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…
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…
Guarantee your entrance to Machu Picchu and Huayna Picchu by purchasing your tickets in advance. See the Lost Citadel of the Incas from a different…
Purchase your Machu Picchu ticket in advance and skip the lines waiting to buy tickets at the entrance. Choose either a morning or afternoon entry.
Travel in comfort by Vistadome Train on this full-day tour to Machu Picchu from Cusco. Take in the breathtaking landscape of the Andes and enjoy 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 thereMachu 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
- Great pick up from the hostel (very punctual and tremendously safe driver) - Awesome organizational process from start to end - Not the cheapest way but definitely the most convenient way to experience Machu Picchu (all relevant aspects included like transfers from accommodation, train ticket, bus ticket, Machu Picchu ticket and tour guide, so you really do not have to worry about anything prior to that day) For me it was definitely worth the money especially if you do not have so many days in Cusco / Peru.
We thoroughly enjoyed our visit to Machu Picchu. We shared a guide with another couple and really suggest doing this. We were so happy that the clouds broke just in time for us to see the city. The process was pretty simple and everything went great!
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.
Thank you so much for such an amazing adventure. From start to finish, going over and above expectations to provide a service equal to none. The adventure itself exceeded all expectations. The first day of trekking with amazing views and historical sites was amazing. It was made even more ‘real’ with the wealth of historical knowledge and passion for his culture, that our guide Carlos shared in such an interesting and an engaging way. The second day visiting Machu Picchu was also amazing and once again the insights that Carlos shared, made the experience perfect. It was great to know that the company has an environmental focus and also gives back to local community through sustainable initiatives, with an education focus. I can not recommend this company highly enough and would without hesitation use them in the future.
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.