What are the key ruins to see at the vast Machu Picchu site?

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Paul Brady

There are a few key ruins to see at Machu Picchu, which sprawls across the top of a mountain at more than 8,000 feet above sea level. Our Forbes Travel Guide editors recommend several notable sections and you’ll need a map to seek them out. The most impressive stonework can be found at Temple of the Sun, and the central plaza is a grassy patch at the heart of the site that was the central hub of the city at its height. It’s a steep hike to the top of Huayna Picchu, which over looks the ruins, but those who put in the effort are rewarded with breathtaking views. If you haven’t reached the site by the Inca Trail, you can trek up to the Sun Gate for a taste of the four-day journey and the view of the ruins that hikers first see at the end of their walk. Few visitors trek to the Inca Drawbridge, a sort of back door to Machu Picchu that offers an outstanding panorama on the valleys below.

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