Machu Picchu Heritage Site (from the old top Quechua) is the new name of the ancient Inca stone town.
It does locate at a little more than 2,300 m.s.n.m, in the middle of mountains of a steep slope such as Cerro Machu Picchu, Huayna Picchu, and Putucusi, which does also surrounded by the Urubamba River vicinity of the Amazon jungle.
The Inca citadel of Machu Picchu is located 130 kilometers northwest of the city of Cusco, on the crest of Machu Picchu hill.
Machu Picchu is one of the most visited tourist destinations on the planet. It is considered one of the most important archeological sites and harmonious with nature in the whole world.
The sacred city, named cultural heritage of humanity in 1983, enamored all travelers who visited it for its majesty, structure, constructions’ beauty, and mystical environment.
All the buildings in Machu Picchu Heritage Site follow the classical Inca architectural style.
On July 7, 2007, Machu Picchu did declare one of the new seven wonders of the modern world at a ceremony held in Lisbon, Portugal, with one hundred million voters worldwide. In December 2012, it was awarded the Best Green Destination in the World by the World Travel Awards (WTA). Cusco was chosen as the best city in Latin America and Peru as the best culinary destination globally.
Aguas Calientes is the name that receives the town of Machu Picchu, alluding to the thermal and medicinal waters of the area.
This locality serves as a base of operations for travelers who visit Machu Picchu and want to rest after visiting the archaeological site, Jardine’s de Mandor; The mountains Putucusi, Huayna, and Machu Picchu.
It is also the arrival point of travelers who have chosen to access Machu Picchu by one of the treks offered by tour operators such as the traditional Inca Trail, Salkantay, Lares, etc.
In the town of Aguas Calientes, you can enjoy a relaxing bath in Hot Springs and perform other activities offered by this beautiful place full of magic and mystery.
Aguas Calientes is a compendium of hotel hostels, restaurants, bars, and other tourist places. One of its great attractions is its markets, mainly where they sell Fruits and Vegetables that allow travelers to know various products and experience delicious flavors.
Before going to Machu Picchu, it is advisable to make the currency exchange in the city of Cusco by its equivalent to the Nuevo Sol Peruano (local currency) since many businesses in Machu Picchu only accept Nuevos Soles. In the case of getting to change dollars or euros, they do it by devaluing the currency.
Concerning other types of foreign currencies, it is less likely to achieve change, and in the case of finding the one who accepts it, the same happens with the dollar or the euro.
We recommend you keep this in mind to avoid any mishaps.
In the archaeological zone, there are small shops where you can buy sandwiches for 15 dollars (approximately). These are usually not nutritious, so the ideal for your excursion to Machu Picchu is to carry in your backpack the most fruits and vegetables to make a picnic while enjoying the incredible scenery and the nature that surrounds it.
It is essential not to leave trash or leftover food, as this can lead to a sanction. The security personnel of the archaeological site of Machu Picchu travels at all times the various places, controlling that people respect and care for the sacred city.