Ask your Inca Expert travel advisor how you can make your journey to Machu Picchu even more adventurous by reserving a spot on the iconic 4-day or 2-day Inca Trail to Machu Picchu, or one of the on-site hikes at the citadel. Aerial views of the UNESCO World Heritage site from the peak of Huayna Picchu Mountain and Machu Picchu Mountain will be the highlight of your trip on these epic half-day hikes.
Our Inca Expert travel advisors will help you plan a trip that is perfectly tailored to your interests and preferences.
The Amazon Rainforest is the largest jungle in the world. You’ll see species of plants, birds, fish, mammals, and insects as you relax in a comfortable all-inclusive lodge near the Tambopata Research Center in Puerto Maldonado. Luxury Amazon River cruises from Iquitos are an alternative option for jungle exploration done in style.
Hike the famous Inca Trail to the Sun Gate at Machu Picchu. This 26-mile hike through idyllic Peruvian landscapes only permits 500 people per day, so talk with your Inca Expert travel advisor today to book in advance.
Visit Cusco, the capital of the Inca Empire and gateway to Machu Picchu. Tour through historical sights and Inca temples or delight in gourmet food at some of the top restaurants in Cusco.
Lake Titicaca is a cultural and natural wonder in Peru. For impressive sunsets, a visit to the Uros and Taquile floating islands, and relaxing luxury hotels, head to Lake Titicaca.
The Sacred Valley has unending sites to behold and things to do. Visit the Maras Salt Mines, Ollantaytambo ruins, Pisac market, begin the Inca Trail, or simply relax at your scenic Sacred Valley hotel with unmissable views.
It’d be a mistake to miss out on Lima’s top restaurants and UNESCO World Heritage sites. The capital city is home to the most exclusive restaurant in Peru: Central. You can also tour through museums, art galleries, and more in the vibrant city of Lima.
The mysterious Nazca Lines are giant geoglyphs drawn into the desert floor. Soar above them to see the hummingbird, the astronaut, the spider, and many more!
Arequipa is a refreshing mix of colonial architecture, Peruvian history, and natural beauty. Visit the historical center, Santa Catalina Monastery, or various lookout points in the city for views of El Misti Volcano. Then, spot Andean condors soaring through Colca Canyon as you continue your tour through scenic Peru.
"It exceeded my expectations and I loved the people I met there. The hikes were so well organized, food was amazing, and the guides were super caring even getting the cooks to make a cake for me on my birthday on the Lares trek."
Traveled to: Lima, Cusco, Lares, Machu Picchu, Rainbow Mountain
"Based on the trip you organized, the historical knowledge, the people, the food, the culture and the natural beauty of Peru, it was simply the best trip I’ve ever taken. This trip will forever be in my memory."
Traveled to: Lima, Puerto Maldonado, Cusco, Sacred Valley, Lares Trek, Machu Picchu
"We wouldn’t stop talking about how well executed and planned everything was. I personally loved the Inca trail addition and I am so glad you gave that to us as an option. The hike to Huayna Picchu was also a group favorite."
Natasha Mehta & friends
NY & PA, USA
Traveled to: Cusco, Lares + 2-day Inca Trail Trek, Machu Picchu
"All in all we had an absolutely amazing time and the trip completely blew my expectations out of the water. The hotels were all fabulous with beautiful views. Thank you sincerely for the trip of a lifetime!"
Traveled to: Lima, Paracas, Cusco, Machu Picchu, Sacred Valley
"Our trip to Peru was nothing short of magnificent. As for our favorite part, we loved it all. Machu Picchu was everything we thought it would be and more. We had a wonderfully successful trip to Peru!"
Traveled to: Amazon, Sacred Valley, Machu Picchu, Cusco
No. Most travelers arrive at the Machu Picchu citadel by way of the train from Cusco or the Sacred Valley. The train takes you to Aguas Calientes, a town at the base of Machu Picchu. Here, a short bus ride brings you to the main entrance. Your tour will be a walking tour of the site.
The Machu Picchu ruins are open from 6:00 a.m.-5:30 p.m. Monday-Sunday including holidays.
Machu Picchu hotel options are abundant in Aguas Calientes, the gateway town to Machu Picchu. Our Top Machu Picchu hotels are:
1-2 days at Machu Picchu is the ideal amount of time to see the archaeological site. Leisurely travelers can opt for two days and one night by arriving into Aguas Calientes by train, staying overnight in a Machu Picchu hotel, and touring the ruins the next day before returning to Cusco. Those short on time can do a 1-day Machu Picchu tour starting and ending in Cusco, but allot 16-17 hours this day for your whirlwind adventure.
Your privately guided Machu Picchu tour will be 2 hours long. The Machu Picchu archaeological site operates on a one-way circuit that leads visitors to the exit of the ruins at the completion of the tour. Re-entry is not permitted with a Machu Picchu general entrance ticket.
Your private tour of Machu Picchu will introduce you to the Guardhouse, agricultural zone, fountains, main gate, temple zone, tower, Temple of the Three Windows, astronomical observatory, Sacred Rock, Group of Three Doorways, royal enclosures, Temple of the Condor and storage area. Views of the west agricultural zone and main square will be viewed while walking through the site.
The best time to visit Machu Picchu is in the months between April and September. The dry season in the Andes lasts from May to August, offering sunnier skies, drier weather, and the best views of the Machu Picchu ruins. Shoulder seasons in April/May ad September/October offer views of Machu Picchu with fewer crowds and good chances of pleasant weather.
Yes. As of 2019, it is compulsory to enter the Machu Picchu citadel with a guide.
The duration of a Machu Picchu tour is approximately 2 hours. The ruins operate on a one-way circuit that leads from the entrance to the exit of the ruins. Contact your Inca Expert travel advisor to customize your trip with more time at the ruins by including an additional entrance ticket or hiking permit.
Easy-Moderate. With well-marked paths for visitors to follow and railings where there are steep steps, touring the Machu Picchu citadel is doable for most able-bodied travelers. All visitors must walk up and down stone steps and along uneven paths, so those with disabilities and/or joint pain should let their Inca Expert travel advisor know ahead of time of any bodily limitations. Elderly and disabled visitors can use hiking poles with protective rubber tips.