Machu Picchu

The stone city of Machu Picchu is one of the most fascinating archeological sites on the planet. Located northwest of Cusco, Peru, it is a testament to the power and ingenuity of the Inca people.

Answers on frequent questions
Where to Stay?

Take a look on our reviews and guides on Accommodation in Cusco (where most people choose to stay) or Aguas Calientes (nearest town from Machu Picchu, also known as Machu Picchu Town).

Where to buy best plane tickets?

You can book your flight tickets to Cusco (the nearest airport) on here.

What permits do I need?

You probably need a Visa if you are not originally from the United States. Check here.

How to get there?

There are many options for that. By different trains, hiking, etc. We explain it more on here.

Where to eat?

Eating inside the archaeological site is strictly prohibited, but visitors can use the small area close to the entrance to eat a box lunch.

How is the nightlife?
In Cusco you will find some great options. Machu Picchu is a sacred place so not an option here.
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Machu Picchu

Find out everything about Machu Picchu. We will help you discover the best things to do, places to go and much more on our NomadSet Guide. Enjoy!

Size: 325.9 km2

Average duration of a trip: 1 day

Machu Picchu Interesting Facts

The Inca People

The Inca are very welcoming people, very open to foreigners and they love to have tourists.

The Mystery

Built in the 15th century and later abandoned, it’s renowned for its sophisticated dry-stone walls that fuse huge blocks without the use of mortar, intriguing buildings that play on astronomical alignments and panoramic views. Its exact former use remains a mystery.Wow!


The best way to arrive at Machu Picchu is from Aguas Calientes, a near city from where you can take the Inca Rail Train.

Dollar is Key

With a difficult relationship with inflation, Argentina has hit its own records. So the US Dollar is key. There is an official rate and an unofficial (but way overused) one that literally pays you the double for your greens.

Hola or Hello

Spanish is the official and most used language. Cosmopolitan and open, Argentinians will often also speak English.

Wildly Wide

Buenos Aires has the widest avenue in the whole world: 9 de Julio Avenue. The avenue's unusual width is because it spans an entire city block, the distance between two streets in the checkerboard pattern used in Buenos Aires. The distance between adjacent streets is roughly 110 m, greater than the distance between streets in Manhattan.

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