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Machu Picchu

The holy grail for lovers of Inca monuments, the enigmatic lost city of Machu Picchu is the most famous archaeological site in all of South America.

The spectacular collection of temples, terraced hills and plazas was the mountain-top citadel of the Inca under Pachacutec and Tupac Yupanqui, until the coming of the Europeans with Pizarro.

It may have the most familiar name, but Machu Picchu has refused to reveal many of its mysteries, including the secrets of its construction, function and demise. The overgrown ruins were discovered by US historian Hiram Bingham in 1911, and the quality of the stonework hints that it was an extremely important ceremonial site.

The remains are thought to date from around 1450, built at the height of the Inca Empire, and as they escaped being plundered by the Spanish they include semi-intact icons and shrines that were defaced or removed at other sites.

Entering the site, a set of steps leads to the ruined Temple of the Sun and a series of altars and niches. Highlights include the remains of ceremonial baths, the Sacred Plaza with its tremendous view across the Urubamba River valley, a rare shrine to the sun, and a labyrinth of passageways and cells.

One of the best ways to visit Machu Picchu is on an all-inclusive Day Trip from Cusco, with scenic rail transport, entry and informative guide included.

Practical Info

Machu Picchu is a 20-minute bus trip from the service town of Aguas Calientes, following a tortuously twisting mountain road. To catch the sun rise, time your visit to arrive at Machu Picchu around 7am.

Buses leave Aguas Calientes every 10 or so minutes from 5:20am, and the last bus back to Aguas Calientes leaves at 5:30pm. Remember to buy your entry ticket to Machu Picchu before you head off - tickets aren’t sold at the site, only at the Machu Picchu Cultural Center in Aguas Calientes.

Machu Picchu can also be reached by the legendary four-day Inca Trail, following a majestic route across mountains and valleys. A scenic alternative to the Inca Trail would be the Salkantay trek.

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Machu Picchu Day Trip from Cusco

4.5 star rating: Recommended 414 Reviews

Take an all-inclusive day trip to breathtaking Machu Picchu from Cusco. Visit the world-famous Incan ruins and learn about the city, its history and the people ...  Read more

Location: Cusco, Peru
Duration: 14 hours (approx.)

From USD $335.35
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The Inca Trail: 4-Day Trek to Machu Picchu

4 star rating: Recommended 17 Reviews

Take on the Inca Trail, known as one of the most sacred pilgrimages around the world, on this 4-day trek through the Urubamba Valley towards the citadel of ...  Read more

Location: Cusco, Peru
Duration: 4 days (approx.)

From USD $847.99

Viator Exclusive: Early Access to Machu Picchu with an Archaeologist

3.5 star rating: Worth doing 23 Reviews

Make an exciting train trip from Cusco to the incredible Inca citadel of Machu Picchu. There are two options: touring Machu Picchu in one day or taking a ...  Read more

Location: Cusco, Peru
Duration: 13 hours or 16 hours

From USD $450.99

5-Day Salkantay Trek and Machu Picchu Tour from Cusco

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Hike for four days on the Salkantay Trek, a scenic alternative to the more traditional Inca Trail, and visit the amazing ruins of Machu Picchu – a UNESCO World ...  Read more

Location: Cusco, Peru
Duration: 5 days (approx.)

From USD $904.99

Viator Exclusive: 7-Day Inca Quarry Trail to Machu Picchu

Retrace the steps of Peru's ancient civilization on an exclusive seven-day journey along the Inca Quarry Trail to legendary Machu Picchu. Following an ...  Read more

Location: Cusco, Peru
Duration: 7 days (approx.)

From USD $1,360.00

Hiram Bingham Luxury Train to Machu Picchu

4 star rating: Recommended 4 Reviews

Experience first-class transport and dining all the way to Machu Picchu and back aboard the Belmond Hiram Bingham train, equipped with classic 1920s Pullman ...  Read more

Location: Cusco, Peru
Duration: 13 hours (approx.)

From USD $994.99

Full Day Tour to Machu Picchu from Cusco

See the historical site of Machu Picchu in one day. If you only want to visit the absolute highlights of Peru, than this is the way to go.

Location: Cusco, Peru
Duration: 1 day (approx.)

From USD $310.00

4-Day Classic Machu Picchu Inca Jungle Trek

This trip is one of the best adventure alternative treks in Cusco, that captures the majestic energy of Machu Picchu through ancient paths designed by the ...  Read more

Location: Cusco, Peru
Duration: 4 days (approx.)

From USD $387.50

Inca Jungle Trek: 4-Day Tour to Machu Picchu Including Biking, Rafting and Zipline

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The Inca Jungle Premium Trek, is an amazing 4 day alternative tour where you can practice adventure sports like rafting, trekking, biking and zip lining. It ...  Read more

Location: Cusco, Peru
Duration: 4 days (approx.)

From USD $495.00

Private Overnight Sacred Valley Combo: Triathlon and Machu Picchu Exploration

Enjoy a private adventure as you visit Machu Picchu and see the Sacred Valley of the Incas by taking part in our private Sacred Valley Triathlon which involves ...  Read more

Location: Cusco, Peru
Duration: 2 days (approx.)

From USD $960.00

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