The 10 Best Tours to Machu Picchu 2022-2023
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Are you planning a hiking trip to Machu Picchu? If you still can’t decide which tour you will take, you are in the right place; on this page, you will read the essential aspects of the most popular hiking tours to Machu Picchu. Find below the most popular tours to the great Inca citadel. Learn the most important facts about every tour and why you should choose one.
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What to See at Machu Picchu
Temple of The Three Windows
It is an imposing site at 10 meters long and 4 meters wide. Its construction is immaculate, proving the value and importance placed on it by the Incas. It’s located at the Sacred Plaza in the Main Urban Section of Machu Picchu. It once had five windows, but now only three of them remain. Each window is said to represent something: First one represents the Underground (Uku-Pacha), the second is the Heavens (Hanan-Pacha) and the final one is The Present (Kay- Pacha). There are different theories as to the history of this structure, the version of the Spanish Conquerors and Folklore, both versions are contradictory. There was an inscription on the stones dated July 14, 1902, but where subsequently removed upon the arrival of Hiram Bingham.
The peak of Huayna Picchu rises over Machu Picchu, where the Urubamba River gently coils around it. It is at an elevation of 2 693m/8 835ft. The mountain is home to the breathtaking Temple of the Moon and adjacent to it is the Great Cavern made of fine masonry. The high priest and local virgins resided here. Its visitors are limited to 400 a day, during the only 2 time slots available each day. The hike is steep, with exposed sections on the pathway leading to the summit. It can get slippery, however certain section do offer steel cable for support. The view at the top gives you the most panoramic and spectacular views of Machu Picchu. Majority of the stunning pictures you find on postcards and social media are taken at the top of Huayna Picchu.
The Sun Gate (2,720m/8,924ft), also known as Intu Punku, is perched on the hilltop overlooking the Great Citadel of Machu Picchu, located on one side of Machu Picchu Mountain. It is the first viewpoint of Machu Picchu and only people hiking the Inca Trail are privileged to the stunning views this vintage point provides. The Incas used it as a kind of control gate for the people entering and leaving the Inca City of Machu Picchu. Because of its remote and strategic location, it is believed that Machu Picchu only welcomed elite guests from the empire. It is a large place, with windows and doors supported by terraces. From the Sun Gate you can see the entire City of Incas and the size and majesty of it simply takes your breath away.
Intuhuatana is a large imposing stone carved directly into the bedrock of the mountain´s summit where Machu Picchu lies. The Incas believed the stone held the sun in its place along its annual path in the sky. The Spanish destroyes other Intuhuatana because they feared it would create a political liability due to its religious significance. Even as it stands today, it still feels like the stone radiates energy.