Discover the "Lost City of the Incas" at your own pace with a standard entry ticket to Machu Picchu. Stroll among the ruins of the sacred city at…
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Make your trip to Machu Picchu easy and smooth with this round-trip bus ticket. Your bus will be waiting for you at Aguas Calientes town and transfer…
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…
Explore the Inca ruins of Machu Picchu at your own pace and hike up to Machu Picchu Mountain.
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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.
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 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
It took us about 90-100 minutes from Auges Calientes to the entrance gates of Machu Picchu. We were there around 8:30-8:45. It did not takes us long to get in. After that we went straight up to Machu Picchu Mountain. This hike took us about two hours up and one hour down. You should be there early, because the Mountain closes quite early. So in order to spend some time on the mountain, enjoying the landscape, the views and taking some nice shots, you should be up there around 11 am. At the latest. The clouds move rapidly. Do not become desperate if Machu Picchu is covered in clouds for the first 30 minutes. Just be patient and wait. Enjoy the wind, the height and the view. It is absolutely worth it.
We went on that 2 day trip with my 11 yo son. It was a great experience for us. The trail connects ancient Inca's cities at the top of the mountains, and is only possible to hike with the local guide. Hiking just a small part (12 km out of total 82 km) on the trail already gives a feeling of the educational-spiritual journey that the Inca nobility did here. Our wonderful, knowledgeable guide Charlie told us a lot about plants, animals, history and spirit of the people who built the trail and its cities. The view from Sun Gate on the trail onto Machy Pichhu is stunning. Thank you Charlie!
We would recommend this tour to especially older folks because nothing was left to chance. We had all our entry tickets given to us at the beginning of our tour and all drivers and guides very kind and super knowledgeable on the way. Excellent service and we enjoyed our group of two and the convenience. Many thanks!
This hike was wonderful. It was a rather tough climb up 2500 hundred stairs -- not fit for someone having trouble with the altitude or not capable of a strenuous hike! But it was an amazing view once we got to the top and worth every step.
We had a tight schedule to visit the Machu Picchu. However, our guide Erick made sure we can appreciate the visit fully. Also, he made sure that we can catch a train to go back. We greatly appreciated his help.