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Machu Picchu Guide

Everything You Need to Know When Visiting Machu Picchu 

The Machu Picchu ruins are one of the most iconic sites in all of South America. Nestled in the heart of the Peruvian Andes, this ancient citadel is believed to have served as a royal retreat. Today, with its mesmerizing scenery and stonework, Machu Picchu attracts travelers from around the globe. 

To make the most out of your trip, make sure to plan your Machu Picchu travel itinerary carefully and well in advance. The historic site is magnificent year-round, but the sunniest and driest season (May-September) is also the busiest.

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Discover Machu Picchu

Peru's New Wonder of the World is worth a visit!

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“Our Machu Picchu tour was absolutely perfect. No delays in the pickup, a proper organisation & communication prior to the tour, a competent & happy guide and of course a stunning site: Machu Picchu itself”

Getting to Machu Picchu 

The most picturesque way of traveling to Machu Picchu is by trekking. You can reach the royal citadel by hiking the Inca Trail or the Salkantay Trek

If you’ve got time, we recommend taking the classic 4-day Inca Trail to Machu Picchu or the 5-day Salkantay Trek, during which you’ll get to visit local villages, discover natural monuments, and sleep in comfortable beds surrounded by Peru’s awe-inspiring nature. Bear in mind that the Inca Trail is the most popular trek in South America and you need to book the tour at least 6 months in advance. This is why you need to find the best time to do the Inca Trail.

If you’re short on time – but still want to witness ancient Incan ruins and impressive scenery – consider the 2-day Inca Trail trek. During this tour, you will hike along the Urubamba River, rest in a comfortable hotel in Aguas Calientes, and hike to Sun Gate at Machu Picchu. Additionally, you can opt for the Machu Picchu day tour where you will get to see the Incan ruins in a single day, traveling by car, bus or Machu Picchu train.

If you’re not hiking, the easiest way to get to Machu Picchu is by taking a relaxed train ride to Aguas Calientes (also called Machu Picchu Pueblo). You can also take a break and enjoy some of the best restaurants in Aguas Calientes. From there, it’s a short 20-minute bus ride to the site’s main entry point.

 

Machu Picchu Packing List 

When packing for your trip to Machu Picchu, it’s essential to consider Machu Picchu weather and include weather-appropriate clothing and comfortable shoes. If you opt for trekking during the rainier months (October to April), don’t forget to pack high-quality rain gear as well. 

Note that you can – and should – take a water bottle with you. Bringing food and eating inside the site, however, is forbidden.

 

Tips for Your Machu Picchu Hike

The first thing you need to do is choose one of the Machu Picchu treks. Each one has different length and difficulty so you need to take into account your physical endurance and time when choosing the right trek.

The next thing you should plan is buying Machu Picchu tickets in time. If you want to learn more, check out the 10 things you need to know before visiting Machu Picchu!

 

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