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Machu Picchu Tours

Huayna Picchu and Machu Picchu Mountain - You can opt to climb either of these mountains as an extra to your entrance ticket. From both, you get an incredible view of the archaeological site.

Huayna Picchu and Machu Picchu Mountain - You can opt to climb either of these mountains as an extra to your entrance ticket. From both, you get an incredible view of the archaeological site.

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Experience the sunrise behind this New Seven Wonder

Machu Picchu is one of the New Seven Wonders of the World, and it’s no surprise why. It’s a fascinating and incredible ancient site built upon a hillside in the Andes. There aren’t many other places on this planet that can conjure up the feelings you’ll experience when you step inside and witness its sights for the first time.

After the fall of the Incan Empire, the site was all but forgotten until it was rediscovered around 400 years later. There is still a lot regarding the amazing site that remains a mystery and a lot of secrets yet to be uncovered. But there’s no doubt that it will amaze any visitor with its sheer size and structure placed where it is.

Machu Picchu is one of the New Seven Wonders of the World, and it’s no surprise why. It’s a fascinating and incredible ancient site built upon a hillside in the Andes. There aren’t many other places on this planet that can conjure up the feelings you’ll experience when you step inside and witness its sights for the first time.

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If you have a love for adventure and enjoying some of the best hiking routes in the world, our Sacred Valley & Machu Picchu 2 Days is for you. It combines the most exciting trekking trails with the most incredible scenery you can imagine. Join us on your own, in a couple, or as part of a group.

Sacred Valley & Machu Picchu

This package is a combination of the popular day tour of the Sacred Valley and the classic train tour to Machu Picchu, one of the New Seven Wonders of the World. We offer you incredible amounts of beauty and history over an exciting 2-day trip.

This package is a combination of the popular day tour of the Sacred Valley and the classic train tour to Machu Picchu, one of the New Seven Wonders of the World. We offer you incredible amounts of beauty and history over an exciting 2-day trip.

This adventure includes a full-day tour in the Sacred Valley, a trip to Aguas Calientes on the beautiful Vistadome Train, a night of rest in a comfortable hotel, and dinner at the best restaurant in Aguas Calientes. We’ll end with a visit to the fantastic city of Machu Picchu, where you’ll have the opportunity to climb the Huayna Picchu Mountain or Machu Picchu Mountain and learn all the secrets of the Incas.

Machu Picchu Tours

There are a variety of tours available to visit Machu Picchu. You can go directly on a one or two-day trip, or you can choose to enjoy it at the end of one of the many treks available.

Machu Picchu One Day Tour
Peru
Moderate
1-DAY TOUR
Machu Picchu One Day Tour
If you’re worried about missing out on the World Wonder of Machu Picchu while in Cusco, think again! We’ve put together the perfect one-day tour for you to spend as much time at the archeological complex as possible.
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US$ 320 pp
The Incredible Train Journey to the Inca Fortress
Peru
Moderate
2-DAY TOURS
Machu Picchu Tour by Train
Machu Picchu is a tourist destination that thousands of people dream of visiting. It’s considered one of the New 7 Wonders of the World and offers its visitors the architectural and engineering wonders that the Incas built and indescribable energy that renews the spirit.
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From
US$ 400 pp
The legendary city of Rainbow Mountain
Peru
Moderate to Challenging
4-DAYS HIKE
Machu Picchu and Rainbow Mountain
If you want to see the best that Cusco has to offer, learn all about the amazing history of the Incas, and be astounded by sheer natural beauty, our 4 Day Rainbow Mountain and Machu Picchu tour is for you. Whether you’re traveling by yourself, as a couple, or in a group, we’ll plan your itinerary down to the last detail, so all you have to do is enjoy yourself.
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US$ 450 pp
The mountains are calling and we must go!
The imposing Machu Picchu, Experience the sunrise behind this New Seven Wonder

The Best Adventure Combinations in Peru

Every journey we design is carefully curated and completely bespoke, fine-tuned to your passions and interests. Experience jaw-dropping natural wonders, mysterious ancient civilisations, diverse indigenous culture and unique wildlife with some of the best trek combinations in Peru and South America.

The Beautiful Andean Hike to Machu Picchu

Huchuy Qosqo Trek to Machu Picchu 3 Days

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  • Trek Highest Altitude
    4,200 m / 13,780 ft Max. altitude
  • Hiking Level Peru
    Moderate Difficulty

Is your idea of the perfect vacation a trek to Machu Picchu but away from the crowds? If the answer is yes, look no further than the 3-day Huchuy Qosqo to Machu Picchu trek. Enjoy this incredibly picturesque hike through stunning landscapes as you observe beautiful towns, find llamas and alpacas, and witness soaring mountain peaks and a surprising variety of local flora and fauna.

Is your idea of the perfect vacation a trek to Machu Picchu but away from the crowds? If the answer is yes, look no further than the 3-day Huchuy Qosqo to Machu Picchu trek. Enjoy this incredibly picturesque hike through stunning landscapes as you observe beautiful towns, find llamas and alpacas, and witness soaring mountain peaks and a surprising variety of local flora and fauna.

You’ll also make new friends in local communities where you can immerse yourself in their world and learn all about their customs and traditions as you walk in the footsteps of their ancestors on parts of the mythical Inca Trail. This is the perfect trip for those short on time who want a real, rural Andean experience. Join us on the trail for the adventure of a lifetime today!

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Experience the trek of a lifetime to Machu Picchu!

The Classic Inca Trail 4 Days

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  • Trek Highest Altitude
    4,215 m / 13,829 ft Max. altitude
  • Hiking Level Peru
    Moderate to Challenging Difficulty

The world-famous Inca Trail to Machu Picchu is one of the best trekking routes in South America. Walk in the footsteps of our Inca nobility ancestors to their incredible Inca fortress, Machu Picchu, and dare to discover their secrets.

The Inca Trail is where those most daring choose to trek to Machu Picchu, UNESCO World Heritage Site. Visit unique archaeological sites that can only be accessed on foot along this route and become enveloped in the stunning Andean mountain landscape and thick vegetation. You’ll be challenged along the way but will receive the most amazing reward when you enter through the Sun Gate to look over mystical Machu Picchu for the first time.

The world-famous Inca Trail to Machu Picchu is one of the best trekking routes in South America. Walk in the footsteps of our Inca nobility ancestors to their incredible Inca fortress, Machu Picchu, and dare to discover their secrets.

The Inca Trail is where those most daring choose to trek to Machu Picchu, UNESCO World Heritage Site. Visit unique archaeological sites that can only be accessed on foot along this route and become enveloped in the stunning Andean mountain landscape and thick vegetation. You’ll be challenged along the way but will receive the most amazing reward when you enter through the Sun Gate to look over mystical Machu Picchu for the first time.

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Experience the definitive Andean Trek

The Classic Lares Trek 4 Days

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  • Trek Highest Altitude
    4,700 m / 15,420 ft Max. altitude
  • Hiking Level Peru
    Moderate to Challenging Difficulty

Our exciting four-day trek from Lares to Machu Picchu offers a magical and breathtaking experience that you’ll never forget! It’s a wonderful option for those who want to enjoy an off-the-beaten-path trek and see incredible scenery while in great company.

Along the trail, you’ll find rivers, lakes, waterfalls, and awe-inspiring views of the Andes mountain range's snow-capped peaks. If you’re interested in Andean Culture, this trail is the perfect choice. You’ll get to visit various countryside communities where they raise sheep, llamas, and alpacas and get up close and personal with the communities.

Our exciting four-day trek from Lares to Machu Picchu offers a magical and breathtaking experience that you’ll never forget! It’s a wonderful option for those who want to enjoy an off-the-beaten-path trek and see incredible scenery while in great company.

Along the trail, you’ll find rivers, lakes, waterfalls, and awe-inspiring views of the Andes mountain range's snow-capped peaks. If you’re interested in Andean Culture, this trail is the perfect choice. You’ll get to visit various countryside communities where they raise sheep, llamas, and alpacas and get up close and personal with the communities.

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The Exhilarating Jungle Adventure to Machu Picchu

Classic Inca Jungle Trail 4 Days

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    Lodge, Hotel & Domes Accommodation
  • Trek Highest Altitude
    4,350 m / 14,272 ft Max. altitude
  • Hiking Level Peru
    Moderate to Challenging Difficulty

The Classic Inca Jungle Trail to Machu Picchu is the perfect excursion for those passionate about exciting activities and thrills. Not only will you be hiking, but you’ll also be biking, rafting, and even ziplining! We think you’ll agree it’s quite an adventure.

You’ll pass by Inca archaeological sites through stunning landscapes and the luscious jungle until you reach the small town of Aguas Calientes at the base of Machu Picchu. On your last day, you’ll enter the great Inca citadel, one of the World's New Seven Wonders. Let the magic of the Incas envelop you and wrap you up in its mystical history as you explore and unravel secrets. Are you up for the challenge?

The Classic Inca Jungle Trail to Machu Picchu is the perfect excursion for those passionate about exciting activities and thrills. Not only will you be hiking, but you’ll also be biking, rafting, and even ziplining! We think you’ll agree it’s quite an adventure.

You’ll pass by Inca archaeological sites through stunning landscapes and the luscious jungle until you reach the small town of Aguas Calientes at the base of Machu Picchu. On your last day, you’ll enter the great Inca citadel, one of the World's New Seven Wonders. Let the magic of the Incas envelop you and wrap you up in its mystical history as you explore and unravel secrets. Are you up for the challenge?

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The Historical Cachicata Inca Trek

Inca Quarry Trail to Machu Picchu 4 Days

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  • Trek Highest Altitude
    4,500 m / 14,764 ft Max. altitude
  • Hiking Level Peru
    Moderate to Challenging Difficulty

If you’re looking to get away from the crowds and enjoy an off-the-beaten-path trek to Machu Picchu, then the Inca Quarry Trail is an excellent alternative. Over the years, it’s managed to stay off the list of traditional tourist routes. That doesn’t mean it’s any less exciting, though.

This route is perfect for those looking to delve further into the Inca’s history and see firsthand how life in the Andes is for the locals who live in remote regions. You’ll get up close and personal with small communities and witness their day-to-day lives. On this route, you’ll also see some unique Inca sites that very few people get to see, even those from Cusco!

If you’re looking to get away from the crowds and enjoy an off-the-beaten-path trek to Machu Picchu, then the Inca Quarry Trail is an excellent alternative. Over the years, it’s managed to stay off the list of traditional tourist routes. That doesn’t mean it’s any less exciting, though.

This route is perfect for those looking to delve further into the Inca’s history and see firsthand how life in the Andes is for the locals who live in remote regions. You’ll get up close and personal with small communities and witness their day-to-day lives. On this route, you’ll also see some unique Inca sites that very few people get to see, even those from Cusco!

The Inca Quarry was recently included in the top six Alternative Routes to Machu Picchu by National Geographic, making it an excellent trek to choose from.

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The Best of Both Worlds

Machu Picchu & Rainbow Mountain 4 Days

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    Hotel Accommodation
  • Trek Highest Altitude
    5,100 m / 16,732 ft Max. altitude
  • Hiking Level Peru
    Moderate to Challenging Difficulty

Explore the living history and breathtaking scenery of the Peruvian highlands on this incredible experience. You’ll begin in the Imperial City and discover what made Cusco the center of the Inca Empire! Then, you’ll head to the Sacred Valley to visit the giant agricultural laboratory of Moray, as well as the Maras Salt Mines.

Explore the living history and breathtaking scenery of the Peruvian highlands on this incredible experience. You’ll begin in the Imperial City and discover what made Cusco the center of the Inca Empire! Then, you’ll head to the Sacred Valley to visit the giant agricultural laboratory of Moray, as well as the Maras Salt Mines.

Once you reach Ollantaytambo, you’ll take the train to the legendary city of Machu Picchu, one of the grandest and most enthralling sites in Latin America and the whole world, for a privately guided tour. Your adventure doesn’t end there. After, you’ll discover the incredible Rainbow Mountain and be in awe of its natural beauty.

Explore the living history and breathtaking scenery of the Peruvian highlands on this incredible experience. You’ll begin in the Imperial City and discover what made Cusco the center of the Inca Empire! Then, you’ll head to the Sacred Valley to visit the giant agricultural laboratory of Moray, as well as the Maras Salt Mines.

Once you reach Ollantaytambo, you’ll take the train to the legendary city of Machu Picchu, one of the grandest and most enthralling sites in Latin America and the whole world, for a privately guided tour. Your adventure doesn’t end there. After, you’ll discover the incredible Rainbow Mountain and be in awe of its natural beauty.

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The Savage Mountain Trail to Machu Picchu

The Classic Salkantay Trek 5 Days

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    Camp & Hotel Accommodation
  • Trek Highest Altitude
    4,630 m / 15,190 ft Max. altitude
  • Hiking Level Peru
    Moderate to Challenging Difficulty

After spending some time in the capital of the Inca Empire, Cusco, join us on the Classic Salkantay Trek to the World Wonder of Machu Picchu. The best alternative route to the Inca citadel will take you to the stunning Humantay Lake, the imposing Salkantay Mountain, through the fascinating cloud forest, and then to the edge of the Peruvian jungle.

You’ll spend each night in comfortable accommodation and enjoy some of the tastiest food around - in the middle of the mountains! Experienced guides will be with you all the way to teach you about the history and nature of the region. Enjoy this route in comfort and great company.

After spending some time in the capital of the Inca Empire, Cusco, join us on the Classic Salkantay Trek to the World Wonder of Machu Picchu. The best alternative route to the Inca citadel will take you to the stunning Humantay Lake, the imposing Salkantay Mountain, through the fascinating cloud forest, and then to the edge of the Peruvian jungle.

You’ll spend each night in comfortable accommodation and enjoy some of the tastiest food around - in the middle of the mountains! Experienced guides will be with you all the way to teach you about the history and nature of the region. Enjoy this route in comfort and great company.

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The Dreamed Adventure through the Andes

The Classic Ancascocha Trek 5 Days

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    Camp & Hotel Accommodation
  • Trek Highest Altitude
    4,650 m / 15,255 ft Max. altitude
  • Hiking Level Peru
    Moderate to Challenging Difficulty

One of the least known routes to the incredible Machu Picchu is the Ancascocha trail. It’s far less crowded than other tourist treks, and not many people travel along the route. In fact, not a lot of companies offer the tour because it’s so off-the-beaten-path. Despite these facts, it’s still considered one of South America’s best treks and was declared as one of the 20 dream hikes by National Geographic on their best walks in the world list.

Along the route, you’ll spot Inca constructions and quaint villages, as you’re accompanied by the beautiful mountain views of the Vilcabamba and Urubamba mountain ranges. Spectacular landscapes are everywhere, and you’ll get some fantastic photo opportunities. This trip combines high altitude Andes hiking, fascinating history, fantastic cultural elements, and rare solitude on arguably the best route to Machu Picchu.

One of the least known routes to the incredible Machu Picchu is the Ancascocha trail. It’s far less crowded than other tourist treks, and not many people travel along the route. In fact, not a lot of companies offer the tour because it’s so off-the-beaten-path. Despite these facts, it’s still considered one of South America’s best treks and was declared as one of the 20 dream hikes by National Geographic on their best walks in the world list.

Along the route, you’ll spot Inca constructions and quaint villages, as you’re accompanied by the beautiful mountain views of the Vilcabamba and Urubamba mountain ranges. Spectacular landscapes are everywhere, and you’ll get some fantastic photo opportunities. This trip combines high altitude Andes hiking, fascinating history, fantastic cultural elements, and rare solitude on arguably the best route to Machu Picchu.

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Feel the Spirit of the Andes

Machu Picchu, Ausangate & Rainbow Mountain 6 Days

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    Camps & Hotel Accommodation
  • Highest altitudes in Peru
    5,100 m / 16,732 ft Max. altitude
  • Trekking Difficulty Level
    Moderate to Challenging Difficulty

This package boasts the best of the best when it comes to the Peruvian Andes. It combines the most amazing places in Cusco; Cusco city, Sacred Valley, Machu Picchu, Ausangate, and Rainbow Mountain. If you want to visit all these places when you come to Peru, why not combine them in a fantastic 6-day adventure where every last detail is planned for you?

This package boasts the best of the best when it comes to the Peruvian Andes. It combines the most amazing places in Cusco; Cusco city, Sacred Valley, Machu Picchu, Ausangate, and Rainbow Mountain. If you want to visit all these places when you come to Peru, why not combine them in a fantastic 6-day adventure where every last detail is planned for you?

Recharge yourself mentally and physically by the most powerful energy points in the Cusco region. Immense sacred glaciers like the imposing Apu Ausangate, turquoise lakes, wild animals, and the captivating Rainbow Mountain are the perfect complement to the ancient Inca city of Machu Picchu. This trip really has it all for you to see everything special about Cusco.

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The all in one unmissable journey of Cusco highlights

Cusco Highlights Tour 7 Days

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    Camp & Hotel Accommodation
  • Trek Highest Altitude
    5,100 m / 16,732 ft Max. altitude
  • Hiking Level Peru
    Moderate to Challenging Difficulty

Do you want to explore the most important sites of Cusco in one of our most favorite treks for travelers? Then this tour is ideal for you. We have created a trip that combines the best of both worlds. This 7-day program will take you through spectacular monuments, lush valleys and trails that lead to glacial mountains, considered the highest in the region.

Your adventure begins in the city of Cusco exploring its closest archaeological sites. Then, from the beautiful Sacred Valley of the Incas, you will visit the impressive sites: Chinchero, Moray, Salineras de Maras, Urubamba and Ollantaytambo until arriving by train to the legendary citadel of Machu Picchu, where you will have a guided tour to learn the origins of this sacred place and appreciate its imposing Inca architecture.

Afterwards, you will head up the famous 2-day short trail to Salkantay Mountain, appreciating the magical Humantay Lake and the imposing snow-capped Salkantay in the distance, before resting in our exclusive Sky Camp. Finally, you will visit the Rainbow Mountain on a trek accompanied by the beautiful view of Ausangate, a memorable trip that you can't miss!

Your adventure begins in the city of Cusco exploring its closest archaeological sites. Then, from the beautiful Sacred Valley of the Incas, you will visit the impressive sites: Chinchero, Moray, Salineras de Maras, Urubamba and Ollantaytambo until arriving by train to the legendary citadel of Machu Picchu, where you will have a guided tour to learn the origins of this sacred place and appreciate its imposing Inca architecture.

Afterwards, you will head up the famous 2-day short trail to Salkantay Mountain, appreciating the magical Humantay Lake and the imposing snow-capped Salkantay in the distance, before resting in our exclusive Sky Camp. Finally, you will visit the Rainbow Mountain on a trek accompanied by the beautiful view of Ausangate, a memorable trip that you can't miss!

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The Challenging Route of the Incas

Choquequirao & Machu Picchu 8 Days

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    Camps & Hotel Accommodation
  • Highest altitudes in Peru
    4,650 m / 15,256 ft Max. altitude
  • Trekking Difficulty Level
    Challenging to Strenuous Difficulty

This exhilarating expedition will take you to two of Peru’s most famous and significant archeological sites: Choquequirao e Machu Picchu. Both of these ancient cities were considered towns of nobles and priests, and this meant that they were of great importance to the Incas.

On this epic adventure, you’ll get the chance to learn about the legends and treasures left behind by the Inca and listen to the stories the majestic mountains are aching to share with you. These towns marked the beginning of the end of the Inca empire and were abandoned before the Spanish conquerors were able to follow them there and exploit their treasures. Join us on this trek to experience untouched beauty, revel in fascinating history, and hike in the final steps of one of the world's most influential ancient cultures—the Incas.

This exhilarating expedition will take you to two of Peru’s most famous and significant archeological sites: Choquequirao e Machu Picchu. Both of these ancient cities were considered towns of nobles and priests, and this meant that they were of great importance to the Incas.

On this epic adventure, you’ll get the chance to learn about the legends and treasures left behind by the Inca and listen to the stories the majestic mountains are aching to share with you. These towns marked the beginning of the end of the Inca empire and were abandoned before the Spanish conquerors were able to follow them there and exploit their treasures. Join us on this trek to experience untouched beauty, revel in fascinating history, and hike in the final steps of one of the world's most influential ancient cultures—the Incas.

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All of our horsemen are from Mollepata, which is the starting point of our trek. We make sure to employ responsible people that are serious about what they do. This way, they do an excellent job at transporting everyone’s items along the trail with mules and are in charge of getting your gear safely to each campsite where it will be waiting for you.

Our horsemen are very content with us receiving a good salary and benefits at the end of each season. Salkantay Trekking provides all the mountain gear and uniforms to the horsemen. These guys can be of great help in an emergency because they know the area and trail like the back of their hand.

In addition to the trekking and camping equipment, each horse carries 40kg of the trekkers’ belongings. You’ll have 7kg of allowance for your gear.

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In all of our trekking trips, the chef ensures high-quality meals on time, an adequate diet both in its quality and quantity. The secret lies in the careful selection of our team of chefs, whose top-quality restaurant background, creativity and passion for their jobs provide an unequalled touch to all of our meals. We do not have set menus since we wish to give our chefs the chance to create, innovate and surprise our clients through delicious dishes in every trip.

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We do not have set menus since we wish to give our chefs the chance to create, innovate and surprise our clients through delicious dishes in every trip. We provide general guidelines, guest information on dietary restrictions and preferences and, most especially, the tools for a constant updating of our cooks’ knowledge in both Peruvian and International cuisine through specialization courses and training.

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Enjoy a good night’s sleep in our spacious Eureka tent. All our tents are built to be four man tents, but you will only have to share with one other trekker. This leaves a lot of room to spread out comfortably and store your duffels. They are an A-frame design, with entrances on both sides of the tent. They also include a vestibule in front, giving you some extra outdoor space to leave your boots and walking sticks. We are proud to be the only company to use these tents.

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With astonishingly varied landscapes, stunning scenery, compelling history, and a legacy of fascinating cultures, there is truly something for everyone. Our expeditions in Peru are designed to showcase all that this country has to offer.

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Immersed in lots of vegetation, the choquequirao archaeological center

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Machu Picchu Travel Guide

Before You Go, What You Should Know

We hope that this Peru & Machu Picchu travel guide will serve as a reference for you to prepare for and undertake an exceptional and seamless journey through this “Empire of Hidden Treasures.”

  • Machu Picchu Highlights

    When visiting this ancient citadel, you can expect to enjoy the following:

    • Experience the sunrise behind this New Seven Wonder.
    • Feel the magic of the Incas fill your soul as you gaze out across their ancient fortress and picture how things were back then.
    • Huayna Picchu and Machu Picchu Mountain - You can opt to climb either of these mountains as an extra to your entrance ticket. From both, you get an incredible view of the archaeological site.
    • The Sun Gate - This was the original entrance to Machu Picchu, from where the hikers on the Inca Trail now enter daily.
    • Enjoy a tour of all the important sites in the citadel in the company of an experienced and knowledgable guide.
  • How to Get Acclimated

    It's no secret that Machu Picchu is at a relatively high altitude, and you need to visit Cusco beforehand, which sits at over 3,000 masl. For this reason, it's very important to take precautions regarding the altitude. We strongly advise spending 2 to 3 days in the city before engaging in any strenuous activity to adjust.

    You may find that your doctor back home is able to prescribe some altitude medicine, but if not, you can buy pills in the pharmacies in Cusco upon arrival in case you feel ill. These also sell small cans of oxygen, which can help with feeling light-headed or nauseous.

    If you prefer a more natural way to deal with the altitude, you can opt for a coca or muna tea. Both of these have been drunk since Incan times and are a great help for headaches or feeling unwell. You will also find candies in both flavours to take with you on trips.

  • Where is Machu Picchu?

    Machu Picchu is a little isolated in a remote area of Peru and can only be accessed by taking the train or trekking there. It is located in the Cusco Region, in the Urubamba Province, within the Machu Picchu District. This is above the Sacred Valley of the Incas and about 80 kilometres to the North West of Cusco.

  • Planning Your Visit

    As with any trip, the further ahead you plan, the better. This is especially true if you wish to do the Inca Trail or climb the Huayna Picchu Mountain inside Machu Picchu. Both of these sell out months in advance, particularly for the high season between April and October.

    You are able to organize a trip to Machu Picchu by yourself, but most prefer to go through a travel company to make sure that everything goes smoothly.

    If you won’t have much time in Cusco, you can decide to go on a one or two day trip, which will take you to Aguas Calientes where you’ll visit Machu Picchu and then return to Cusco.

    If you have more time, we highly recommend one of the treks available. You will experience walking through the incredible landscapes of the Andes as well as mee some new friends and have fun along the way.

    Make sure you have everything organized well in advance, including your flight tickets and an up to date passport. The more organized you are, the more likely everything will go as planned and you’ll be able to enjoy your trip.

  • Things to Know Before Traveling to Machu Picchu

    Before heading to this World Wonder, there are a few things you should know.

    • Take your passport because you won’t be allowed in without it. At the entrance your ticket details will be checked against your passport, so make sure all the information on your ticket is correct.
    • Print out your tickets as you’ll need to hand them over upon arrival.
    • If you would like, you can stamp your passport with a special Machu Picchu stamp and the date as you go inside.
    • Buy your tickets beforehand to avoid disappointment if they are sold out. The tickets are also not available at the gates.
    • You can either hike up thecouple of thousand steps to Machu Picchu or go on a bus tha departs from Aguas Calientes. The same goes for coming down.
    • You can opt to hike the extra mountains of Huayna Picchu or Machu Picchu inside. However, you need to buy these tickets along with your entrance as they can not be added on the day of your visit or after you have the tickets.
    • You can hike to the Sun Gate for no extra cost once inside.
    • Make sure you take plenty of sun protection as well as an insect repellent. Long sleeves and pants are recommended to avoid insect bites.
    • Once you go inside the archaeological site, there are no bathrooms, so make sure you go before you enter.
    • You can opt to buy an entrance ticket for the morning or the afternoon. The morning means you can see the sunrise, but it is busier at this time. You can also only hike the extra mountains in the morning shift. The afternoon is better if you wish to enjoy a more peaceful trip to the site.
    • Take lots of water as you will get thirsty walking around and there are no shops inside. You aren’t allowed to take plastic bottles or any food, though.
    • There’s no allowance for the use of tripods, selfie sticks, or drones inside, so don’t take them or you will get in trouble.
    • Take a good camera to get some unforgettable photos.
  • When to Visit Machu Picchu

    The best time to visit Machu Picchu is from May to October, which is the dry season. You will, however, experience a lot more visitors during this time, so it’s up to you. May to August are especially busy, but the weather tends to be nice and sunny.

    From November to March it’s the rainy season, and you will find it rains most days at Machu Picchu. It can also make the floor slippery, which can be a little dangerous if you wish to hike Huayna Picchu. The Inca Trail is also closed in February for these reasons.

  • Things Not to Miss in Machu Picchu

    Here are a few of the must-see sites while inside the citadel of Machu Picchu.

    The Watchman’s Hut

    When you first go into Machu Picchu you’ll see the Watchman’s Hut, from where you can get a great view over the whole site.

    The Funerary Stone

    Close to the Watchman’s Hur is a peculiar rock known as the Funerary Stone. No one is sure of what it was used for, but many experts believe it could have been an altar for sacrifices.

    Temple of the Sun

    This is one of the top sites inside. It’s close to the main fountain and is the best example of fine stonework. Some suggest it was an astronomical observatory.

    The Royal Tomb

    Next to the Temple of the Sun is the Royal Tomb. It was named this because at the base of the structure is a small ‘cave,’ which is why Hiram Bingham, who rediscovered Machu Picchu, thought it looked like a tomb.

    The Fountains

    You’ll see various little fountains around Machu Picchu that fill more than 16 baths, which are filled from lots of stone channels with natural spring waters.

    Temple of Three Windows

    This sector is made up of large stones. Some of these weigh more than 3 tons and pose the question of how were these moved by the Incas. It’s one of the three buildings that make up the Sacred Plaza.

    The Principal Temple

    This is another of the buildings in the Sacred Plaza and got its name because it’s so large. There’s a stone embedded in the building that is believed to represent the Southern Cross star formation.

    House of the High Priest

    This is the last of the buildings in the Sacred Plaza and is the only structure to have four walls. It’s one of the few solid structures in the archaeological site.

    The House of Ornaments

    This is said by many to be the finest structure inside. There are various niches dotted about inside where it’s believed they stored ornaments in the past.

    Intihuatana

    The Intihuatana is one of the most recognizable sites in the citadel and was used as a sundial in the times of the Incas. The rocks form mimics that of Huayna Picchu that you can see behind it.

    The Central Plaza

    This is the area of grass that creates a separation between the residential area and the functional zone. You might even see a llama here! Visitors aren’t allowed on the grass.

    The Sacred Rock

    This large stone is in the form of the mountain Putucusi that sits behind it. Some liken it to the shape of a guinea pig. No one is sure what it was used for, but researchers have suggested that recitals of poetry and music took place here.

    The Mortar

    It might not be as interesting or detailed as the rest of Machu Picchu, but it is the largest and where the average person would have resided.

    The Prison Group

    This is a complex part of the citadel where prisoners would have been kept. You’ll see areas above and underground as well as deep hols where they would hold prisoners. You can also observe an incredible carving of the great condor here.

    Terraces

    You can’t come to Machu Picchu without taking a visit to the many terraces down the side of the ancient fortress. These are a great place to take a break and appreciate the grand view in front of you.

  • Machu Picchu: Tips for Visiting

    Keep these tips in mind when visiting Machu Picchu.

    • Take a day pack where you can carry your camera, water, and perhaps a guidebook. Do not take food inside as it’s not allowed, not even fruit.
    • Arrive as early as possible to avoid the larger crowds and get a glimpse of the sun coming up over the site.
    • Buy your ticket in advance to make sure you can visit on the date you want to. Booking late means that it may be sold out, especially the extra mountain hikes.
    • Do an extra hike if you can. You can either pay to go up to Huayna Picchu or Machu Picchu Mountain, or you can head up to the Sun Gate for no extra cost. You can get a great view from them all.
    • Take your time to fully enjoy the citadel as much as you can and to make sure you visit all the important sites.
    • Hire a guide if you are going by yourself to learn all about Machu Picchu. It’s a much more interesting visit if you understand what every section and structure are.
  • Things to Do in Aguas Calientes

    You can’t go to Machu Picchu without spending some time in the small town of Aguas Calientes. Let’s take a look at some of the things you can do while you’re there.

    Do Some Shopping

    If you find yourself with a little bit of extra time, there are plenty of places to do a bit of shopping for some souvenirs or gifts for friends and family back home. The local artisan market has the best options on offer.

    Enjoy One of the Many Restaurants

    It’s no surprise that with the large number of visitors, there are a lot of restaurants in town. You’ll surely have some time to enjoy one of them and sip a pisco sour. One of the best spots is by the river, which you can hear rushing by as you enjoy your food and drink.

    Visit Plaza Manco Capac

    This is another nice spot to enjoy a sit-down on a park bench or a coffee in one of the surrounding cafes.

    Go to the Hot Springs

    You’ll see why the town is called Aguas Calientes (Hot Waters) if you visit the hot springs. It’s a great place to rest after a trek or climbing up to Machu Picchu. There’s also a bar there where you can relax as the sun goes down after enjoying a good soak.

    Hike to Los Jardines de Mandor

    This is a 3 hour round hike away from the small town and is visited by very few people. There are some beautiful waterfalls and a swimming hole here, and you may even get to see the Cock of the Rock, the national bird of Peru.

    Take a Quick Visit to Mariposario de Machupicchu

    This is a tiny butterfly refuge where you can see some beautiful species and enjoy a bit of quiet time away from the busy tourist spots.

    Head to Museo de Sitio Manuel Chavez Ballon

    This museum is small but is very informative. It’s definitely worth a visit to this Machu Picchu museum to learn more about the site, and there are no museums once you enter Machu Picchu itself.

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