The expansive Inca citadel of Machu Picchu, shrouded in mist and surrounded by lush greenery and high escarpments, meets all expectations. It is the most well-known archaeological site on the continent and is in a breathtaking position, making it a must-see for all travellers to Peru. Although nothing can take away the excitement of being here, it has become ingrained in our collective consciousness, much like the Mona Lisa or the Pyramids. The Spanish invaders were never shown this magnificent historic city, and it was all but forgotten until the early 20th century.
2018 was the most contentious change to entry policies at Machu Picchu since Hiram Bingham’s explorations, when the Peruvian government switched it from daily visitation to morning and afternoon rotations. To really enjoy the experience, visitors must plan more meticulously than before. The complex now has a daily limit of 5940 visitors (including those using the Inca Trail), although demand is still insatiable.