Elevated. Machu Picchu sits at approximately 8,000 ft in the Andes Mountains in the Cusco Region of Peru. This wonder (a UNESCO World Heritage Site), built by the Incan Empire, is something you have to see to believe. And trekking up to the ruins is the way to go. Starting at the hidroelectrica, hike to Aguas Calientes, then climb to the ruins in total cloud cover. When the clouds part, the ancient ruins come into full focus. Take in the magic, and explore.