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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

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

Machu Picchu Ruins and Mountain Entrance Ticket Reviewed by Magnus, 04/27/2017

Loved this tour package, very well organized.

The Maccu Picchu tour was amazing and breath taking. The train ride was scenic and the bus ride up the mountain was a piece of cake. Loved this tour and would recommend it to everyone.

Great experience in Macchu Picchu & Sacred Valley

Overall a great trip, the guides were very knowledgeable and made it very interesting. We changed our train back to earlier as the scenery from Macchu Picchu to Ollyantaytambo is amazing and should not be missed. Only negative pint was that trip on day 1. Finished at 4pm and we had a 3 hour wait for the train. Other people were on earlier trains which would have been better.

Hard work but beautiful scenery all the way through

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.

It was wanderful. Special thanks to our guide Alicia

Our lucky weather was wanderful so was our guide Alicia. It was unforgetful visit. Thanks

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