Machu Picchu (map) is the site of an ancient Inca city, high in the Andes of Peru. At 2,430 metres (8,000 ft) above sea level, this UNESCO World Heritage Site is often referred to as “The Lost City of the Incas”, is one of the most familiar symbols of the Incan Empire, and is one of the most famous and spectacular sets of ruins in the world.
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It is also the end point of the most popular hike in South America, the *Inca Trail. Current researchers tend to believe that Machu Picchu was a country resort for elite Incas.
Thousands of tourists walk the Inca Trail to visit Machu Picchu each year. They congregate at *Cusco (map) before starting on the one-, two-, four- or five-day journey on foot from kilometer 82 (or 77 or 85, four/five-day trip) or kilometer 104 (one/two-day trip) near the town of *Ollantaytambo (map) in the Urubamba valley, walking up through the Andes to the isolated city.
The closest access point to Machu Picchu is the village of Machupicchu, also known as Aguas Calientes (map).
The fee schedule and online tickets are available at the government website and from ticket offices listed on that website.
There are no toilets within the site itself, but they are available right outside the entrance and are clean and well maintained.
The wet season in Peru is from November (often only really taking off in December) until the end of March.