Machu Picchu is 7,000 feet in altitude. Located in the Andes Mountains, Machu Picchu is one of the New 7 Wonders of the World and an UNESCO World Heritage Site.
Machu Picchu has been claimed to be the last “lost city” but there are many “lost cities”. Some archaeologist state it was Vilcabamba and some say is was Choquequirao. At the present time the “lost city” isn’t Machu Picchu although it is generally known as the “lost city” named by the Hiram Bingham.
Machu Picchu is an Inca complex made of more the 150 buildings, baths, temples, and houses. The entire sanctuary had more than 100 different stairs. Most of these stairs were carved from a single piece of stone.
Machu Picchu is made of Granite and the labs that are original are fit so tightly together that you can’t place a blade of a knife between them.
Machu Picchu was an astronomical observatory, and its sacred Intihuatana stone perfectly shows the two equinoxes. Twice a year during the equinoxes the sun does not cast a shadow from the stone. The equinoxes occur around about 20 March and 23 September.
The conquering Spanish destroyed most of the cities that the Inca and pre-Inca peoples created. What remains today are very few sites, Machu Picchu, Choquequirao, Vilcabamba, and Ollytaytombo city.
You might want to try climb up Huayna Picchu which in Quecha means “Young Mountain”. This is a must do if you are not fearful of heights. It is the mountain you see in the background of Machu Picchu Pictures.
You do have to make reservations. You can go to Tickets and make reservations for Machu Picchu and for Huayna Picchu. Yo can only pay with Visa or so it says. I Have not seen a person do this successfully though.