The historic site of Machu Picchu is one of the holy grails of travel. Backpackers dream of hiking the trail — or if they don’t want to hike, of at least hopping the train from Cusco. History buffs come to see first-hand the place that was a pilgrimage for the Inca. New-agey folk come for the summer and winter solstices, when it’s said the site holds special powers as the sunlight hits at just the right angle. And photographers come to capture the magic of the ruins atop a rainforest-shrouded mountain, draped in mist.
If you haven’t been to Machu Picchu yet, these photos might inspire you to finally book your ticket. Plus, we’ve added in a few facts you might not have known about the site, as well as some tips to help you make the most of that dream trip.
Perform a major lifehack on your Peru travel plans by fitting a scenic train ride, a soak in hot springs, and a visit to Machu Picchu all into one day.