The mountain-top ruins of Machu Picchu are the most popular tourist attraction in South America. Machu Picchu is one of the most magical places in the world and worthy of a top 10 spot.
Machu Picchu is a city located high in the . It lies 43 miles (69km) northwest of Cuzco at the top of a ridge Machu Picchu (meaning ‘ ’). It was built between 1460 and 1470 AD by Pachacuti Inca Yupanqui, an Incan ruler. Experts believe it was most likely a royal estate and religious retreat. The city has an high above the Urubamba River canyon cloud forest. The real is a walking route that leads through the mountains above the Urubamba River, following (at least partly) the course of an old Incan roadway leading to the city of Machu Picchu.