New Tourist Circuits in Machu Picchu

by Freddy July 25, 2022
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Machu Picchu is considered a masterpiece of architecture and engineering at the same time. Its unique architectural and landscape features, as well as the mystery surrounding the numerous literary works published on the site, make it one of the most popular tourist destinations on the planet. Machu Picchu has been on the UNESCO World Heritage List since 1983 as part of an entire cultural and ecological complex known as the Machu Picchu Historical Reserve. According to many scholars, its original name should have been Llaqtapata, but there is no real story as there is no text to support it. According to history, it is speculated that this place was one of the resting places of the great Inca Pachacutec. However, Machu Picchu means ancient mountain, named after the location of Llaqta Inca.
Machu Picchu is located in an area of ​​32,592 hectares, the maximum expression that the Inca Culture left us. It is a most important architectural gem built during the time of the Inca Empire. One of the most important theories is that it was a refuge for the Ñustas or Virgins of the Sun, for which we can say that Machu Picchu was a hidden city and was not found by the Spanish at the time of the conquest.

Entrance Circuits to the Archaeological Complex of Machu Picchu

In Machu Picchu, you can not only find ceremonial temples but also in its surroundings you can see beautiful buildings and enjoy nature and biodiversity. Next we will see the routes that can be done and enjoy your travel to Machu Picchu and its surroundings to the fullest.
Machu Picchu alone.- This is the classic circuit of Machu Picchu and allows you to take a tour of the main Inca constructions as well as the area of ​​the platforms and terraces in the highest part (from there you can get a postcard photo of Machu Picchu). This route lasts approximately 2 hours and 30 minutes.

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Complete Machu Picchu.- This is the circuit that is most recommended to book and you will be able to visit all the places of the archaeological complex, this route lasts approximately 3 hours.

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Machu Picchu + Huayna Picchu Mountain.- This is a route that is part of circuit 4 and is in great demand. You will be able to appreciate not only the Inca citadel but also ascend to the top of the Huayna Picchu mountain from where you will be able to appreciate the Vilcanota River the citadel Inca from another perspective and the surrounding flora.

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Machu Picchu + Machu Picchu Mountain.- Due to the great demand for the Huayna Picchu mountain, a new circuit was opened towards the Machu Picchu mountain, which would be circuit 3. The Machu Picchu mountain is located south of the Machu Picchu citadel, this route offers an ascending path of approximately 1 hour and a half. Upon reaching the top of the mountain you will have a spectacular view of the Inca Citadel and everything that surrounds it.

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Machu Picchu + Huchuy Picchu.- This is circuit 4, which allows you to visit the main constructions of the urban sector of Machu Picchu: the Sacred Rock, the Temple of the Condor, the Temple of the Sun, the Water Mirrors, the Temple of the 3 Windows and lasts approximately 1 hour and a half.

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If you still have doubts about the entrance circuits to Machu Picchu, contact us at our direct WhatsApp Machu Picchu Viajes.

Places to Visit in Machu Picchu

The House of the Guardian.– This name is due to the Inca construction from where the surveillance of the Inca citadel was made, in addition, this place offers the classic photo of Machu Picchu.
casa del guardian machu picchu

The Intihuatana.- This Inca construction is a sundial made of a large stone sculpted on three levels. Its main function is to know the sowing and harvesting seasons of the seasonal products. Tourists who place their hands on this construction are believed to be filled with the energy that comes from the sun.
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The Main Temple.- This is an enclosure that is made up of three walls and the main platform as an offering table. It also has triangular windows where the offerings were placed.

templo principal machu picchu
The Temple of the Three Windows.- Its name is due to the fact that it is made up of a stone structure with three windows that symbolize the belief of the Inca world in its three levels: The Hanan Pacha (celestial world), the Kay Pacha (terrestrial world ) and the Uku Pacha (world of the dead).

templo de las tres ventanas machu picchu
The Temple of the Condor.- It is so called because on the floor the Incas made the molded form of a condor. The condor for the Incas is the sacred bird that represents the communication of the earthly world with the heavenly world.
templo del condor machu picchu

The Temple of the Sun.- It is one of the most important religious sites in Machu Picchu due to its fine stone finishes, its circular shape, and a window that looks north.
templo del sol machu picchu

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