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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

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

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

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

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

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!

Our insider 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 should I visit?
    Open from 6:00AM to 5:00PM daily.
  • Is it expensive?
    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 information

    • 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 perfect for a last minute MP booking!

Purchasing was simple, tickets were emailed to me within 48 hours, the day ran smoothly! Hiking the mountain was definitely worth it. Recommend that folks buy bus tickets ahead of time!

We were thankful we did not have to stand line to get this ticket...

So glad that we hiked the Machu Picchu mountain which is 3,061.28 meters. We loved both, the scenery, and the trail...So Beautiful! Thank you, for allowing us to purchase and print the tickets beforehand. Every second counts.... <3

It is a powerful and beautiful exerience

Machu Picchu is a very beautiful and pretty easy going around. If you want the extra mountains it will be a challange

An enjoyable re-visit to the Incas' most important heritage

It was a very early start at 4 am. While the journey was comfortable, we expected some interaction with "Get Your Guide" staff or guide for a greater part of the journey, apart from the main Machu Pichu visit. Was wondering why we were not part of a bigger group. That said our guide was well informed and and made the most anticipated part of the day trip meaningful and enjoyable.

Day Trip to Machu Picchu by Train from Cusco Reviewed by Adil Mohammed, 16/04/2017

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