people email me asking on Machu Picchu city. They want to know more
about the location of the ruin in Machu Picchu city. Some of my
visitors want to know ' Is Machu Picchu a city?'. Some are curious,'
What this Machu Picchu actually is?'. So I planned to write a
page on 'Machu Picchu City'.
Machu Picchu city or Machu Picchu ruins!
you can take Machu Picchu as a city. But the truth is it was a city,
or a place to live, long long ago. This place was abandoned for some
unknown reasons, even before the Spaniards reached in Inca domain.
Since then it remained obscured, nobody knew the existence of Machu
Picchu until 1911, when Hiram Bingham discovered it. By then it had
turned to be a ruin only. When it was cleaned, the beauty and
mystery of this ruin attracted the interest of the world. Since then
the ruin had become a popular attraction for the tourists. The
famous Machu Picchu picture ( as above), you see everywhere, is
the picture of this ruin. And when people visit Machu Picchu,
they actually visit this ruin, not any city. The closest city from
Machu Picchu ruin is
Aguas Calientes. Local
authority renamed the city (Aguas Calientes) as Machu Picchu Pueblo recently. Pueblo
is a Spanish word, which means town or city. But the new name never
became popular. People here still call it Aguas Calientes.
Aguas Calientes is only few kilometers from Machu Picchu ruins and 112 km from Cusco city, Which is a
major city in
Peru. Now you know the location of Machu Picchu ruin, right ?
don't try to look for Machu Picchu city, because no city like Machu
Picchu exists now. Most of the Machu Picchu Tourists stay in
Aguas Calientes city. There are many hotels in this small touristy
town. And you will find lot of restaurants there. If you are looking
for luxury, then you can stay in one of the two luxury hotels, one at Aguas
calientes town, "Inkaterra Machu Picchu", and other one is "Machu
Picchu Sanctuary Lodge". Though the ruin now have nothing a present city
should have, other than the beautiful ruin itself.