This famous citadel combines the visual and spiritual force of magnificent natural scenery with the natural diversity of a historic sanctuary, recognised as a Cultural and Natural Patrimony of the World.
Machu Picchu is a sacred city or sanctuary because only the Inca and his noblemen, priests, priestesses and chosen women (Akllas) had free access to its premises. The ruins are situated on the eastern slope of Machu Picchu in two separate areas - agricultural and urban. The latter includes the civil sector (dwellings, canalisations) and the sacred sector (temples, mausoleums, squares, royal houses).
Although the constructions show different levels of architecture, the religious buildings exhibit a high degree of perfection. The construction was generally in stone and the roofs were built of tree trunks and thatched with ichu or straw. The walls lean slightly inward to protect against earthquakes.
From the peak of the Huayna Picchu, situated opposite Machu Picchu, there is a panoramic view of the imposing spread of ruins and the Urubamba Valley. The breathtaking views from this mountaintop citadel and its well-preserved ruins are a photographer's dream.
The subtropical climate means generally mild weather: the average year-round temperature during the day is 16ºC (60ºF). There are two distinct seasons - the rainy season is from November to March and brings heavy rains. Visitors are advised to dress accordingly during this season. The dry season from April to October brings higher temperatures.
Daily visiting hours: 6.00am to 5.30pm
Citadel entrance fees:
Ciudad Inka MAPI: S/. 126.00
Machu Picchu and Museum: S/.148.00
Mapi-Huayna (7.00 am): S/. 150.00
Mapi-Huayna (10.00 am): S/ . 150.00
Free for children under 7 years old.
Prices are subject to change.
For more information contact the call center: (5184) 23-6061, (5184) 23-5329 or (5184) 23-2971.