Machu Picchu is a 15th-century Incan citadel located on a ridge between the Huayna Picchu and Machu Picchu mountains in Peru. It sits 7,970 feet (2,430 meters) above sea level on the eastern slope of the Andes and overlooks the Urubamba River hundreds of feet below.
The excellent preservation of this site, the quality of architecture, and the breathtaking mountain vista it occupies has made Machu Picchu one of the most famous archaeological sites in the world today. It’s recently been incorporated as one of the seven wonders of the world.
The site covers 80,000 acres (32,500 hectares). Terraced fields on the edge of the site were once used for growing crops, likely maize and potatoes. You can explore the site at your own leisure, usually about 4 hours is enough time to really understand the site. If you arrive late morning, arround 11am, you’ll miss all the crowds, and have a much quieter time there. In our view it’s a better time to explore!