Machu Picchu Pictures

Since its discovery to the world in 1911, Machu Picchu has been photographed countless times. The first black and white shots made by explorer Hiram Bingham were published by National Geographic magazine. Today, the Inca city is one of the most photographed tourist destinations on the entire planet. See the best shots of this world wonder.

The discovery of Machu Picchu

Machu Picchu
Discovery of Machu Picchu

Machu Picchu was discovered in 1911 by the American explorer Hiram Bingham. The place was full of vegetation product of the passage of time. Photos of their discovery were published in National Geographic magazine.

Machu Picchu today

Machu Picchu
Machu Picchu today

Machu Picchu is one of the best tourist destinations on the planet. Since it was listed as one of the ‘7 Wonders of the Modern World’ in 2007, each year it is visited by more than 1.5 million tourists. Because of this, the Inca city is also one of the most photographed destinations in the world. The shots are published on the main social networks and internet travel forums.

The Intihuatana

Intihuatana
Intihuatana – Machu Picchu

The Intihuatana (solar clock) served as the astronomical calendar at Machu Picchu. It is believed that by bringing their hands together, visitors are filled with the energy of the sun.

The Temple of the 3 Windows

Three windows
Temple of the three windows – Machu Picchu

In the religious sector is this enclosure made up of a set of trapezoidal walls 10 meters long and 4 meters wide. It is located right next to the Main Square.

The Sacred Rock

Sacred rock
Sacred rock – Machu Picchu

This immense structure reaches 7 meters wide and 3 meters high. Chance? Apparently the Incas carved it in the shape of a mountain, an Andean protector god.

The Main Square

Main square
Main square – Machu Picchu

The Main Square of Machu Picchu is damaged due to the passage of time and seismic movements. The main religious ceremonies in Machu Picchu were held there.

The Temple of the Sun

Sun Temple
Sun Temple – Machu Picchu

This temple is the only one with a circular shape in Machu Picchu. Only the elite and the priests could enter this place where the sun, the highest Inca deity, was worshiped.

Platforms of Machu Picchu

Andenes de Machu Picchu
Agricultural platforms – Machu Picchu

Machu Picchu has a huge network of platforms. It is believed that these could supply its close to a thousand inhabitants in Inca times. There they grew products such as potatoes, corn, goose and more.

Machu Picchu Mountain

Montaña Machu Picchu
Machu Picchu Mountain – Machu Picchu

The highest point of Machu Picchu is the top of the Machu Picchu mountain at 3,082 meters above sea level. The name ‘Machupicchu’ (old mountain in Spanish) comes from this summit.

The Huayna Picchu mountain

Huayna Picchu Mountain
Huayna Picchu Mountain – Machu Picchu

The Huayna Picchu mountain (young mountain, in Spanish) is at 2,720 meters above sea level. This summit is present in the classic photo of Machupicchu. From the ‘Casa del Guardián’ (the cabin in the photo) you can get the best photographs of the place.

The stones of Machu Picchu

Quarry Machu Picchu
Quarry – Machu Picchu

Machu Picchu was built with granite stone found in the place. Otherwise it would have been impossible to build the numerous enclosures, temples, platforms and more.

The landscapes of Machu Picchu

Machu Picchu landscape
Machu Picchu landscape

From the top of the Machu Picchu mountain you can take some of the best landscape photographs of the place. The walk there takes approximately 2 hours (2 kilometers of route to the top).

Tourists in Machu Picchu

Tourists in Machu Picchu
Tourists in Machu Picchu

Machu Picchu receives approximately 1.5 million visitors a year. The time of high season occurs from April to August.

Enjoy the trip to Machu Picchu with the best services

Choose one of the 4 types of tickets

The entrance to Machu Picchu offers discounts for university students, those under 18 years of age and citizens of Peru, Colombia, Ecuador and Bolivia. Children under 3 years enter free! Get your entry to 'mapi' here.

We take you wherever you want in Cusco

The private transportation service takes you to any tourist destination in Cusco. Travel with total security in a private service for you, your partner, your friends or family. Includes pick up service from the airport or transfer to Machu Picchu train station, book here!

An unforgettable train trip to Machu Picchu

In total there are four tourist train services to Machu Picchu: Expedition, Vistadome, Vistadome Observatory and the Hiram Bingham luxury train. They all belong to the prestigious Peru Rail company. Buy the tickets here! Take advantage of the discounts!

Get on the final bus to Machu Picchu

The train trip will leave you in the town of Aguas Calientes, 10 kilometers from Machu Picchu. For this last section you must get the bus to Machu Picchu, a comfortable service that takes care of the environment of the wonder of the world. Buy your bus ticket here!

Tour Machu Picchu with a professional guide

In Machu Picchu the tour guide service is not mandatory. However, most tourists decide to go accompanied by a guide. This way they will be able to fully understand the history and importance of the wonder of the Incas.

Machupicchu all inclusive 1 day

If you do not want to buy each ticket to Machu Picchu separately, it is best to hire an all-inclusive tour. Includes: transfer to the station, train ticket, tour guide, entrance fee and lunch option at the best ‘mapi’ restaurant. Book the tour here!