visited by largest number of tourists during the Inti Raymi (winter solstice) Festival. So, plan your visit accordingly.
The nearest base destination of Machu Picchu is Lima. You can book flights for any airline flying to Lima. However from Lima, you will have to take a one-hour flight over the Andes to Cuzco which is serviced by local service providers such as Aero-Continente and Lan Peru. One can board a taxi from the airport to reach his place of staying. It is highly suggested for all travelers for making their entire bookings in advance. The location of Machu Picchu is at a high altitude, which makes people take rest for a few hours to become used to of the air pressure and environment. Moreover, it is highly advised that you should avoid meat, alcohol and smoking and take only light food on first day. But if still you feel dizzy you can try local remedy "mate de coca" which is a tea made from the coca leaf. In order to reach Machu Pichhu from Cuzco, there are two options available: through helicopter service or train.
Machu Picchu is a mysterious city that gives its visitors lots of mysterious places to explore. There are some attractions here that you shouldn't miss. To name a few, Sun Gate (Inti Punku), Temple of the Sun, Intihuatana, Temple of the Three Windows, Main Temple and Temple of the Condor are amongst them. Apart from visiting these places, you can further explore the natural beauty and scenic landscapes of the location. Enticed to visit this mysterious tourist destination in Peru? Explore your choice of international flight deals with EaseMyTrip and experience the mystery of Machu Picchu in person.