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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!

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

I would 100% the full day tour with vistadome train.

This was by far the best tour we made before heading out to Peru. The trip included getting picked up from Airbnb and dropped off at the Vistadome train station. Then from the train station to the bus up to Machu Picchu. There was always a guide from Apu Andino wating for us. We were never left to wander what the next step was. Our guide at Machu Picchu was very knowledgeable on the history of Machu Picchu and was able to answer all our questions. After Machu Picchu it included a lunch buffet which we also enjoyed. Overall we were left with a beyond great experience.

Machu Picchu is awonderful and inspiring place.

We thoroughly enjoyed our visit to Machu Picchu. Edith our guide was excellent, do informative and answered all our questions. Thank you Edith for being so caring and kind.

From Cusco: Machu Picchu Full-Day Tour Reviewed by John, 06/06/2018

Very good tour, guide spoke excellent English.

A representative of the tour group, Joseph, met us at the train station, as we were starting our tour not long after the train arrived. I'm not sure what magic happened behind the scenes, but a staff member from our hotel (Inkaterra Machu Picchu) and the the tour group representative coordinated themselves and met us together. Joseph led us through the small town and waited until the bus arrived. We had purchased our bus tickets to go up the mountain in Cusco. It ended up being a nice small group (our family of 4 adults and a solo traveller,) but this is likely because we were travelling at the end of April which isn't the high season. Our tour guide Katti met us at the entrance. She was friendly and knowledgeable. We learned much about the history and buildings, and her English was excellent. She took us through the site at just the right pace, not too fast or slow, and there was just the right amount of information. We really enjoyed the tour.

Machu Picchu: 2-Hour Small Group Guided Tour Reviewed by a GetYourGuide customer, 05/27/2018

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!

Astonishing great experience, wonderful day

Incredible site, good organisation of the tour! Unfortunately there are approx.3000 other visitors at Maccu Picchu a day;-)

Machu Picchu: Lost Citadel of Incas by Expedition Train Reviewed by einem GetYourGuide-Kunden, 08/04/2017

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