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Reviewed December 2, 2016

Absolutely breathtaking - nothing more about the views can be said! We feel truly honoured to have had the opportunity of visiting this amazing world heritage site.

However, I must admit we were both very surprised at the amount of climbing of steep steps involved, the pretty narrow paths you need to use which do not have handrails and yet have sheer drops at one side. You definitely need to be pretty fit to get around and, surprisingly, the brochures make virtually no mention of this. Goodness knows how people cope when it is raining! (We had glorious weather throughout our visit!)

Also, the village of Aguas Calientes is stunningly pretty despite being obviously very touristy.

The bus journey to Machu Picchu from AC is certainly an experience! If, like me, you are not too keen on heights then just try and not look down haha!! No way would I take that bus journey in the dark to see the sunrise, even though we did hold tickets for an extra day. We had spent over 3 hours at the site in glorious sunshine on the first day so just didn't use the extra day tickets and enjoyed the ambience in the village instead.

Definitely a once in a lifetime trip in our opinion but oh so worth doing! (If you are a wee bit unsteady on your feet, buy a walking stick in Cusco. Only 25 Soles - approx £6.50! My husband found it absolutely invaluable!!)

Date of experience: November 2016
Thank China-ann
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Reviewed December 1, 2016

Macchu Pichu, an old Inca fortress, is a must-see for any traveller!
One can hike the Inca trail there from a not too distant centre (in a largish group of fit people, with at least one guide is recommended) or the train can be taken from Cuzco. if you choose the latter, be prepared to queue from the wee small hours to get a ticket!
The stones are cut precisely, one can apparently not get a pin between some! It seems holes in precise lines where water gathered and froze prized them open and pulleys were used to move and mount them.
The engineering and architecture is phenomenal and buildings include houses, temple and bathing rooms with channels conveyed water in and out. The stunning terraces are overlooked by another mountain called Wainapicchu.
I believe it was a convent where beautiful young women were trained as priestesses to work in the temple. One lucky lass would be chosen as a sacrifice for the gods.
The Spanish conquerors never found it and the lost population presumably died out (no men were available, as everyone was in hiding from the conquistadores?)
The site is at fairly high altitude, and the village below provides accommodation, railway station, eating places and fabulous hot pools!

Date of experience: January 2016
Thank 486rachel
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Reviewed December 1, 2016

We were lucky to be able to go back in to the site after the crowds had left and again in the early morning . It is w truly spectacular place.

Date of experience: November 2016
Thank EnglandBookworm
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Reviewed December 1, 2016

It is an incredible place but be prepared to have to wait for everything. I'm so glad I walked the Inca Trail for 5 days to get there. We got 4 significant ruins virtually to ourselves and walked in solitude to get so I got my mind to imagine the past.

Date of experience: October 2016
Thank Jenny B
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Reviewed November 30, 2016 via mobile

Machu Picchu is really one of the most beautiful places I have ever been. The plan was to take the first bus, but since it was very cloudy we decided to leave a little bit later (but before the first train from Cuzco) arrives. In the end we had a sunny morning in Machu Picchu and it wasn't crowded at all.

Date of experience: November 2016
Thank Mark d
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