Machu Picchu is an incredible site. This ancient Inca citadel is renowned the world over for its majestic setting, architectural excellence and sacred overtones. For those arriving at sunrise via the Inca Trail, the experience of gazing through the Inca Sun Gate above the ruins is mystical.
The rock-hewn ruins, terraces and stairways of the site straddle a high mountain range flanked by sheer drops to the Urumbamba Valley below. The scene is overlooked by the peak of Huayna Picchu and surrounding green jungle summits.
The nearby town of Aguas Calientes is the staging post for the final push to Machu Picchu for those arriving by train from Cusco and a fitting place to recover for those who brave the Inca Trail.