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What the overseas agencies DON’T tell you! We have the most detailed guide with tours, trekking, and train options explained in full! Machu Picchu was voted one of the new 7 Wonders of the World in 2007 and was declared a UNESCO World Heritage site in 1983. It is a must-visit for all travelers in South America! These majestic ruins were built by the Inca Empire and are located in the scenic Andean mountain range, surrounded by beautiful cloud forests and mountain scenery. Machu Picchu is ONLY accessible from Cusco City, which you can reach by bus or air travel. Traveling by Bus to Cusco: Peru Hop, Cruz del Sur, Oltursa, Tepsa are the best options. They have buses in all directions to and from Cusco allowing you to see more of Peru along the way. Traveling by Air to Cusco: Latam Airlines, Viva Air, Avianca are the best options. Make the most of any stopover in Lima with a day trip from Lima to discover some hidden gems of Peru. Up and down the coast from Lima there are beautiful beaches and archeological sites to visit.
Machu Picchu is the site of an ancient Inca city, high in the Andes of Peru. Located at 2430m, the site is often referred to as “The Lost City of the Incas”. It’s one of the most famous and spectacular sets of ruins in the world. A UNESCO World Heritage Site since 1983, Machu Picchu receives over one million visitors per year and is one of the New 7 Wonders of the World.
Cusco is the main access point for Machu Picchu. From Cusco, you need to reach Aguas Calientes and can be reached ONLY via train, trek, or else a combination of bus and walking. Once you get to Aguas Calientes, Machu Picchu lies at the top of the mountain above the small town OF Aguas Calientes.
There are 3 options for you to choose from
If you book a tour to Machu Picchu (via a trek or train), most companies will include a local guide to assisting you with getting from Cusco to Aguas Calientes and then up to Machu Picchu.
To access Machu Picchu, you MUST have an entrance ticket purchased in advance…they are NOT sold at the entrance to Machu Picchu.
Most of the tickets are usually included as part of any tour or trek to Machu Picchu. Tickets are very limited, so it is recommended to book a tour or trek at least some weeks in advance.
It is not recommended to buy your own ticket and make your own way to Machu Picchu. As it will end up probably costing more money and being a lot of hassle. You cannot enter Machu Picchu without hiring a local guide, and figuring out the transport can be a pain. For this reason, we recommend booking a tour or trek with a reliable tour operator.
Be careful how you choose the company for a tour or trek. There have been hundreds of tourists scammed in the past. Usually if a price seems too cheap to be true, it usually is.
We recommend the following formal companies who have years of experience and good feedback from over 250,000 customers:
Visit our guide to Tour Operator for more information about how to choose the right operator for Machu Picchu.
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Check out tour operators, compare prices and book the trek here!
Check out tour operators, compare prices and book the trek here!
Once inside the citadel, you have the option to climb either Huayna Picchu (the famous peak seen in pictures of the citadel) or Machu Picchu Mountain. The hike to the Sun Gate & Inca bridge are always available but these hikes mast be done before the guiding tour of the Citadel, all this because its only ONE-way tour and there will not be any opportunity to get back to the Sun Gate and Inca Bridge (No tickets need it)
Machu Picchu is located 112 km from the City of Cusco, Peru in South America. The nearest town is Aguas Calientes which you can get to by train or by walking.
It’s the most impressive archaeological Inca ruin in South America, named a World Cultural and Natural Heritage by UNESCO in 1983, and is one of the most visited tourist attractions in the World. Machu Picchu is a city of stone, built in the middle of the Cordillera de Vilcabamba, without the use or help of wheels or iron tools. Most of the citadel’s structures remain intact today, which is why many consider it the perfect example of the Incas’ brilliant engineering.
You can get to Machu Picchu by bus, train or walking. Traveling from Lima to Cusco by bus is the best way to discover Peru and avoid altitude sickness.
Once in Cusco, you would have to make your way by train or bus to Aguas Calientes Town, where you finally can take a public bus to the Citadel.
You can also make your way on the Classic Inca Trail trek, the Inca Jungle Trek or other famous treks.
Machu Picchu is 2,430 meters (7,970 ft) above sea level. Cusco, on the other hand, has an elevation of 3,400 meters.
You should buy your Machu Picchu Tickets at least 6 months before your trip. Tickets are sold on the official government website (www.machupicchu.gob.pe), can be paid with credit or debit cards and are NOT sold at the entrance gate.
Consider visiting Machu Picchu from April through May and from September through October. The high-tourist season months are June, July and August when it doesn’t rain.
Machu Picchu wasn’t exactly ‘discovered’ because local people have always known about its existence. In 1911, the American explorer Hiram Bingham made public his findings and -wrongly- called it ‘The Lost City of the Incas’.
Nine years before Bingham had arrived, the Peruvian Agustin Lizárraga had found the ruins and left his signature on one of the walls of the Three Windows Temple in the Citadel.
*** The Machu Picchu Information has been updated on 2020!
A scenic 10 m drive from Ollantaytambo, follow the river and the train tracks to the Veronica View Hotel. Along the way, watch across the river for the original terraces from Incan times! Arriving at the hotel, you will be greeted amid gardens of native flowers and orchids. Take in the stunning sight of the Veronica Mountain, covered with glaciers year-round. After you settle into your room, walk through the gardens to the pool and restaurant area. There is a steam sauna, dry sauna, spa, heated swimming pool and restaurant at your feet.
Three comfortable single beds, ideal for groups of friends or family, enjoy the same spectacular view of the Veronica Mountain as the other rooms in the main building. Each room has a private bathroom with beautiful marbled counter tops.
Enjoy the luxury of a King size bed, along with all of the other indulgent services offered by the Veronica View Hotel. Each room is carefully situated to give you the best view of the Veronica Mountain. King rooms are in the main building on either the first or second floor. All King Rooms include jacuzzi
Double rooms are located in the main building, a beautiful room with an expansive view of the snow covered Veronica Mountain and the Urubamba Valley. Double rooms have one double bed, one twin bed and a private bathroom. These rooms are located on the first and second floor