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.