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Machu Picchu & Aguas Calientes Travel Guide


Machu Picchu, the ‘Lost City of the Inca’s’, is Latin America’s most famous archeological site. Due to it’s remote, mountaintop location it was never discovered by the Spaniards and therefore remained well preserved. After the city was abandoned in 1572 it was virtually forgotten until the American explorer Hiram Bingham re-discovered it in 1912. With the swirling clouds and surrounding jagged mountains, the ancient and mysterious citadel is a top bucket list experience! Aguas Calientes is the nearest small town just below the site where the hotels are located.

Few romances can ever surpass that of the granite citadel on top of the beetling precipices of Machu Picchu, the crown of Inca Land.
Hiram Bingham

Best months to visit Machu Picchu & Aguas Calientes

Our hand-picked hotels in Machu Picchu & Aguas Calientes

A well thought out selection of hotels can make a good trip truly exceptional and here at The Latin America Travel Company we put a lot of resources into sourcing and visiting hotels. Below are a few of our favourites at Machu Picchu & Aguas Calientes.

Best reasons to visit Machu Picchu & Aguas Calientes

Machu Picchu is Latin America’s most visited and iconic site. Here are our highlights for this top bucket list destination.

Watch grazing llamas in the Central Plaza

Navigate to the Caretakers Hut for the best panoramic views

Stay a night in Aguas Calientes to visit the site again the next morning

Climb Huayna Picchu for dizzying views - not for sufferers of vertigo!

Choose Machu Picchu Mountain for another view of the site

Weather Averages for Machu Picchu & Aguas Calientes

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