Santuario Historico de Machu Picchu, Machu Picchu

4.8
#1 of 3,353 in Things to do in Peru
Explore the ruins of Santuario Historico de Machu Picchu, a 15th-century Incan community perched 2,430 m (7,970 ft) above sea level, on a mountain ridge overlooking the Sacred Valley. The partially restored site, built in the typical Incan style of polished dry-stone walls, spreads across multiple man-made terraces. Climb the path that extends above the complex to view the tiered ruins from above, and enjoy commanding views of the spectacular scenery that surrounds it. Built around 1450, possibly as an estate for the Incan emperor Pachacuti, the site was abandoned only a century later during the Spanish conquest. Incredibly, the Spanish conquistadors never learned of the site's existence, and it remained unknown to the wider world until 1911. In 2007, an online poll voted the now renowned site one of the New Seven Wonders of the World. Arrange to visit Santuario Historico de Machu Picchu and other attractions in Machu Picchu using our Machu Picchu trip itinerary builder.
Create an itinerary including Santuario Historico de Machu Picchu
© OpenMapTiles © OpenStreetMap contributors

Tours To Santuario Historico de Machu Picchu

Santuario Historico de Machu Picchu Reviews

Rate this attraction
TripAdvisor Traveler Rating
TripAdvisor Traveler Rating 5.0
19,560 reviews
TripAdvisor
  • Visiting the "Santuario Hist├│rico de Machu Picchu" is indeed a magical experience to anyone! We hear so much about its legends, its energy, its mysticism ... If you are thinking about going, keep...  more »
  • The only nevative I had was when my brother and I bought authentic peruvian guitars and drums. They forced us to leave the instruments at the gate when we had planned to meditate with the alpacas and....  more »

Plan your trip to Machu Picchu

  • Get a personalized plan

    A complete day-by-day itinerary
    based on your preferences
  • Customize it

    Refine your plan. We'll find the
    best routes and schedules
  • Book it

    Choose from the best hotels
    and activities. Up to 50% off
  • Manage it

    Everything in one place.
    Everyone on the same page.

Popular things to do in Machu Picchu

See all ›
4.7
Duration: 2h 30 min
4.9
Duration: 2h 30 min
4.0
Duration: 1h 30 min

Side trips from Machu Picchu

4.7
Duration: 2h 30 min
5.0
Duration: 4 hours

Hidden gems in Machu Picchu

4.3
Duration: 2h 30 min
4.6
Duration: 2h 30 min

Spas in Machu Picchu

4.7
Duration: 30 minutes
4.3
Duration: 30 minutes
4.0
Duration: 1h 30 min

Nearby attractions in Machu Picchu

4.8
Duration: 30 minutes
4.8
Duration: 2h 30 min
4.7
Duration: 2h 30 min
4.6
Duration: 2h 30 min

Nature in Machu Picchu

4.2
Duration: 2h 30 min