City located at 3,200 m.s.n.m. (10,500 p), reveals the different stages and cultures that have passed through it: Pre-Inca, Colonial and Republican. More than a capital, it was an administrative, military and religious city, similar to Mecca, and is now the oldest inhabited city of the American continent. Ruins, temples, churches and mansions make it a memorable destination, full of history and culture. A city with a splendid legacy, its winding streets lead visitors through its rich and beautiful past.
At a distance of 120 km. (75 miles) from Cusco, at an altitude of 2,400 m (7,900 p) s.m., there are the ruins of Machu Picchu. It is believed that Machu Picchu, the Lost City of the Incas, one of the best examples of Inca architecture, was built in the mid-15th century by the Inca Pachacutec. Lost in history, it was not discovered until 1911 by the American explorer Hiram Bingham.