Machu Picchu in Peru

The long forgotten and hidden Inca city of Machu Picchu, World Heritage by UNESCO, is an absolute must for every Peru tourist. Officially, the city was discovered by Hiram Bingham in 1911, but most likely the indigenous people had known this place for a very long time before its “discovery.” The Incas built this mysterious settlement in the 15th century at an altitude of 2430 meters. It is located in the cloud forests on a ridge between the peaks of the Huayna Picchu and the mountain Machu Picchu in the Andes. Cusco, the former capital of the Incas, is about 80 kilometers located from this magical place. In Cusco we booked a two-day expedition to Machu Picchu.

Machu Picchu

Machu Picchu

Instead of traveling by train, we opted for a private guided tour. The journey in a jeep Tool us through the Urubamba Valley along the Rio Urubamba to Ollaytantambo. From there we continued our tour in a panoramic carriage of the narrow gauge railway (Ferrocarril del Sur) to Agua Calientes, the terminus for all tourists and starting point for the visit of Machu Picchu. The next day we set off for the last part of our expedition. From Aguas Calientes buses run along a more or less steep serpentine road which ends before the ticket office and entrance to the Machu Picchu complex. All in all, this two-day trip was worth the money. We came back to Cusco with many impressions, memories and a lot of photos.

Die lange vergessene und versteckte Inkastadt Machu Picchu, Weltkulturerbe der UNESCO, ist heute ein absolutes Muss für jeden Peru-Touristen. Offiziell wurde die Stadt 1911 von Hiram Bingham entdeckt, aber höchstwahrscheinlich kannten die Indigenen diesen Ort bereits seit sehr langer Zeit vor dessen „Entdeckung“. Die Inkas bauten diese geheimnisvolle Siedlung im 15. Jahrhundert auf einer Höhe von 2430 Metern. Sie befindet sich in den Nebelwäldern auf einem Höhenrücken zwischen den Gipfeln des Huayna Picchu und dem Berg Machu Picchu in den Anden. Cusco, die ehemalige Hauptstadt der Inkas, liegt etwa 80 Kilometer von diesem magischen Ort entfernt. In Cusco buchten wir eine zweitägige Expedition zum Machu Picchu.

Serpentine Road to Machu Picchu

Serpentine Road to Machu Picchu

Anstatt mit dem Zug zu reisen, haben wir uns für eine private geführte Tour entschieden. Die Reise in einem Jeep führte uns durch das Urubamba-Tal entlang des Rio Urubamba nach Ollaytantambo. Von dort aus setzten wir unsere Tour in einem Panoramawagen der Schmalspurbahn (Ferrocarril del Sur) nach Agua Calientes fort, der Endstation für alle Touristen und Ausgangspunkt für den Besuch von Machu Picchu. Am nächsten Tag machten wir uns auf den letzten Teil unserer Expedition. Von Aguas Calientes fahren Busse über eine mehr oder weniger steile Serpentinenstraße und endet vor dem Ticketschalter und Eingang zur Anlage von Machu Picchu. Alles in allem war diese zweitägige Reise das Geld wert. Wir kamen mit vielen Eindrücken, Erinnerungen und natürlich unzähligen Fotos nach Cusco zurück.

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12 thoughts on “Machu Picchu in Peru

  1. As you imply, Bingham did not “discover” Machu Picchu. It was certainly a well known site before his arrival. He was told about the site by local indigenous farmers. They guided him there and Bingham recognized the potential of the abandoned city in the clouds, making it known to a wider world. It is the last achievement for which he is recognized. As you write, it is a “must see” experience. I’d recommend spending several days there.

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  2. Beautiful images!

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  3. Wonderful!

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  4. I can only click ‘like’ once [sigh].

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    Wow! Can’t wait to go there someday

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  6. it’s always wonderful 😍

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  7. Nice article. I like Aboriginal Civilisation.

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  8. Absolutely stunning

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  9. Wow, I envy you for having reached this site. My dream destination.

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  10. Machu Picchu is a mystical place that everyone should see once in their lifetime.
    The 5-day Salkantay trek is challenging but the scenery along the way is incredible!

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