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Machu Picchu is the most famous of all archeological sites in South America. Now famous as a tourist destination, it draws thousands of visitors per year. Many of the people that visit here also hike the Inca Trail, arriving at Machu Picchu at the Gate of the Sun - a vantage point offering stunning views down on these ancient ruins. The ruins themselves are high in the Andes Mountains, surrounded by cliffs into deep valleys that rise again into the tall surrounding peaks. Larger versions of these photos of Machu Picchu can be viewed by using a mouse rollover or by using the Slideshow below.


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landscape photo of Machu Picchu with mist around the Incan ruins and Andes Mountains
Machu Picchu #1696
The Incan ruins at Machu Picchu are extensive and elaborate. It's easy to spend an entire day exploring the site.

landscape photo of Machu Picchu looking down long rows of Incan ruins toward Huaynu Picchu
Machu Picchu #1710
The weather at Machu Picchu changes often and quickly. The ruins are often encased in clouds and fog in the early morning and sometime throughout the day. However, even then, the sight from the Gate of the Sun can be spectacular.

photo of the Incan ruins of Machu Picchu with the Andes Mountains in the background
Machu Picchu #1713
The Inca Trail to Machu Picchu is a one-way hike. This prevents trekkers from passing so many other trekkers and reduces the appearance of crowding on the trail However, I have done this hike twice - in 1998 and 2006 and I can assure you the trail has become much more crowded. Peruvian controls have supposedly set restrictions on the number of trekkers, however they now also control the amount that porters can carry, so there are far more of them.



photo of a stone building near the entrance to the hike to the top of Huaynu Picchu
Machu Picchu #1738
The 500-year old Incan ruins of Machu Picchu were only re-discoverd in the 1930's. Now nearly fully restored, the site is one of he most popular tourist attractions in Peru, and perhaps in all of South America.

landscape photo of Machu Picchu and Huaynu Picchu
Machu Picchu #1740
Machu Picchu is located in an absolutely stunningly beautiful setting in the Andes Mountains of Peru. The ruins can be reached by a multi-day trek through the Andes Mountains via the Inca Trail, or by train to the town of Aguas Calientes at the base of the mountains followed by a bus ride up.

landscape photo of Machu Picchu, Huaynu Picchu and the surrounding Andes Mountains
Machu Picchu #1742
Machu Picchu is the most famous of the Incan Ruins of Peru. Located on the peaks of mountains near the village of Aguas Calientes, Peru, Machu Picchu is arguably one of the most beautiful places on earth.



photo of the Inca Trail and ruins
Incan Ruins
The Incan Trail is one of the premier treks in the world going along the magnificent Andes Mountains past several sets of Incan ruins and ending at the most famous of them all - Machu Picchu.

landscape photo of Machu Picchu and Huaynu Picchu
Machu Picchu #1746
The nearest town to Machu Picchu is Aguas Caliente, located at the bottom of the mountain on which Machu Picchu rests.

landscape photo of Machu Picchu, Huaynu Picchu and the surrounding Andes Mountains
Machu Picchu #1748
Although the 3-day trek on the Inca Trail is the scenic and physically challenging way to reach Machu Picchu, the overwhelming majority of people arrive by train in Aguas Caliente and ride the bus to the top of the mountain.



photo of a stone building near the entrance to the hike to the top of Huaynu Picchu
Machu Picchu #1764
On my most recent of three visits to Machu Picchu, I was disappointed to find that tripods were prohibited from use there.

landscape photo of Machu Picchu and Huaynu Picchu
Machu Picchu #1765
One can easily spend the entire day in Machu Picchu. For people that enjoy ancient ruins, visiting on a second day isn't out of the question.

landscape photo of Machu Picchu and Huaynu Picchu
Machu Picchu #5438
In addition to Machu Picchu, a trip to Aguas Caliente can include a visit to the local hot springs or the Butterfly Garden.



photo of a stone building near the entrance to the hike to the top of Huaynu Picchu
Machu Picchu #5451
Beyond the hot springs and Butterfly Garden, I did not personally find much of interest in Aguas Caliente. However, I will say the town in 2009 is a dramatically improved version of the dirty, smelly place I first found in 1998.

landscape photo of Machu Picchu and Huaynu Picchu
Machu Picchu #5458
Having a guide take you through Machu Picchu is very helpful. However, I find that the stories told by the guides remind me of the childhood game played in school where one whispers a secret in a person's ear, then that person does the same, over and over again until the story is unrecognizable by the time it reaches the last student. Guides here now over-dramatize every carved stone, embellished now to the point of misinformation. Educate thyself from reputable sources first!

landscape photo of Machu Picchu and Huaynu Picchu
Machu Picchu #5461
Machu Picchu is located in an absolutely stunningly beautiful setting in the Andes Mountains of Peru. The ruins can be reached by a multi-day trek through the Andes Mountains via the Inca Trail, or by train to the town of Aguas Calientes at the base of the mountains followed by a bus ride up.



photo of a stone building near the entrance to the hike to the top of Huaynu Picchu
Machu Picchu #5474
If you are not afraid of heights and cliffs, a hike to the top of Huaynu Picchu might be for you.

landscape photo of Machu Picchu and Huaynu Picchu
Machu Picchu #5497
The hike to the top of Huaynu Picchu is dangerous. In 1998, an experienced guide fell to his death from the trail.

landscape photo of Machu Picchu and Huaynu Picchu
Machu Picchu #5500
The train to Aguas Caliente departs from Cusco, Peru.



photo of a stone building near the entrance to the hike to the top of Huaynu Picchu
Machu Picchu #5525


landscape photo of Machu Picchu and Huaynu Picchu
Machu Picchu #5557


landscape photo of Machu Picchu and Huaynu Picchu
Machu Picchu #5561




photo of a stone building near the entrance to the hike to the top of Huaynu Picchu
Machu Picchu #5567


landscape photo of Machu Picchu and Huaynu Picchu
Machu Picchu #5562


landscape photo of Machu Picchu and Huaynu Picchu
Machu Picchu #5575


Machu Picchu Photos (page 2)

Ollantaytambo Photos



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