Enjoy a day trip to the sacred city of Machu Picchu and feel the flowing energy of this ancient site that is said to be the new spiritual center of…
Book your ticket for Machu Picchu in advance and get ready for the experience of a lifetime. This admission ticket is valid from 13:00 to 17:00,…
Explore the historic sanctuary of Machu Picchu with a full-day excursion of the once forgotten Incan sanctuary. Investigate its individual sectors…
Enjoy a 4-day combined adventure tour of the remote villages of the Andes, and trek the legendary Inca Trail to Machu Picchu. Cross the Sacred Valley…
Explore the Inca ruins of Machu Picchu, and hike up Machu Picchu Mountain to enjoy incredible views from the summit with an entrance ticket to a…
This full-day train tour to Machu Picchu takes you to one of the most incredible train journeys in the world following the route of the Urubamba…
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.
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.
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!
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.
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.
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!
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!
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.
- When to visitOpen 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 thereMachu 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
This was tough work, but really worthwhile. The mountain scenery was spectacular, and the highlights were the lake at the end of day one, and reaching the high point of the pass at 4600m on day two. A word of warning: you do need a reasonable level of fitness, and ideally to have spent a few days at altitude to acclimatise. I´m pretty fit and I´d been in Cusco for three days, but it was still really hard work at times. The last 11km on Day 4 was less interesting, as we walked along train tracks for most of it, so the scenery was worse, and the walking was more difficult. And Machu Picchu was one of the highlights of the trip. One disappointment was that we almost left without two of our group on the last day as the guides hadn´t checked who was in which group. Another annoyance was that there were a lot of small costs along the way - for a shower, toilet paper, the cooks, etc. It would have been a lot easier to combine everything.
Our lucky weather was wanderful so was our guide Alicia. It was unforgetful visit. Thanks
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.
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!
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!