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The Main Entrance To Machu Picchu
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Department of Cusco,
Urubamba Province, Peru

George & Eve DeLange

Map To Machu Picchu, Department of Cusco, Urubamba Province, Peru

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Traditional View Of Machu Picchu, From The Watchman's Hut. Wayna Piccu In The Background. Cusco, Peru Travels & Tours Pictures, Photos, Images, & Reviews.
Traditional View Of Machu Picchu.
From The Watchman's Hut
Wayna Piccu In The Background. April 16, 2006. About 10:00 AM.
Machu Picchu Site Map.  Cusco, Peru Travels & Tours Pictures, Photos, Images, & Reviews.
South East Side (Called Eastern Sector) Of Machu Picchu Site Map
Some References Call This General Area The Urban Sector.
When Using That Reference,
The Division Line Runs NW Of The Temple Of The Condor.
Machu Picchu Site Map.  Cusco, Peru Travels & Tours Pictures, Photos, Images, & Reviews.
North West Side (Called Western Sector) Of Machu Picchu Site Map
Some References Call This General Area The Agricultural Sector.
When Using That Reference,
The Division Line Runs SE Of The Temple Of The Condor.

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The most common route to Machu Picchu is by train that leaves Cuzco daily from the San Pedro Station next to the San Pedro market.

The train takes the tourist to Aguas Calientes is a very small town on the Urubamba River ( also called Vilcanota River) in Peru. Just about the only reason that tourists travel to Aguas Calientes is that it is a place where the tourist catches a bus to be transported to the ruins of Machu Picchu, which is 8 Km distant. As such, quite an industry has developed there which brings income to the local people in the area. Currently the government of Aguas Calientes prefers to call the town Machu Picchu.

Machu Picchu Sanctuary is located 120 km northwest of Cuzco high above the Urubamba Valley (name given to the Vilcanota Valley in this area) in the Vilcabamba highlands, the Inca citadel of Machu Picchu is one of the world's most important archaeological sites and Peru's premier tourist attraction.

Machu Picchu archaeological complex sits strategically atop the saddle of Mount Machu Picchu (“Old Peak” in Quechua) pronounced ( MAH-choo-PEEK-choo ), from which the citadel and the marvelous natural geology derive their name. Towering above the citadel is the imposing Wayna Picchu, sometimes called Huayna Picchu ('Young Peak') and other archaeological ruins. Both peaks are flanked by the raging Urubamba River, which flows East through the canyon about 1300 feet below the citadel.

United States anthropologist and Yale University professor Hiram Bingham, was the first non native to discover Machu Picchu, on July 24, 1911. Hiram Bingham was taken to the ruins by the local peasant farmer, Melchor Arteaga, who actually had discovered the ruins.

First scientific thought was that Machu Picchu was mysteriously built during the time of the Spanish Conquest. However, recent studies purport that Machu Picchu, contrary to what was previously thought, was built decades before the Conquest at the height of the Inca Empire (between the fifteenth and sixteenth centuries) as a ceremonial site related to the worship of the Inca's most important deities. Since its location, with an easterly and westerly view, allowed one to see both sunrise and sunset from the citadel, the site may have been used for rituals related to the worship of the sun and astrological observations. Access to the citadel is difficult, yet it went unknown during the Spanish Conquest, as the valley, known as the Tampu region, was controlled by Spanish plantation owners called encomenderos and corregidores. It is believed that Machu Picchu was gradually abandoned sometime between the seventeenth and eighteenth centuries and then later forgotten. Whether the citadel was a refuge for Inca rebels has not been proven.

Studies show that the citadel was built without interruption. The carved stone blocks used in the walls fit together so perfectly that a pin cannot enter into the crevices between them. Some of the outstanding features of Machu Picchu are the Royal Tombs (near the gateway to the citadel), the Temple of the Sun, the Intihuatana (“The Hitching Post Of The Sun” in Quechua), the Torreon or Tower (the only circular structure), the High Priests' Mansion, the Temple of the Three Windows, the Central Temple, the Sunken Square and the waterfalls and canals that make up the Inca Baths, sometimes called The Royal Baths..

Machu Picchu also is outstanding because of the beauty of its surrounding landscape. The beautiful cloud forest that climbs up the steep hill-sides is a haven for countless species of native flora, including bromeliads, bright orchids, and tree-borne ferns. The jungle is also home to the elusive spectacled bear (Tremarctus ornatus), the quetzal (Pharomacrus auriceps), the cock-of-the-rocks (Rupicola peruviana), and the huemal deer (Pudu mephistopheles). In 1981, the Peruvian Government created the Machu Picchu Historic Sanctuary, covering an area of 35 5920 Ha, to conserve both the archaeological site and its natural surroundings.

Machu Picchu also is referred to as "The Lost City of the Incas", Machu Picchu is one of the most familiar symbols of the Inca Empire.

The Machu Picchu archaeological complex is located in the department of Cusco, in the Urubamba province, and district of Machu Picchu. It is located on the eastern slopes of the Vilcanota mountain range, surrounded by the Apurimac and Urubamba Rivers. Machu Picchu is located at a height of 2,350 meters above sea level; with GPS Coordinates of about: 13o 09 '47" S 72o 32' 44" W.

We were at Machu Picchu the afternoon of April 16, 2006 and the morning of April 17, 2006.

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The good hotels in the area of Machu Picchu are all expensive; but the price for the Machu Picchu Sanctuary Lodge in Machu Picchu, is very expensive!

We suggest you use one of the various Aguas Calientes hotels that are nearby.

We prefer the Inkaterra Machu Picchu Pueblo hotel.

Hint:

If arranging a tour on your own; when searching for a package deal or just for a hotel, plan your flight into Cusco and then search for hotels in either Cusco and Aguas Calientes.

An internet search for Machu Picchu will usually bring up the Machu Picchu Sanctuary Lodge as it is the only hotel in the Machu Picchu Ruins. That is why it is so expensive. ($800 to $1000 a night).

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Hiram Bingham. Machu Picchu. Cusco, Peru Travels & Tours Pictures, Photos, Images, & Reviews.
Hiram Bingham, Credited With Discovery
Of Machu Picchu On July 24, 1911.
Melchor Arteaga, A Local Farmer
Actually Discovered The Ruins
And Took Hiram Bingham There
View Of Machu Picchu, Wayna Piccu In The Background. Cusco, Peru Travels & Tours Pictures, Photos, Images, & Reviews.
Machu Picchu. Wayna Picchu In The Background.
April 16, 2006. About 9:22 AM.

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Entering Aguas Calientes.  Cusco, Peru Travels & Tours Pictures, Photos, Images, & Reviews.Aguas Calientes.  Cusco, Peru Travels & Tours Pictures, Photos, Images, & Reviews.
Entering Aguas CalientesVillage Of Aguas Calientes
Aguas Calientes Train Station. Machu Picchu Cusco,Peru Travels & Tours Pictures, Photos, Images, & Reviews.Machu Picchu Tour Busses. Cusco, Peru Travels & Tours Pictures, Photos, Images, & Reviews.
Getting Off At Train StationThen Board Tour Busses
That Take Visitors
To Machu Picchu
Bus To Machu Picchu.  Cusco, Peru Travels & Tours Pictures, Photos, Images, & Reviews.Narrow Road.  Machu Picchu  Cusco, Peru Travels & Tours Pictures, Photos, Images, & Reviews.
Bus Leaving
Aguas Calientes
To Machu Picchu
The Road Is
So Narrow That
We Have To
Stop & Pull over
For Another Tourist Bus
Turnoff  To Machu Picchu.  Cusco, Peru Travels & Tours Pictures, Photos, Images, & Reviews.Bridge Over The Urubamba River. Machu Picchu.  Cusco, Peru Travels & Tours Pictures, Photos, Images, & Reviews.
We Reach The Turnoff
To Machu Picchu
The Road Is Very Bumpy
Bridge Over
The Urubamba River
Starting The Switchbacks
Switchbacks To Machu Picchu.  Cusco, Peru Travels & Tours Pictures, Photos, Images, & Reviews.Switchbacks From Machu Picchu.  Cusco, Peru Travels & Tours Pictures, Photos, Images, & Reviews.
The Busses Go
Up These
Switchbacks To Machu Picchu
Photo Courtesy Of NASA
Top Right
Switchbacks From Machu Picchu
Urubamba River Lower Left
Machu Picchu Sanctuary Lodge Parking Area.  Cusco, Peru Travels & Tours Pictures, Photos, Images, & Reviews.Machu Picchu Sanctuary Lodge & Ruins Entrance Area.  Cusco, Peru Travels & Tours Pictures, Photos, Images, & Reviews.
Machu Picchu Sanctuary Lodge
Parking Area At 8,100 Feet
The Only Hotel A
The Inca Citadel Ruins
Its Location Gives
Easy Access
To Machu Picchu
As Well As
Breathtaking Scenery!
Monument Honoring Hiram Bingham. Machu Picchu Cusco, Peru Travels & Tours Pictures, Photos, Images, & Reviews.Monument Honoring Hiram Bingham. Machu Picchu Cusco, Peru Travels & Tours Pictures, Photos, Images, & Reviews.
Monument Honoring
Hiram Bingham
Monument Honoring
Hiram Bingham
Ruins Entrance Steps.Machu Picchu Cusco, Peru Travels & Tours Pictures, Photos, Images, & Reviews.Trail Into Machu Picchu. Photos & Pictures.  Cusco, Peru Travels & Tours Pictures, Photos, Images, & Reviews.
We Go Up These StepsAnd Along This Trail
From The Lodge
Our First Views Of Machu Picchu.  Cusco, Peru Travels & Tours Pictures, Photos, Images, & Reviews.Our First Views Of Machu Picchu.  Cusco, Peru Travels & Tours Pictures, Photos, Images, & Reviews.
To Our First Views Of
Machu Picchu
Our First Views Of
Machu Picchu
Maribel Ortiz, The Very Best Tour Guide For Machu Picchu.  Cusco, Peru Travels & Tours Pictures, Photos, Images, & Reviews.Maribel Ortiz, The Very Best Tour Guide For Machu Picchu.  Cusco, Peru Travels & Tours Pictures, Photos, Images, & Reviews.
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