What to see in Machu Picchu?

There is much to see in Machu Picchu: stories, incredible landscapes, adventures and more. The wonder of the Incas stands out for famous constructions such as: the Intipunku, the Temple of the Sun, the Intihuatana, the Sacred Rock, the Temple of the Condor, the Temple of the 3 Windows and more. In addition, there it is possible to take short hiking trails such as those that lead to the tops of Huayna Picchu, Huchuy Picchu and the Machupicchu mountain.

The Huayna Picchu

This mountain is the most famous of Machu Picchu. On the walk you can see the Temple of the Moon, incredible landscapes, the stairs of death and more.

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The Huayna Picchu

Machu Picchu mountain

The Machu Picchu mountain gave the name to the Inca city. It is at 3,082 meters above sea level, at the highest point of the place. The hike to the top offers the best views.

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Machu Picchu mountain

The Intipunku

The Intipunku is the Sun Gate, the entrance to Machu Picchu in Inca times. You can get there with the Inca Trail or a short route from the Inca citadel.

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The Intipunku

The guardian’s house

This enclosure is one of the most visited in Machu Picchu. It was a surveillance post. There you can take the classic postcard photo of the wonder of the world.

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The guardian’s house

The Main Temple of Machu Picchu

This temple is located in the religious sector of Machu Picchu. There the Incas performed rituals where even llamas and other camelids were sacrificed.

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The Main Temple of Machu Picchu

The Intihuatana

The Intipunku is the Sun Gate, the entrance to Machu Picchu in Inca times. You can get there with the Inca Trail or a short route from the Inca citadel.

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The Intihuatana

The temple of the Sun

This temple is one of the most important and mysterious of Machu Picchu. It has fine architecture. It was built on the enigmatic Royal Tomb.

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The temple of the Sun

The Temple of the 3 Windows

In the religious sector is the Temple of the 3 Windows, one of the most surprising constructions of Machu Picchu due to the fine carving of its walls.

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The Temple of the 3 Windows

The Sacred Rock

The Sacred Rock is one of the most enigmatic constructions of Machu Picchu. It was a religious site in the form of a mountain. It is close to Huayna Picchu.

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The Sacred Rock

The Temple of the Condor

The condor was a sacred bird for the Incas. In Machu Picchu there is a temple in his honor where religious rituals were performed. It is in the urban sector.

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The Temple of the Condor

The Secret Door of Machu Picchu

The Secret Door is one of the most mysterious constructions of Machu Picchu. It is believed that it hides treasures and even the mummy of Emperor Pachacutec.

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The Secret Door of Machu Picchu

The Royal Residence

Research suggests that the Royal Residence was the home of Emperor Pachacutec and his family in Machu Picchu. It is near the Temple of the Sun.

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The Royal Residence

The Temple of the Moon

The Temple of the Moon is the most enigmatic construction of Huayna Picchu. It is built inside a cave. It is also called The Great Cavern.

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The Temple of the Moon

The Inca Bridge

The Inca Bridge marked the western limit of Machu Picchu. It is made of wooden logs. Admission is free for all people in the archaeological site.

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The Inca Bridge

More information about what to see in Machu Picchu

  • What is the most famous tourist attraction in Machu Picchu?
    Huayna Picchu is the most famous mountain in Machu Picchu. Its summit is present in all the postcard photos of the Inca city. It is located at 2,720 meters above sea level, about 2 kilometers on foot from the Inca archaeological site.
  • Where to get the best panoramic photo of Machu Picchu?
    The route to the top of the Machu Picchu mountain was built by the Incas. It has stairways, platforms, terraces, enclosures and even temples. The view from the top of Huayna Picchu shows the landscape that surrounds Machupicchu.
  • What is the new mountain Huchuy Picchu?
    Huchuy Picchu is the mountain peak that belongs to Huayna Picchu. Machu Picchu authorities recently inaugurated a short hiking trail to the top of this ‘little mountain’, which stands at 2,497 meters above sea level.
  • Where do I get the classic postcard photo of Machu Picchu?
    The Guardian House is the point where the classic landscape postcard photo of Machu Picchu is achieved. That is why a large number of visitors are concentrated there. It is located about 300 meters from the entrance gate to the archaeological site.
  • What is the Great Cave or Temple of the Moon? Where is it?
    This mysterious temple is located in the middle of the Huayna Picchu mountain. It is a fine building inside a cavern. It has small walls, alcoves, walls for religious worship and more. It is also known as The Great Cavern. The caves were considered sacred by the Incas because they communicated the world of the living (kay pacha) with that of the dead (uku pacha). To get there you must walk 1 hour from the top of the Huayna Picchu mountain.
  • Is there a mysterious secret door in Machu Picchu?
    The secret door is a rustic construction in Machu Picchu walled in such a way that it prevents access to its interior, to a kind of cavern. In 2010 this structure was discovered, which would hide, according to researchers David Crespy and Thierry Jamin, the tomb of Pachacutec. Tourists do not have access to this site, located below the complex of Las Tres Portadas.
  • Is there an Inca bridge in Machu Picchu?
    As its name indicates, this bridge was the access point to Machu Picchu from the west. The access point is through a wooden bridge placed on a mound of rustic stones. In case of enemy invasions, the Incas could remove the bridge. To get there you must walk about 30 minutes from the House of the Guardian through narrow paths.

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!