Discover the best ways to explore Machu Picchu and its secrets!
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Machu Picchu is a destination that’s worth all the hype. As one of the world’s most spectacular archaeological treasures, this ancient citadel is a must-see for any South American traveler.
Take a scenic train ride to the mesmerizing Machu Picchu or enjoy the incredible views of the Andes and reach the site via the Inca Trail. Whichever route you choose, our local tour guides will show you the best highlights and all the hidden spots and fascinating views of Machu Picchu.
If visiting the citadel is on your bucket list, check out our exciting Machu Picchu guided tours. Whether you do a one-day trip or hike through the Andes, traveling to Machu Picchu is an unforgettable adventure to tick off any bucket list.
Visiting Machu Picchu
Hidden high in the Peruvian Andes, the Machu Picchu ruins are all that remain of a 15th-century Incan citadel. In its heyday, the ancient fortress was a royal complex of temples, plazas, palaces, and homes. Unlike many other Incan historic sites, the site was inhabited for just 80 years before being abandoned.
Thanks to the steep mountains surrounding the site, Machu Picchu wasn’t discovered by Spanish conquistadors. Evidence suggests that – even though the site remained uninvaded – it was likely abandoned due to the conquests taking place in other parts of the Incan empire.
Today, Machu Picchu is a mysterious icon of Incan civilization, as well as an architectural and engineering masterpiece. The site is a designated Peruvian Historical Sanctuary, a UNESCO World Heritage site, and one of the New Seven Wonders of the World.
Machu Picchu Guided Tours
If you’ve got the time, the most picturesque way of reaching Machu Picchu is by trekking along the Inca Trail or the Salkantay Trek. Both hikes are outstanding and feature mesmerizing sights, but for slightly less traffic and a more challenging route, check out the Salkantay Trek tour.
If you don’t want to embark on a multi-day hike, you can visit Machu Picchu on a day tour. To make the most of your travels, consider a 2-day Sacred Valley and Machu Picchu tour. Once you’ve explored the Sacred Valley, you can take a scenic train to Aguas Calientes (Machu Picchu town), where you can enjoy a relaxed evening before embarking on your adventure to the famous citadel in the morning. This way, you get to learn about the history of the monument in chronological order and save time traveling.
Planning a Trip to Machu Picchu
No matter when you choose to visit, exploring Machu Picchu is an experience like none other. The best time to travel to Machu Picchu depends on what you wish to see and the route you wish to take.
The peak time for visiting the site is winter (May through September), which is the height of the dry season and when you’ll experience the best trekking conditions.
You can reach Machu Picchu by taking the train, riding a bus, or trekking. On your way up, if you’d like to explore the beauty of Machu Picchu Mountain, be sure to have a look at our Machu Picchu hiking tours.
Whether you opt for a picturesque train journey or the lively Salkantay Trek, strolling through the ancient ruins of Machu Picchu is sure to be the adventure of a lifetime.
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