Being one of the Seven Wonders of the World makes Machu Picchu a must-see bucket list adventure for many travelers. Thousands of visitors come to Peru every day to do some Machu Picchu excursions. Certainly, Cusco Peru Travel workers do it whenever they can just for pleasure.
Machu Picchu is a synonym of historical richness, ancient culture, and impressive architecture. You will be dazzled by sacred zones, royal sites, Inca temples, terraces, water channels, and of course, unparalleled magic. It will be an unforgettable experience that will connect you with the ancestral and mystic Inca lifestyle.
Besides, Machu Picchu has been considered a cultural heritage of humanity in recognition of its political and religious importance during the age of its inhabitants, the Incas. Beyond doubt, Machu Picchu seduces anybody in several ways.
At the same time, some questions can arise, right? Something like: Do I need to book my Machu Picchu excursions in advance? When is the best time to go to Machu Picchu? Do I need a guide? We know that you can feel overwhelmed because you want to take care of the details, but you don’t need to worry.
Cusco Peru Travel will help you with everything. We will provide you with practical information for your Machu Picchu excursions. They will be an unforgettable and captivating travel experience.
Certainly, Peru has a lot to offer but the magnificent Inca Citadel of Machu Picchu is its best jewel. Indeed, it is one of the most impressive architectural jewels in the world.
Visiting Machu Picchu is an adventure by itself. Once you arrive and catch a glimpse of this stunning Inca sanctuary, you will feel that the magic of your trip will just begin.
But being a popular destination, it is pretty important to make your arrangements in advance. Especially if you also plan to climb Huayna Picchu.
Huayna Picchu is the huge mountain rising in the background of the classic photo of Machu Picchu. Its availability is limited, only 400 visitors are allowed climbing per day.
Machu Picchu regulations
According to the new regulations of the Peruvian Government, the number of visitors to the Inca Citadel is limited to 2500 per day. Besides, access to the Inca Citadel is organized in different groups. What does this mean? It means that according to the booking time of your Machu Picchu ticket, you will have access to the Sanctuary.
In other words, if you belong to the group from 7:00 – 8:00 a.m. you can only access to the site during that time. After 8:00 a.m. you will lose your ticket and you must buy a new one. So, take the proper precautions and don’t be late for your Machu Picchu excursions.
In the same way, Cusco Peru Travel recommends purchasing your entrance ticket in advance to avoid disappointment during your dreamed vacation in Machu Picchu, especially during the high season (From June to September). The entrance tickets can sell out quickly.
Furthermore, take into consideration that tickets are no longer on sale at the entrance to the Machu Picchu Sanctuary. You must purchase your tickets directly on the Machu Picchu’s official website, through an authorized ticket agent (commission included) or a travel agency.
Machu Picchu excursions: Which route fits you best?
There are several ways to get to Machu Picchu which bring you through a wide variety of flora and fauna, spectacular Andean scenery and breathtaking landscapes.
If you are looking for an off-the-beaten-path Machu Picchu excursions, you can take the Salkantay Trek or the Inca Jungle Trek. But the most popular and iconic route is the Inca Trail. This incredible and historical (built almost 600 years ago) hiking trail attracts lots of travelers every year.
It is a 4-days-and-3-nights trek through an undoubtedly picturesque and extremely varied Andean scenery that encompasses glaciers, lakes, and forests. You will get to Machu Picchu through the Sun Gate or Intipunku that was the original entrance gate to the Inca Citadel.
Additionally, you will enjoy not only lush landscapes but also amazing Inca and Pre-Inca ruins which can only be accessed along the Inca Trail. Definitely, your eyes will sparkle with delight.
The Inca Trail is considered one of the greatest adventure trek in the world: for this reason, there is a huge demand for tickets. Only 500 people are allowed per day, of which 200 are hikers, the rest includes guides and porters. We recommend obtaining your permit well in advance, at least six months before planning your Machu Picchu excursions.
Additionally, take into consideration that it’s not possible to do the Inca Trail independently. You have to do it with an approved tour provider, who buy the permits in advance. How much this Machu Picchu trip cost? Approximately, US$600 per person.
*Every year in February, the Inca Trail is closed for maintenance works.
The Machu Picchu excursions are often done by train. It is the fastest, easiest and most comfortable way of getting to Machu Picchu from Cusco (Poroy Station) or Ollantaytambo (Sacred Valley). Indeed, the train route to Machu Picchu is considered one of the most spectacular railway routes in the world.
The scenic 3.5-hour trip is a mesmerizing and epic journey from the magnificent Sacred Valley to Aguas Calientes, the town located beneath Machu Picchu.
Two companies bring visitors: Peru Rail and Inca Rail. Both of them count with excellent standards of comfort, convenience, and safety.
Once you arrive in Aguas Calientes, you can choose between taking a shuttle bus up or hiking up to Machu Picchu entrance. Keep in mind that the bus ride will take around 30 min. and the hike around one hour and a half.
The buses operate throughout the day and leave every 15 minutes from Aguas Calientes to Machu Picchu and vice versa.
*Aguas Calientes is only reached by train. There is no road access.
**From Cusco to Poroy, the bus ride takes around 30 min.; and to Ollantaytambo, around 2 hrs.
Learn a little more
This is one of the many Machu Picchu facts that will surprise you. First off, you must know the rocks that formed Machu Picchu were extremely heavy with some weighing over 50 tons. It is said that the stones were pushed up the mountain by the Incas, but there is another belief that they chiseled the stones from the side of the mountain itself.
The Inca Citadel was constructed with a technique called ashlar. It involves stones being perfectly shaped so that no mortar is needed. With this technique, the stones are fit so well that not even a needle would fit between them. Incredible, right? Incan building skills were simply amazing!
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