The closest airport to Machu Picchu is the airport in Cusco, known as the Alejandro Velasco Astete International Airport. Although this airport is international, there are no direct flights from the United States to here. Instead, most direct flights come from surrounding Latin American countries, such as Bolivia or Colombia. Almost all routes to Cusco from the United States have a layover in Lima before heading to Cusco, and the flights are generally quite expensive. Also, flying in and out of this airport can be hair-raising, due to how close it is to the city center and its geographical location high in the mountains. Flights can only depart during the day when visibility is clear and the weather is favorable.
Machu Picchu is an Incan citadel set high in the Andes Mountains in Peru, above the Urubamba River valley. Built in the 15th century and later abandoned, it’s renowned for its sophisticated dry-stone walls that fuse huge blocks without the use of mortar, intriguing buildings that play on astronomical alignments and panoramic views. Its exact former use remains a mystery.
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