Iconic Machu Picchu is the most famous and best preserved Inca site of the Andean region. It sits on a mountain ridge above the Urubamba Valley near Cusco, some 2,430 metres (7,970 ft) above sea level. In 1983 it was declared a UNESCO World Heritage Site and it is the biggest tourist attraction in Peru. It has become so popular that the Peruvian government has had to limit visitors to 2,500 per day in order to help preserve the site. Read more about Machu Picchu…
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Machu Picchu Quick Facts
- Altitude - 2,400m (7,875 feet). You actually travel down from Cusco to Machu Picchu,
- Machu Picchu - also known as the ‘Lost City of the Incas’ is the most famous symbol of the Incan Empire in the world.
- UNESCO World Heritage Site since 1983.
- Hiram Bingham ’discovered’ Machu Picchu in 1911.
- Every year the Inca Trail Race takes place, a 26 mile marathon along the Inca Trail to Machu Picchu. The record is 3 hours and 26 minutes not bad considering most visitors take 4 days to hike the same distance! [/frame]