Introducing Machu Picchu
For many visitors to Peru and even South America, a visit to the Inca city of Machu Picchu is the long-anticipated highpoint of their trip. In a spectacular location, it’s the best-known archaeological site on the continent. This awe-inspiring ancient city was never revealed to the conquering Spaniards and was virtually forgotten until the early part of the 20th century. In the high season, from late May until early September, 2500 people arrive daily. Despite this great tourist influx, the site manages to retain an air of grandeur and mystery, and is a must for all visitors to Peru.
The site is most heavily visited between 10am and 2pm. June through August are the busiest months.
Best places to stay in Machu Picchu
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Machu Picchu update
South America's most popular attraction -- the 15th-century Incan site known as Machu Picchu -- was hit by a mudslide in January that killed several tourists (updated from 'a few' thanks to comments; official statistics are hard to come by), stranded hundreds of others, destroyed the homes of many more locals, and caused some...