It is undeniably Peru's star attraction and even more than a century after its discovery, its ability to enchant, amaze and astound remains as strong as ever. A marvel of both engineering and architecture, its popularity is evident in its ability to transform the rhythm of the surrounding countryside -  thanks to the impressive influx of tourists on a quest to gaze on its ancient palaces and courtyards. This mighty citadel is none other than Machu Picchu, the Lost City of the Incas. Perched on the slopes of the Cordillera de Vilcabamba, it lies to the southwest of Cusco while Ollantaytambo and Urubamba lie to its southwest.

If you enjoy watching the past come to life against a stunning natural backdrop of lofty mountains carpeted in greenery, a visit to Peru's most famous monument to the past, deserves pride of place in your itinerary. And once you have viewed it up close, there can be no doubt that you too will be touched by the magic of this splendid complex. Ollantaytambo, a pretty little village with canals and cobblestone streets is one of the closest locations to this tourist hot spot.  If you happen to be enjoying the sights and sounds of this picturesque settlement, you will be able to view the ruins thanks to trains connecting it to Aguas Calientes which is a 2-hour trip away. On the other hand, if you are admiring Cusco's numerous ruins and intend to visit the one place which is even more popular, all you have to do is travel to Poroy Station and take a train which will see you at Aguas Calientes in approximately 4 hours.

Once you arrive at the town known for its natural warm pools, you will be able to take one of the many buses and arrive at the mountain top complex in approximately an hour. If you prefer to add a touch of excitement to your trip, you will find several agencies which organize treks which may include rafting, bike rides and even visits to other ruins. In spite of its discovery over a century ago, Machu Picchu's status as one of the top tourist destinations of all time remains undiminished.  And now you too will be able to view this monument which continues to inspire awe and wonder around the globe, up close. After arrival, you will be able to admire the exquisite stonework of its palaces, courtyards, living quarters and warehouses. You will also get to observe the mild natured llamas which happen to live among the ruins.

If you are in the mood for even more adventure, you may also climb Wayna Picchu which lies to the south of the complex. During your ascent, you will get to view the breathtaking scenery and wildlife of the mountains.  But the best reward of all is the panoramic view of Machu Picchu which can be enjoyed from its peak.