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Machu Picchu Tours

Join our Machu Picchu tours for an expert exploration of history, culture, and breathtaking scenery. Gain valuable insights and craft unforgettable memories along the way.

Experience the wonders of our Machu Picchu tours like you have never before! Our exclusive tours offer an unforgettable journey through ancient civilizations, breathtaking landscapes, and a rich cultural heritage. Let us guide you to the heart of this iconic destination, where every step tells a story waiting to be explored. With us, you can unveil the magic of Machu Picchu. Book your adventure today and create memories that will last a lifetime!
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Experience an in-depth tour of the archeological wonders and mystery of Machu Picchu and its surroundings and beautiful Sacred Valley. Explore the otherworldly terrain and fantastic species found in the Galapagos while sailing aboard one of our best-in-class Expedition Vessels.

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What to expect from a Machu Picchu trip?

When venturing on a journey to Machu Picchu, it’s essential to be prepared for the adventure and fully immerse yourself in the wonder of this ancient site. Here are some key things to expect from a Machu Picchu trip:

  • Diverse Trekking Options: Whether you opt for the classic Inca Trail or the Salkantay trek or prefer a more luxurious experience with the Mountain Lodges, varied trekking options suit different preferences and fitness levels.
  • Weather Conditions: Machu Picchu’s weather is typically damp and foggy, especially during specific periods. The peak season runs from late May to August, with July and August offering drier weather conditions for exploration.
  • Ticket Reservations: Purchasing your tickets in advance is advisable to secure entry to Machu Picchu and avoid any last-minute disappointments. Additionally, consider booking any additional experiences or hikes early to ensure availability.
  • Altitude Considerations: Machu Picchu is situated at a high altitude, so it’s essential to acclimatize properly and take necessary precautions to prevent altitude sickness. Stay hydrated, move moderately, and listen to your body’s signals.
  • Exploration Opportunities: While at Machu Picchu, explore iconic landmarks such as Huayna Picchu, Machu Picchu Mountain, Inti Punku, the Inka Bridge, and other significant sites within the citadel. Each spot offers unique perspectives and insights into the history of this mystical place.
  • Travel Essentials: Pack essentials such as a camera to capture memorable moments, comfortable walking shoes for exploring the terrain, sufficient water to stay hydrated, snacks for energy boosts, sunscreen for protection, and other personal items for a comfortable journey.
  • Transportation Options: Depending on your travel preferences, you can reach Machu Picchu via various means, including flights from Lima to Cusco, followed by a train journey to the site. Take into reserve transportation logistics and plan accordingly for a seamless trip.
Machu Picchu Tour: Visit To The Temple Of Sun
Machu Picchu Tour: Visit To The Temple Of Sun

Choose your circuit

Choosing the correct circuit can significantly enhance your Machu Picchu experience. Here are some tips to help you pick the ideal circuit for your tour:

  • Circuit 1 – Llaqta de Machupicchu: This circuit offers a comprehensive tour of the archaeological site, including the main square, Temple of the Sun, Royal Tomb, and more.

Highlights: Visitors can explore key areas like the Sacred Plaza Intihuatana and observe the intricate stonework and terraces.

  • Circuit 2 – Llaqta de Machupicchu: Circuit 2 is ideal for capturing the classic postcard-perfect view of Machu Picchu with the iconic Huayna Picchu mountain in the background.

Highlights: It offers panoramic views from strategic points like the Guardhouse Sun Gate and provides excellent photo opportunities.

  • Circuit 3 – Llaqta de Machupicchu: This circuit allows visitors to explore less crowded areas of Machu Picchu, including the Industrial Zone, Prison Group, and the Inca Bridge.

Highlights: Offers a peaceful and less touristy experience, providing insights into the functional aspects of the site.

  • Circuit 4Llaqta de Machupicchu: Circuit 4 takes visitors to areas like the Guardhouse, ancient quarries, and the famous Temple of the Condor.

Highlights: It provides access to unique features like the Water Mirrors and Funerary Rock and provides a closer look at the Condor Temple’s symbolic significance.

  • Circuit 5: This circuit provides a unique opportunity to explore the ancient ruins and includes a visit to the Inca Bridge, a suspended bridge made of rope and wood with historical significance.

Highlights: Immersive experience in the lower part of Machu Picchu, exploring the urban section and marveling at the ingenuity of Inca engineering through the Inca Bridge.

When visiting Machu Picchu, there are several circuits to explore, each offering a unique perspective and experience depending on your interests and preferences. Depending on what you are looking for – photography, history, exploration, or tranquility – you can choose the circuit that best aligns with your expectations and desired experience at this iconic archaeological site.

Inca Trail Machu Picchu
Inca Trail Machu Picchu
Plaza De Armas At Cusco Peru
Plaza De Armas At Cusco Peru

Stroll the Streets in Cusco

As you stroll through the charming streets of Cusco, Peru, get ready to be captivated by the city’s rich history and vibrant culture. Every cobblestone lane, from the historical center to neighborhoods like San Blas, has a unique story to explore. Whether admiring colonial architecture, exploring Inca ruins, or immersing yourself in the local art scene, Cusco’s streets promise an unforgettable experience filled with hidden gems and cultural treasures. Take a leisurely walk through these picturesque streets and confidently discover the essence of this enchanting Peruvian city.

Sacred Valley Exploration

Venture on a captivating journey of exploration through the Sacred Valley of the Incas, nestled between Cusco and Machu Picchu. This charming region offers a perfect blend of ancient ruins, picturesque landscapes, and cultural richness waiting to be discovered. From the majestic ruins of Pisac and Ollantaytambo to the mystical Moray terraces and captivating Maras Salt Mines, each site in the Sacred Valley holds a piece of history and beauty. Immerse yourself in the warmth of the Andes Mountains, savor the slightly warmer climate, and indulge in adventures like trekking and climbing amidst the valley’s stunning scenery. Solve the secrets of the Incas as you traverse this sacred land, where every step unveils a new tale of wonder and awe.

The Circular Inca Terraces In The Sacred Valley, Cusco
The Circular Inca Terraces In The Sacred Valley, Cusco
Huayna Picchu And Machu Picchu Mountain
Huayna Picchu And Machu Picchu Mountain

Huayna Picchu and Machu Picchu Mountain

Visitors to Peru can hike Huayna Picchu or Machu Picchu Mountain. Both hikes provide unique experiences and stunning views of the Andean mountains in Cusco. Huayna Picchu (also known as Wayna Picchu) is the mountain in the iconic Machu Picchu photos. It has steep and narrow paths and reaches 2,693 meters above sea level. Machu Picchu Mountain is challenging and offers panoramic views of the archaeological site.

Whether you hike Huayna Picchu or Machu Picchu Mountain, both will give you an adventure filled with natural beauty, historical intrigue, and unforgettable moments.

Explore Aguas Calientes

Exploring Aguas Calientes in Peru offers travelers a unique experience. This charming town, also known as Machu Picchu town, serves as a gateway to the famous Inca citadel. Visitors can immerse themselves in thermal baths, browse artisan souvenirs, hike, trek, visit museums, and explore hidden treasures. Aguas Calientes is not just a stopover before Machu Picchu; it’s a destination rich in culture, history, and natural beauty, promising an unforgettable adventure for those who venture there.

Urubamba River And Aguas Calientes
Urubamba River And Aguas Calientes

Get a better Machu Picchu trip combined with Galapagos

Combining a Machu Picchu trip with a visit to the Galapagos Islands offers a unique and enriching travel experience. Witness the awe-inspiring ancient ruins of Machu Picchu in Peru, followed by the opportunity to explore the Galapagos’ diverse wildlife and pristine landscapes. Whether you’re drawn to history, nature, or adventure, this combined journey promises the best of both worlds, creating memories to last a lifetime.

Why travel to Machu Picchu with us?

  • More than seven decades of operations in Ecuador, Galapagos Islands, Peru and Colombia.
  • We always offer the best Machu Picchu Tour deals.
  • Pioneers of Galapagos Islands Tours and cruises in the industry.
  • Environmental and Community Responsibility are essential components of our operations.
  • Teams of experts who know the area like the back of their hand.
  • Owners of 3 vessels and 1 hotel in the Galapagos Islands.
  • Owners of Mashpi Lodge, a natural reserve in the Rainforest/Cloudforest.
  • Owners of the most luxurious hotel in Quito: Casa Gangotena.
  • Regional offices in Colombia, Peru, and Ecuador allow visitors to combine all three experiences into a seamless South American adventure.

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Frequently Asked Questions: Tour to Machu Picchu

Consider these Machu Picchu Tours FAQs

What is the time to enter the ruins of Machu Picchu?

The flexibility of entry times between 7 am and 11 am daily allows visitors to explore the archeological site at their own pace.
Please let us know if you need more information or assistance regarding Machu Picchu.

When planning your visit to Machu Picchu, spending at least half a day exploring the site to fully appreciate its beauty and history is recommended. Many visitors stay for a full day to immerse themselves in the atmosphere and explore the various ruins and viewpoints. You may adjust your stay duration accordingly if you have specific interests or activities planned. Also, you can spend more time on the journey in Aguas Calientes, Sacred Valley, and Cusco. Feel free to share more about your preferences or any specific requirements for further guidance on your Machu Picchu itinerary!

The best time to visit Machu Picchu is during the dry season, from April to October. Late March to May and September to mid-December are ideal for exploring Machu Picchu and hiking, such as the Inca Trail. This period offers pleasant weather conditions and fewer crowds, providing a more immersive experience at this historically significant site. Remember that Machu Picchu is a year-round destination, so visitors can enjoy activities and experiences throughout the year, making having magical experiences at any time possible.

To reach Machu Picchu, there are several transportation options available depending on your preferences and timing:

  • By Train: Taking a train is one of the most common and convenient ways to get to Machu Picchu. The quickest route is from Cusco to Aguas Calientes, the gateway to Machu Picchu. The train journey typically takes around three hours and offers scenic views. Depending on the time of year, you can catch a train from Cusco or Ollantaytambo.
  • By Foot: If you’re up for a more adventurous and physically challenging experience, you can hike to Machu Picchu. The famous Inca Trail is a popular trekking route leading to Machu Picchu, offering stunning landscapes and archaeological sites. It’s essential to be in decent physical shape for this trek, so some preparation with long-distance day walks is recommended.

Remember to plan your transportation and consider weather conditions and your fitness level when choosing the best way to reach Machu Picchu.
Feel free to ask if you need more detailed guidance or information on travel arrangements!

Visiting Machu Picchu in a day is indeed possible but demands meticulous planning. Consider launching on a day trip from Cusco or Aguas Calientes, prioritizing exploration of the main structures. While contemplating hiking Huayna Picchu or Machu Picchu Mountain is tempting, it’s advisable to allocate additional time to savor the site’s unparalleled beauty and rich historical significance.
Altitude sickness is possible at Machu Picchu due to its high elevation. Symptoms include headaches, dizziness, nausea, and fatigue. To prevent and alleviate these symptoms, acclimatize by spending a few days at high altitude, staying hydrated, avoiding alcohol and smoking, taking it easy, and consulting a healthcare professional for medication. If you have health concerns, seek advice from a healthcare provider before your trip.
Explore Machu Picchu with ease by booking our destination experts. Secure entrance tickets in advance, dress comfortably and follow site regulations. Immerse yourself in the history of this ancient marvel before your visit. Our guided tours offer expert insights, personalized journeys, safety, and responsibility. Need help? Reach out to us.

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