Machupicchu Travel Guide
It is located northwest of Cusco, 129 kilometers above the Urubamba River (hence the name of the Vilcanota River), in the Vilcabamba Mountains. Its altitude is about 2380 m.a.s.l. The citadel of Machu Picchu is one of the most important archaeological sites in the world and is Peru’s main destination. Few works made by man show so much harmony with nature as the citadel of Machu Picchu shows us and the 33 archaeological groups that are united by means of the Inka road. The archaeological complex is located at the top of the mountain, Machu Picchu (in Quechua it means ancient mountain or important mountain) which gives the name to the citadel and the impressive landscape that we have all seen. In front of it, the incredible mountain of Wayna Picchu appears (“young mountain”) in whose summit and slopes some archaeological remains are located. Both peaks border the mighty Urubamba River that runs eastward, 400 meters below the citadel.