Andes Overland

Machu Picchu, the extraordinary architecture landscape

The Machu Picchu one of the most beautiful world wonder of all seven and a must see when visiting Peru. The ruins have been discovered in 1911 by Hiram Bingham and form one of the most extraordinary architecture landscapes in the world. The Machu Picchu has two main areas: one agricultural which is formed by mountains and food stores and on the other side the urban side which is seen as a sacred zone with temples, squares, and royal tombs.

How to reach

The most adventurous option is walking one of the amazing trails. Another option is to go by train. There are two routes which will lead to the small towns near the Machu Picchu. From there you could reach the Machu Picchu by walking the crazy amount of stairs or going by bus. It’s up to you!

Trails offered to reach the Machu Picchu

  • The Inca Trail is probably one of the most famous hikes in South America. This is the only tour which will lead you directly to the Machu Picchu. The upcoming days you will be trekking along the valley created by the Kusichaca River. You will ascend the highest pass, Warmiwañusca and pass through impressive Inca complexes.  The last day you will go to the Intipunku (sun gate) and from there a complete guided tour of the Inca citadel (Machu Picchu). This is an incredible four-day trekking which could also be booked for two days. It’s cold, exhausting but most of all amazing.

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Trails offered to reach Agua Calientes

Other options in order to visit the Machu Picchu is by taking a trail to Agua Calientes which is located near to the Machu Picchu:

  • The Lares Valley Trek offers a combination of stunning scenery, traditional cultures and Machu Picchu on the 4th Day. The trek will take you through stunning Mountain scenery, over high passes and you will spend two nights near traditional Peruvian Villages. On day 4 you will see the treasures of Machu Picchu with your experienced guide.
  • The Salkantay Trek perfectly combines cultural and natural beauty; you will enjoy the challenge of the ecosystem and the magnificent view of the snow-capped Salkantay (6264m), considered as the most representative mountain of the mountain range of Vilcabamba. The trek takes us back to the time of the Incas and makes us aware of the spirits of mountains such as the Tucarhuay or the Humantay which peak higher than 5000 meters.
  • Inka Jungle Trail, this trip is an exciting 4-day combination of biking and hiking.  With the help of our bikes, you will ride in the beginning for 4 hours downhill, crossing the sacred snowfields to get to the cloud forest and route to Machu Picchu. In the next couple of days, you will hike the distance remaining and you will see more fantastic views of the mountains, valleys and also we will pass by small villages, coca leaf plantations, other different plants & fruits and of course the famous coffee tree of these hot valleys. You will be able to see also the old Inka Trail and the sacred river of the Incas called Urubamba. Finally, you will arrive at the small town of Aguas Calientes and then Machu Picchu.

How to get your ticket

Your ticket for the Machu Picchu you could purchase by contacting us and is included in the Andes Overland journey, tickets are not available online. There are daily 2500 tickets available. Especially in peak season, it is smart to purchase your ticket in advance. Also for the trails, there are a limited amount of participants allowed.

When is the best time to visit

The best time to visit the Machu Picchu is in the dry season which is between May and September. On the other hand, this is also the most crowded season. Especially between June and August, there are lots of visitors.

What you should keep in mind

Keep in mind that you first have to acclimatize after arriving in Cuzco. Please, give yourself a few days to get used to the altitude in order to make sure you will not get altitude sickness.

 

Join our trip and keep these tips in mind to enjoy an even better experience.

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