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Machu Picchu is been considered, by its astonishing magnificence and harmonious construction, as one of the most important architectural and archeological monuments of the planet.

Surrounded by mysteries, because archeologists have not been able to decipher the history and the function of this stone city, erected by the Incas in a magic geographical zone, where the Andean and the Amazonian come together.

To really appreciate this significant location we suggest to take your time and explore these easy to reach nearby destinations:

  1. The Sun Gate

    Top 5 Machu Picchu Side-trips! Watching the sun rise over Machu Picchu is magical. Getting up early enough and making sure you get to the Inca Sun Gate in time to watch the sun slowly appearing from behind the snow-covered peaks, just as the Incas did, is a once in a life-time experience. It is recommendable to make your way to Machu Picchu around 4 am as it is still a good hour’s walk to the Sun Gate after you passed the main entrance gate.

  2. The Inca Bridge

    Top 5 Machu Picchu Side-trips! A definite must-see is ‘el Puente Inca’, a bridge part of an Inca Trail running along the backside of Machu Picchu Mountain. It is made of many blocks of stone that are put on top of each other without the use of mortar against a vertical mountain slope. The thought of how many souls have found their end in the process of building it does not take away the admiration for the Inca’s engineering skills and desire to have quality infrastructure in such a rough environment. 

  3. Waterfalls of Mandor

    Top 5 Machu Picchu Side-trips! Sounding like part of a ‘Lord of the Rings’ movie, it is actually a very peaceful escape from the touristy Aguas Calientes town. An easy hour’s walk alongside the railroad tracks will get you to a lush tropical botanical garden, full of orchids, waterfalls and energy points for meditation. There is an entrance fee of about $ 4, but it’s more than worth it if you like to be surrounded by beautiful nature. Camping is allowed as well.    

  4. Hot Springs of Agua Calientes

    Top 5 Machu Picchu Side-trips! The town of Aguas Calientes exists only due to one reason: it is at the base of Machu Picchu. It’s the end station of the train as well as the Inca Trail and other treks to Machu Picchu. Its economy is solely centered on servicing tourists with food, drinks, souvenirs and accommodation. For those, who have some spare time before visiting Machu Picchu or preferably after to rest those sorry legs, a visit to the thermal baths is a gift from heaven. 

  5. Ollantaytambo

    Top 5 Machu Picchu Side-trips! Between Cusco and Machu Picchu lies the town of Ollantaytambo, also the last train stop before arriving to Aguas Calientes. Famous for its tremendous fortress cleaved to a mountainside offering views to all directions of the wind. This fortress was one of the last to be constructed by the Incas before the arrival of the Conquistadors. The abandoned stones and unfinished walls remain as testimonies of the battle with the Spanish, after which Manco Inca fled to the jungle. The town itself is noteworthy for its traditional markets.

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    Good post however , I was wondering if you could write a litte more on this topic? I’d be very grateful if you could elaborate a little bit more. Appreciate it!

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    Dos Manos Travel Agency Cusco 

    Hola Tutu! Thanks for your comments..our goal is to constantly update our travel blog with insider tips, videos, photos and travel stories by travelers just like you! We will glady take your suggestion into consideration and if you have any questions in the meantime do not hesitate to send us a message to Gracias!

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