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Destination Machu Picchu

Take a luxury trip to Machu Picchu, the famous jewel of the Incas, located in the middle of the Peruvian Andes, 80 kilometers (50 miles) northwest of Cusco; discovered in 1911 during a scientific expedition made by Hiram Bingham. It is also considered as the best-known archaeological site in the continent. This is the one thing you cannot possibly miss during your trip to Peru! So why not take a luxury Machu Picchu tour. On a luxury trip to Machu Picchu by train or by a Machu Picchu luxury hiking tour on the Inca trail; you will be surrounded by beautiful scenery and breathtaking views of the Andes Mountains. The train trip ends in Aguas Calientes, which is a small town located 8 km from the Inca site by car or bus. Or is you decide on the Inca trail it usually takes about 3 days and you will arrive directly to the archeological site on foot. Once there, after admiring all the many ruins and walking through the narrow labyrinth of streets, the visitor can look forward to visiting Huayna Picchu from which the view of the Inca citadel is just breathtaking.

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Attractions

The Intihuatana

The etymology of its name comes from the quechua word “inti” that means sun and “huatana” that means tie up. It was used by the Incas as a sundial and each of its corners point to the four cardinal points; its use was also related as an astronomic calendar to define the seasons and particular festivities that the Incas celebrate. This monolithic sculpture was from 1 to 2 meters high on each of the different levels and 2 meters of diameter.

The temple of the Sun

Considered as one of the most important temples inside the citadel of Machu Picchu dedicated to the adoration of the sun, this was the main god in the Inca culture. The special characteristic of this temple is related to architecture, it has a semicircular wall in which two windows are part of it. In the middle of it, there is a rock that may have been used for religious ceremonies.

The main square

This open area has a square shape and it is surrounded by some buildings like the temple of the three windows which walls were assembled as a puzzle, the main temple and next to it was the priests house or also knows as the ornaments chamber, where offers to the gods were placed. The architectonic features that each of the buildings are amazing and perfect.

The real residence

Considered as the finest building and most carefully carved, from all the urban area where people used to live. This building has two rooms and the walls were perfectly carved, besides that, it has a service room, a space that has its own sewer line, a space for animals and a terrace from which the view to the citadel is amazing.

Huayna Picchu

This attraction is one of the most visited after Machu Picchu, it a mountain that is about 2700 meters high. The etimology of its name comes from the quechua words “Huayna” that means young and “picchu” that means mountain. To reach the peak you must climb up stone stairs and wooden ladders. After about 50 to 60 minutes of climbing up the mountain you will reach the top to be rewarded by breathtaking scenery.

The temple of the moon

This temple is located on the Huayna Picchu Mountain; the most interesting detail is that all the buildings are located inside a cave and the architectonic features are beautiful and perfect. There is chamber that can be found inside and also in the middle of the cave is a flat stone that is considered as an altar for sacrifices to the moon, The temple may have also been used for funerals.

Machu Picchu town and the hot springs

This beautiful town also called “Aguas Calientes” and is the starting point to visit Machu Picchu; this small village has no car or bus transportation which makes it easy to walk around and visit its different attractions like the main square and the handicrafts markets. The hot springs are well worth a visit and are located around 800 meters from the main square.

Phutucusi

The Phutuq k’usi mountain is located just behind the ruins of Machu Picchu and to reach the mountain you will need to climb wooden ladders. While walking to the top the scenery around the Urubamba river valley and the surrounding areas is breathtaking.

Wiñay Huayna

An archaeological site located along the Inca trail, it has two areas that are connected by a staircase. Among the architectonical features are houses, fountains and agricultural terraces.

Phuyupatamarca

Phuyupatamarca, also part of the Inca trail at an altitude of 3670 meters is most of year covered in cloud cover, due to the high altitude. Mostly used for hydraulic system which is said were built from platforms.

Butterfly house

This house is a great place to visit for nature lovers; here the visitor can find more than one hundred different species of butterflies, that live in the area of Machu Picchu, and you can see the developmental stages of these insects. A visit to Butterfly house takes around 15 to 20 minutes and the best time of the day is between 8 and 11 a.m. Tour guides are available.

What to do?

Book a tour guide

Our professional tour guide covers the main sights and gives an insider’s perspective on the myths and legends of the Inca city. Balance it out with some free time to explore the site on your own.

Hike the Inca Trail

Trekking Peru’s most famous trail is at the top of many travelers’ bucket list. You want to feel the real sensations of freedom and peace; you’ll follow in the footsteps of the Incas and get a chance to experience the extreme ups and downs (literal and figurative) of this sacred pilgrimage route through the Andes.

Climb the Sun Gate

The Gate to the Sun, or Inti Punku, is the fascinating corridor to Machu Picchu from the Inca Trail. From here, you can appreciate Machu Picchu and Huayna Picchu. According to historians, this entrance was used as a gate to regulate the number of people entering the citadel. During solstice, on December 23, the sun shines through this door and illuminates each ancient stone, allowing travelers to feel inspired, contemplate and meditate.

Hike the Huayna Picchu or Machu Picchu Mountain

The world-famous mountain Wayna Picchu is welcoming you. Its name, in the ancient Quechua language, means young peaks. It is the smaller of the two summits located at the Imperial city. Wayna Picchu can only be climbed by 400 visitors a day. You need between 45 minutes to 90 minutes to reach the summit, 500 meters higher than your original starting point. However, to get there you have to climb steep stairways flanking the side of a precipice, a challenge that’s not suitable for the faint-hearted. Once you get to the top, you’ll have a feeling of freedom, that you’re on top of the world and can almost touch the sky. The Sacred City sits at your feet, revealing the splendid shape of a condor, one of the sacred animals from the Inca cosmology. Further on the summit, other mysteries are yours to discover, such as caves where mummies might have found their final resting place. Let your spirit float while the wind tickles your skin, before attacking the sheer cliffs on your way down once again.

Travel tips

How to get to Machu Picchu

You have 2 options to reach the citadel:

  • By Train, you can take the train ride from Cusco (Poroy Stations 25min. from Cusco) or Ollantaytambo stations (70 min. from Cusco). There are many different styles of train to choose from leaving different times during the day.
  • Walking, Via Inca Trail only trek of about 3 to 4 days.

What bring

  • Carry a backpack with sunscreen, insect repellent, hat, refillable water bottle, good walking shoes, extra cash and snacks.

Book you tickets in advance

  • Good travel planning is done some time prior to departure and travel (2 months at least).
  • When you arrive to Peru our representative will give you the Tour pack with all the tickets included in your program.
  • If you would like an extra tour, let us to know ahead of time to book.
  • Always have your check list ready.

Weather

  • In the Highlands you have two distinct seasons Rainy, during summer months (October to April), Dry, the winter months (May to October) when the Andean countryside is at its best. Days are warm and dry while nights are always cold.
  • Machu Picchu is located in the Jungle zone so has a higher humidity level than that of Cusco, so we suggest you to bring all kinds of clothes.
  • Take protections against cold (at any time of the year) and sunscreen to avoid intense solar radiation.

Getting around Machu Picchu

  • When you come from Cusco the last stop is the little town called Aguas Calientes, only five blocks all around.
  • There is no ground transportation here so you have to walk and nothing is more than 5 min. in this little village all is close to you.
  • The 25 min. bus ride up (Buses operate from 5:30am-5:30pm) to reach to citadel entrance.
  • Once inside, be prepared to walk up and down steep stone stairs and dirt paths.
  • Also keep in mind that there are plenty of hiking opportunities inside the sanctuary and around the Aguas Calientes village.

Getting around Machu Picchu

  • Every year visitation to Machu Picchu increases so everybody needs to preserve and respect this Sanctuary.
  • Be sure to carry out all trash and be respectful of local culture and traditions.

Trip extensions

  • Machu Picchu is the gate to the Amazon so if you are the type of traveler that enjoy the wildlife and nature, you will get the opportunity to discover it.
  • Daily flight connections between Lima, Cusco and Puerto Maldonado (south amazon) make this easy.