Machu Picchu Tours

Machu Picchu Treks

Hiking through the Andes to the Inca citadel of Machu Picchu is a truly memorable experience.  With supported treks from 2 days to a week or more, there is something for everyone.  The Inca Trail, the Salkantay Trek and the Lares Treks offer some of the best hiking in Peru.  

Here we compare these three treks to help you find the right Machu Picchu trek for you.

Galapagos Land Tours

Machu Picchu Galapagos Tours – a great combination of history and nature

There is no better way to explore the best that South America has to offer than to take a trip combining  Machu Picchu with the unforgettable Galapagos Islands.

Peru is a country of friendly people, rich culture and fascinating archaeological remains, and The Galapagos Islands are one of the best places in the world to get close to wildlife in its natural environment.

Train to Machu Picchu

Second Day At Machu Picchu?

Machu Picchu is a whole city; with agricultural sectors, temples, palaces and countless terraces.  Is just one day really enough to take it all in?

Reasons for the  Extra Day in Machu Picchu

1. So Much To See..

There is so much to see: ceremonial baths, temples, tombs, agricultural terraces, not to mention the wandering llamas.  There is a lot to explore, a lot of mysteries to consider and some magnificent views to admire.  Why rush?

2.  Travel Time

There is a reason Machu Picchu was lost for so long - it is in a remote mountain valley Even now, Machu Picchu is not the easiest place to get to: access is only by train or on foot. Trains leave from Poroy, just outside Cusco (3½ hours) and Ollantaytambo (1½ hours).  You arrive not into Machu Picchu but the small town of Aguas Calientes - located below the Inca citadel.  A short, 20 minute bus ride, takes you up an impressive series of switchbacks to the entrance of Machu Picchu itself.    Staying in the Sacred Valley near Ollantaytambo the night before your visit, though, does cut two hours off your travel time.

3. Huayna Picchu

Machu Picchu the citadel is located between two peaks.  The peak that features in just about every picture of Machu Picchu is the steep and rocky Huayna Picchu; meaning small peak.  Many visitors enjoy the challenge of tackling the steep and narrow pathways up to the great views at the top. So much so that it is now necessary to buy Huayana Picchu tickets in advance. There are two entry times for Huayna Picchu: at 7am and 10am though even with the tickets you will still need to stand in line for around 30 minutes before you start, especially in high season, then allow around 2 hours for the climb up and down.

More on Machu Picchu entry tickets and Huayna Picchu.

4. More Things to Do and Places to See.

Aside from the extensive main buildings of Machu Picchu, there are other, hidden sections worth a visit.  Most need a couple of extra hours of walking to reach.

Machu Picchu Mountain is the other peak behind Machu Picchu.  It is far less crowded than Huayna Picchu, is higher and has equally fabulous views. The hike takes around 3 hours.

The Inca Drawbridge is an exciting one hour walk away along a trail set into a sheer precipice; or from Aguas Calientes you can climb Putucusi.  Meaning ‘happy mountain’, Putucusi is located opposite Machu Picchu so affords breathtaking and entirely different views of the site.

Reasons not to spend that extra day in Machu Picchu

1. A Full Day May Be Enough

Trains arrive at the Machu Picchu train station from 8am so you can be up the hill and in the ruins by 8.30am, stay until the gates close at 5pm and still be back in Cusco that night. The only thing likely to drag you away earlier is your rumbling stomach as it is prohibited to take packed lunches into the site.