When Hiram Bingham set out in 1907 to find the lost Inca treasure he could not have expected to find as enormous a jewel as he did. Machu Picchu is the lost city of the Inca built in the 15th Century over 2,300 meters above sea level. Today people come from all over the world to see for themselves this grand achievement of architecture and culture. The Sanctuary Lodge has prime position next to the ruins. Most tourists have long bus journeys to and from the site which means the site is very busy during the middle part of the day. Nothing ruins a historical marvel than loud-shirted and boisterous tourists. By taking a room at the sanctuary you will have access to the site during quieter periods. You can take dinner on the terrace while enjoying the mountain views and choose from a menu that specializes in local cuisine. The lodge itself has a strict eco policy and is careful not to unsubtle the fragile nature of the site which is more than can be said for the Inca architects of Machu Picchu, hewing, as they did, temples and palaces from the very living rock.