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Machu Picchu Tours

Explore one of the world's greatest wonders with our private and small group Machu Picchu tours. Enveloped within a dramatic landscape where the Andes meet the Amazon basin, the ancient city of Machu Picchu was built to perfection by the mighty Inca Empire. You can arrive at Machu Picchu via train or an unforgettable multi-day trekking expedition. Once you step foot into this UNESCO World Heritage site, you’ll discover its refined architecture, spiritual meaning and astronomical importance. You will be accompanied by an expert, local, English-speaking guide who will bring the ruins to life through its fascinating oral history.

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Our dedicated team of travel experts is ready to customize your trip to Peru. Browse our wide selection of Machu Picchu tours below, all featuring a visit to the iconic Inca citadel, and contact us to plan a trip from start to finish that matches your exact preferences and needs. Top-value accommodations and transfers are part of each tour package.

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Machu Picchu is open from 6:00 a.m.–5:30 p.m. every day including weekends and holidays.

The Machu Picchu ruins have two on-site hikes: Huayna Picchu Mountain and Machu Picchu Mountain. Both can be combined with a Machu Picchu tour and take 2–3 and 4–5 hours to complete, respectively. For even more adventure, you can hike over multiple days to Machu Picchu via the Inca Trail, Lares or Salkantay treks.

Machu Picchu hotel and hostel options are plentiful in Aguas Calientes, the town at the base of the Machu Picchu ruins. Our Top Pick hotels here are:

  • 5-Star Inkaterra Machu Picchu Pueblo Hotel
  • 4-Star El Mapi
  • 3-Star Casa Andina Standard Machu Picchu
  • 2-Star Waman Hotel

1–2 days. Two days and one night is the best amount of time to tour Machu Picchu at a leisurely pace: one day to arrive by train and another for the tour and return to Cusco. A whirlwind one-day Machu Picchu tour from Cusco is possible but it will be a long 16–17 hour day.

A guided tour of Machu Picchu is 2 hours long. The ruins operate on a one way circuit that leads to the exit of the ruins and re-entry is not allowed with a Machu Picchu general entrance ticket.

A tour of Machu Picchu includes stops at the Guardhouse, agricultural zone, main gate, fountains, tower, temple zone, Temple of the Three Windows, astronomical observatory, Sacred Rock, Group of Three Doorways, royal enclosures, Temple of the Condor and storage area. You will also have views of the west agricultural zone and main square while walking through the ruins.

The best time to visit Machu Picchu is between April and September. The dry season from May to August offers sunny weather with the best views of the ruins but with more crowds. Shoulder seasons in April/May and September/October offer a good chance of pleasant weather and views and with fewer crowds.

Yes. Since 2019 it has been mandatory to enter Machu Picchu with a tour guide. You can book in advance or hire a guide at the main entrance.

A tour of the Machu Picchu citadel is approximately 2 hours and operates as a one way circuit exiting out of the ruins at the end of the tour. For most, this is a perfect amount of time to see Machu Picchu. Reentrance is not permitted with a general entrance ticket. If you would like to spend more time at the ruins, you will need an additional entrance ticket or hiking permit.

Easy–Moderate. Machu Picchu has a well marked path for visitors to follow, with railings where there are steep steps. Although some circuits have fewer steps than others, all visitors must walk up and down stone steps and over uneven paths. This can be tough for those with disabilities and/or joint pain. Elderly and disabled visitors are allowed to use hiking poles with rubber tips.

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