Gate in Machu Picchu


The Inca Trail ends after its final descent from the notch in the horizon called Intipunku (Sun Gate). Looking at the hill behind you as you enter the ruins, you can see both the trail and Intipunku. This hill, call…
Archaeological Site in Machu Picchu

Machu Picchu Historical Sanctuary

Entrance tickets often sell out: buy them in advance in Cuzco. Guests can only enter until 4pm though those inside are not expelled until 5pm. Check for changes in online purchasing: it is possible to use debit card…
Plaza in Machu Picchu

Central Plaza

The plaza separates the ceremonial sector from the residential and industrial areas.
Archaeological Site in Machu Picchu

Museo de Sitio Manuel Chávez Ballón

Don't miss the new Museo de Sitio Manuel Chávez Ballón by Puente Ruinas at the base of the footpath to Machu Picchu. Buses headed back from the ruins to Aguas Calientes will stop upon request at the bridge…
Ruins in Machu Picchu

Hut of the Caretaker of the Funerary Rock

An excellent viewpoint to take in the whole site. It’s one of a few buildings that has been restored with a thatched roof, making it a good shelter in the case of rain. The Inca Trail enters the city just below this…
Ruins in Machu Picchu


This Quechua word loosely translates as the ‘Hitching Post of the Sun’ and refers to the carved rock pillar, often mistakenly called a sundial, at the top of the Intihuatana hill. The Inca astronomers were able to p…
Archaeological Site in Machu Picchu


Towards the end of the Inca Trail, you'll reach the beautiful, well-restored ruin of Phuyupatamarka (Town Above the Clouds), about 3600m (11,811ft) above sea level, which contains a stunning series of ceremonial bat…
Ruins in Machu Picchu

Principal Temple

The ‘temple’ derives its name from the massive solidity and perfection of its construction. The damage to the rear right corner is the result of the ground settling below this corner rather than any inherent weaknes…
Ruins in Machu Picchu

Royal Tomb

Below the Temple of the Sun, this almost hidden, natural rock cave was carefully carved by Inca stonemasons. Its use is highly debated; though known as the Royal Tomb, no mummies were actually ever found here.
Plaza in Machu Picchu

Sacred Plaza

Climbing the stairs above the ceremonial baths, there is a flat area of jumbled rocks, once used as a quarry. Turn right at the top of the stairs and walk across the quarry on a short path leading to the four-sided …