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Machu Picchu is made up of more than 150 buildings ranging from baths and houses to temples and sanctuaries. The compound contains more than 100 separate flights of stairs.

Most of the individual staircases were carved from one slab of stone. Although many of the stones that were used to build the city were more than 50 pounds, it is believed that no wheels were used to transport these rocks up the mountain.

Below we have compiled a 2017 up-to-date guide to Machu Picchu, one of the most inspiring archaeological sites ever discovered. If travelling by land, Peru Hop have buses in all directions to and from Cusco, so make sure to combine your Machu Picchu experience with 1 of our world famous hop on hop off passes! During peak times of the year, tickets for these additional elements can sell out weeks in advance.

People from all over the world gather in Peru to revel in its beauty and grandeur. If you are looking for information on the best buses to take to Cusco, visit our passes page.

The access point to Machu Picchu is the town of Aguas Calientes (also known as Machu Picchu Pueblo).

In a letter to Major General Phillip Schuyler on this day in 1776, Congressional President John Hancock accuses the officer of tolerating discord among soldiers from different states under his command.

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Rather, it is thought that hundreds of men pushed the heavy rocks up the steep mountain side. Many different theories exist about Machu Picchu’s purpose—a royal estate and a secret ceremonial center among them. The Incas were some of the best masons in the world. A long-standing dispute between Peru and Yale University has existed over the artifacts collected by Bingham during his exploration of the site.

The structures were so well built with a technique called ashlar (stones that are cut to fit together without mortar) that not even a knife blade can fit in between stones. Machu Picchu was only known locally until Yale Professor Hiram Bingham re-discovered the site in 1911. Yale maintains that they own the items while Peru insists they were given on loan. Machu Picchu was an astronomical observatory, and its sacred Intihuatana stone accurately indicates the two equinoxes.