Officially known as the Historic Sanctuary of Machu Pichu, this Peruvian destination was named Patrimony of Humanity by UNESCO in 1983. Its name comes from the Quechua language and it means “Old Mountain”. In fact, Machu Pichu it’s located between 2 mountains – 2,438 meters above sea level.
The awe-inspiring ancient city is conformed by 150 temples, palaces and water canals built in the fifteenth century. In the high season, from late May until early September 2,500 people arrive daily. Despite this great tourist influx, the site manages to retain an air of grandeur and mystery, and is a must for all visitors to Peru.
The way to get to Machu Pichu is to stop in Cusco where as a Royal Holiday member you can stay at the Midori Hotel, a Colonial villa with all the commodities, including sauna, Jacuzzi and a buffet style restaurant. The magic Inca city is 132 kms. There’s a train that takes you to the ruins, but you must purchase tickets in advance at perurail.com or incarail.com. When booking your trains, remember that Aguas Calientes is a small town at the base of Machu Picchu and where the Machu Picchu train station is. You can also take a taxi, bus, or Colectivo Van.