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Machu Picchu

HIGHLIGHTS

Machu Picchu, the Lost City of the Incas: Lost to the outside world for over 500 years and never found by the Spanish conquistadores, Machu Picchu is the finest example of an Inca citadel anywhere in Peru. Perched on a secluded mountain ridge on the edge of Peru’s Amazon Jungle, its many agricultural terraces and expertly crafted buildings and temples seamlessly merge into the mountainside. A UNESCO World Heritage Site, a New Wonder of the World and simply one of the most beautiful places on the planet, Machu Picchu offers the best insight into a mysterious lost civilization and embodies everything about the mighty Inca Empire.

Temple of the Moon: Apart from the royal palaces and exquisite sun temple, Machu Picchu also stands out for its Temple of the Moon. This natural cave, sculpted with curving stone walls, is well worth the 45 minute hike to Huayna Picchu. The Temple of the Moon consists of three structural components: an overhanging cave with superb stonework, a very tall double-jamb doorway beyond, and farther beyond, several structures including one that again uses a cave.

Huayna Picchu: Huayna Picchu is the majestic mountain that soars high above Machu Picchu. Situated directly to the north of the Inca citadel and forming part of the iconic scenery so well known to the region, Huayna Picchu is a popular attraction for visitors that want to hike to its top to enjoy a beautiful view of Machu Picchu.

Machu Picchu Mountain: Machu Picchu Mountain is located in front of the Huayna Picchu Mountain and to the left side of the Traditional Inca Trail. Its Spanish translation means Old Mountain. If you get to the top of the Mountain you can enjoy a beautiful panoramic view of the Machu Picchu’s citadel and Vilcabamba Valley.

WEATHER

Weather in Machu Picchu is warm and humid during the day and fresh at night. The temperature ranges between 54ºF and 75ºF. Between November and March the site is generally rainy (1955 mm per year), while between April to November is the dry shiny season and it is usually sunny. The best time to visit Machu Picchu is from May to October. Usually early in the morning it is really cold, but as the day goes by, the sun comes out and most of the time it gets really hot. Later in the afternoon, it can get windy and very cold again.

WHERE TO EAT

Café Inkaterra: Set in a beautiful stone and adobe building with a tall triangular shaped moss-covered roof, Café Inkaterra is certainly the most charming building in the whole town. Forming part of the luxury Inkaterra Machu Picchu Pueblo Hotel, Café Inkaterra is open daily to the public for lunch and dinner. The set menu with several delicious options includes starters, main dishes and desserts. During peak times a reservation is recommended. Café Inkaterra also has three free internet stations that diners can use. 
Address: Inkaterra Machu Picchu Pueblo Hotel 

Mapi Hotel Restaurant: The hotel offers a daily buffet lunch that is open to the public. The sleek and contemporary restaurant which backs onto a peaceful outdoor patio area (which can also be used) seats 70 people. The long main buffet table includes starters such as soups & bread, hams, cheeses and stuffed wantons etc., whilst beef stew, chicken, fish and pastas are offered for main dishes. On the other side of the restaurant a dessert table offers a selection of traditional Peruvian desserts. Herbal teas and coffee are included within the price, but other soft drinks and alcoholic beverages are purchased separately. 
Address: Av. Pachacutec, Machu Picchu Pueblo

Qunuq Restaurant: Taste the remarkable flavors of Peruvian gastronomy, elegantly expressed through a contemporary fusion of traditional Andean Cuisine. The finest ingredients from Peru’s coastal, highland and jungle regions are creatively presented by an internationally respected culinary master, Peru’s Chef Rafael Piqueras. From splendid new interpretations of causa and ceviche, to a gourmet menu where native ingredients like pumpkin, trout and alpaca are brilliantly presented as haute cuisine, Qunuq promises an unforgettable gastronomic experience.  
Address: Sumaq Machu Picchu Hotel

Indio Feliz Restaurant: The restaurant is located on 2 floors with 4 dining rooms. The decor is unique in design, and it features many hand crafted items from Peru and around the world. Indio Feliz offers a set 3-course menu with many options, or the classic menu. A full selection of soft and alcoholic beverages, including an extensive wine list, is also available. Address: Capac Yupanqui No. 103, Aguas Calientes.
Address: Portal de Carnes 236, 2nd Floor, Plaza de Armas

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