The jewel in the Inca crown is of course Machu Picchu, perched high on its granite peak. The last Incas abandoned the site around 1450, and it wasn’t until 1911 when the American explorer Hiram Bingham re-discovered the former citadel that it captured worldwide interest. Now it is South America’s most visited attraction and still the journey, either by train or on foot, is breathtaking.
A tour of the Machu Picchu citadel is essential and however busy the site is during the day, there are still plenty of quiet spots where you can soak up the history and simply admire everything that the Inca civilization achieved. Huayna Picchu, the peak above Machu Picchu can be climbed but permits are needed and times have to be booked. It's not for the faint hearted but the views make it worth the effort and for many it's a highlight of their holiday to Machu Picchu.
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