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Things to do in Machu Picchu

Most people base their plans for what to do in Machu Picchu on one of two bucket-list visions: the fabulous, high-altitude hike (Cusco sits at 10,860 feet), or for the archaeological fascination of exploring the ruins. Here is how the main things to do in Machu Picchu break down:

The trek. Many visitors choose get to Machu Picchu using the ancient Incan road linking the city of Cusco to the abandoned ruins. This four-to-five day hike is a difficult journey but you'll be rewarded with some of the most beautiful scenery in the world. (Just be sure to give yourself a few days to get used to the altitude before you get started, or altitude sickness may thwart your plans.)

The views. What to do in Machu Picchu if a four-day hike doesn't interest you? Here are the two areas of the ruins you should focus on:

  • The Temple of the Sun, denoted by its exceptional stonework, which is the most famous Inca construction
  • The Temple of the Three Windows, in the main ceremonial area, where you'll get the most gorgeous view of the Andes Mountains.
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