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Top 5 things visitors often miss at Machu Picchu

Peru's Machu Picchu is the scenic site of many secrets. In fact, nobody really knows what the Incans even used it for! Here are a few tips to help you make the most of the mystery.

The hiking trails

You can walk up to Machu Picchu by foot if you're fit enough. The strenuous climb reveals numerous overgrown trails, many of which are now being opened for public tours.

The earthquake-resistant bricks

Peru is prone to earthquakes and the building blocks of Machu Picchu have been cut precisely enough to simply shake off the threat of tremors!

The underground engineering

An estimated 60% of Machu Picchu's construction is underground. Its deep foundations and efficient drainage systems never fail to impress historians and archaeologists alike.

The secret temple

Machu Picchu may have been a site of religious pilgrimage. Supporting this is the Temple of the Moon – a shrine beautifully carved into a cave on the far side of Huayna Picchu.

The excellent but poorly located museum

Want more insight but can't stand crowded museums? You're in luck! Few tourists follow the long dirt track to the Museo de Sitio Manuel Chávez Ballón, but they really should!

Machu Picchu: Our Tips

When to go?

The best time to visit is as early as possible if you want to see the site from Huayna Picchu – the highest peak of the two, and the one offering the most breathtaking views. Only 400 visitors are allowed up each day, so queues begin forming long before dawn! It's also worth noting that although rainy season is officially from October to April, the sky can burst at any moment!

How to get there?

The PeruRail train from Cusco takes 3½ hours from Cusco to Aguas Calientes, the town at the foot of Machu Picchu (recently renamed Machu Picchu Pueblo, both town names are used). Train tickets sell out quickly so make sure you book with weeks to spare! The hike from Aguas Calientes takes about 90 minutes, otherwise expect long waits for the busy buses, despite the fact that they depart every few minutes from 5:30AM onwards.

Good to Know

  • When to visit
    Open from 6:00AM to 5:00PM daily.
  • What is the price?
    Tickets cost 126 soles, which is about $45.
  • Will I need a guide?
    Absolutely! Might be worth it to check out our best-selling tours.
  • How to get there
    Machu Picchu can be reached from Aguas Calientes by foot or bus.
  • Additional tips
    • Get there early to make sure you can go up!
    • The hike is strenuous and rainstorms are frequent.

What People Are Saying About Machu Picchu

One of the most beautiful places on this planet!!

there are many options to go to Machu Picchu but if you want to pay a little more this was a great experience. My guide Diana was very friendly and knowledgeable. Also the group I was with was very nice as well. No worries just make sure you have your passport and they take care of the rest.

Amazing experience with a very knowledgable, fun and friendly guide

This was a great experience and one that I will never forget. I will say that this trip is not for the faint of heart - you will be roughing it. But it was totally worth it. The variety of activities they created for us was very enjoyable - so much fun biking, white water rafting, zip lining and hiking. What a great way to experience Peru!

Machu Picchu express day to awesomeness!

I had been planning this trip for a long time. I couldn't stay more than 5 days in Peru so I needed to get a fast-track tour. This is more than I expected! Everything went smooth! from the picking up to the airport, train to Aguas Calientes, dropping off in the hotel and back to the airport. The hotel where I stayed was perfect for budget with an awesome location; just some blocks away from Plaza de las Armas and next to Mercado San Pedro. The view-peru staff attended all my demands without any hesitation; I sure will come to do business with this people again in the near future, next time I will try the Inca Trail 4day 3 night. Thanks view-peru for having made my dream come true!
From Cusco: Machu Picchu 3-Day Tour Reviewed by Jassir, 08/13/2013

I recommend the tour! Our guide had excellent knowledge...

Our guide Esmeralda spoke excellent English, was very knowledgeable of the history of Machu Picchu and Inca history overall. Very patient because we had to slow down several times for my 77 year old dad.

A great mix of hiking and other activities!

Loved that we hiked, biked, rafted and zip lined. In addition our tour guide gave us cultural lesson. It was a fantastic trip! I would reccomend to others! We were set up with Conde Travel.

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