Why is Machu Picchu in danger?
Environmental groups and sometimes even UNESCO experts often lobby for the inclusion of Machu Picchu in the United Nations List of World Heritage in Danger to spur preservation. The site is threatened by deforestation, landslides and urban development.
How expensive is Machu Picchu?
Average budget for a trip to Machu Picchu:
|Average budget for a foreign adult||Price in dollars|
|Train ticket from Ollantaytambo to Aguas Calientes (round trip)||$ 140|
|Bus ticket from Aguas Calientes to Machu Picchu (round trip)||$ 24|
|Entrance to Machu Picchu||152 S/. ($ 47)|
|Total cost:||$ 339|
How fit do you need to be to visit Machu Picchu?
Treks to Machu Picchu vary in difficulty and length, but all require a basic level of fitness. In general you will be trekking anywhere between 10-15km a day, for up to six days on the longer routes (i.e. Choquequirao or Salkantay / Inca Trail Combo).
Why did they build Machu Picchu?
The most common conclusion from experts on Inca history and archaeologists is that it was built first and foremost as a retreat for the Inca and his family to worship natural resources, deities and specially the Sun, Inti.
How far is Machu Picchu from the closest town?
The closest town to the historic site is called Aguas Calientes Peru and is located just under four miles away from Machu Picchu. This town is very convenient for tourists who want to spend some time exploring the Incan attraction, and staying here helps set the stage for the perfect visit to the ruins.