What to Pack for Machu Picchu

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Getting to the ancient Inca ruins of Machu Picchu, set deep in the Andes, is a journey and an experience that requires advance planning and preparation. To avoid arriving at the site without the right gear, here’s a list of things you should bring.

Sun and bug protection: Situated at an altitude of more than 7,900 feet (2,400 meters), Machu Picchu is fairly exposed to the direct rays of the sun, meaning visitors are more susceptible to sunburn. Be sure to bring a hat, sunglasses, protective clothing, and sunblock. Insect repellent is also a good idea.

Waterproof clothing: Machu Picchu can get wet. The site has a distinct rainy season from October through April, although early-morning mists rising from the surrounding river can make things wet any time of the year. While umbrellas are not allowed, rain jackets, coats, and hats are recommended.

Drinking water and snacks: After several hours walking in the hot sun at Machu Picchu, it’s easy to get a little dehydrated. Bottled water and snacks are a great idea, especially for the long train and bus trip if you’re arriving from Cusco or points further away. Bottles are also available for purchase from vendors on-site.

Sturdy shoes: This famous Inca complex is made up of more than 200 buildings arranged across a series of wide terraces. Prepare to do some walking during your visit, particularly if you have plans to scale the towering Huayna Picchu mountain just behind the main site. While you'll find some stellar views at the top, note that selfie sticks and tripods are not allowed at Machu Picchu.

Trekking gear: Although many visitors arrive at Machu Picchu by bus and rail, some choose to reach the site via a guided hike on the Inca Trail, which can involve a full-day or multi-day hiking trip through the nearby mountains. Most hiking tours include camping gear such as tents, but Inca Trail travelers should pack moisture-wicking clothing and warm outer layers for cold nights.
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Machu Picchu Day Trip from Cusco

Spend a day exploring the Inca citadel of Machu Picchu during this all-inclusive day trip leaving from Cusco. Discover this renowned mountaintop Inca site with a guide, learning about its construction, history, and what daily life was like for its residents. The trip’s relaxed, non-strenuous pace is a great option for first-time visitors, families and solo travelers alike, and features four different train ride options. The trip also includes round-trip hotel transport, transfer from Cusco to Machu Picchu (via train and bus) and the site entrance fee.
  • Duration: 14 hours
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$351.00 USD
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  • Duration: 14 hours
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$351.00 USD

2-Day Tour: Sacred Valley and Machu Picchu by Train

Discover the Sacred Valley and Machu Picchu on this 2-day tour. Visit key sites such as Pisac, Urubamba, and Ollantaytambo and discover their individual archaeological sites with your guide. Spend the night at Aguas Calientes, the village at the base of Machu Picchu, and rest up before catching the sunrise at the famous Inca citadel the next day.
  • Duration: 2 days
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$479.00 USD
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Hiram Bingham Luxury Train to Machu Picchu

Travel back in time aboard the elegant Belmond Hiram Bingham train, enjoying the ultimate in luxury train transportation on a 13-hour tour of the world-famous Machu Picchu. Climb aboard the train’s richly appointed 1920s Pullman cars to enjoy fabulous views of the Andes, white tablecloth dining and high-end wine. Then explore Machu Picchu with an expert guide, followed by afternoon tea at the Belmond Sanctuary Lodge. This VIP Machu Picchu experience also includes welcome drink at the station, appetizers, lunch and dinner, full drink service, entrance fees at the site, live on-board entertainment and round-trip transport to your hotel.
  • Duration: 13 hours
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$1,025.99 USD
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  • Duration: 13 hours
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Machu Picchu Private Full-Day Tour from Cusco

Machu Picchu is Peru’s headline act, but you don’t have to trek the Inca Trail to visit the Lost City of the Incas. This private full-day tour from Cusco includes a spectacular train ride through the Sacred Valley, a tasty buffet lunch, and a private tour of the UNESCO-listed archaeological site. Hotel pickup and drop-off is included.
  • Duration: 1 day
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$449.00 USD
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  • Duration: 1 day
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7-Day Lima and Cusco Tour with Overnight at Machu Picchu

Experience the top highlights of Lima, Cusco and world-famous Machu Picchu during this 7-day, 6-night excursion. Spend your first two days in cosmopolitan Lima, discovering its landmarks, shopping and top-notch cuisine. Then head to the ancient Inca capital of Cusco to explore its fascinating mix of indigenous and colonial architecture, and then on to the iconic mountaintop citadel of Machu Picchu. This week-long, budget-friendly Peru trip, including plenty of free time for independent exploration, also includes all transport, admission fees (including at Machu Picchu), six nights of accommodation and daily breakfast.
  • Duration: 7 days
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$920.85 USD
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  • Duration: 7 days
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Machu Picchu Tour from Cusco

Spend a full day exploring Peru’s star attraction, the UNESCO-listed Machu Picchu, on a guided tour from Cusco. Climb up into the mountains on a dramatic train journey to Agua Calientes and continue by bus to the mountaintop citadel. Then, explore the fascinating ruins of the Lost City of the Incas or join a guided trek to the Sun Gate for an unforgettable view over Machu Picchu.
  • Duration: 8 hours
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$330.00 USD
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  • Duration: 8 hours
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4-Day Jungle Adventure to Machu Picchu: Biking, Ziplining, Rafting and Hiking

Maximize your adventure during your trip to Machu Picchu as you enjoy this 4-day, 3-night trip packed with fun activities like biking, ziplining and rafting. Choose an alternative to the typical Inca Trail hiking paths, enjoying a 2.5-hour jungle bike ride, 2.5-hour rafting trip on Classs III and IV rapids and a 2-hour experience on Peru’s first canopy-level zipline. Cap it all off with a chance to explore the famous Inca citadel at Machu Picchu in the first light of day and with a 2-hour guided tour of the site. This adventure-lover’s experience also features hotel pickup, three nights of guesthouse accommodations, guide, bus and train transfers, three days of meals and snacks, entrance fees and all necessary biking, ziplining and rafting equipment.
  • Duration: 4 days
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$667.00 USD
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  • Duration: 4 days
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4-Day Machu Picchu with Biking, Rafting, Ziplining from Cusco

If you want add some exhilaration to the Inca Trail then opt for this 4-day jungle adventure from Cusco, which includes adventure sports such as white-water rafting, mountain biking, and ziplining. Amid the breathtaking landscapes of the Andes mountains, you’ll hike to mountain summits, observe native flora and fauna, and visit Machu Picchu, UNESCO World Heritage Site and New7Wonder of the World, at sunrise. Most meals, accommodation, activities, and hotel pickup and drop-off in Cusco are included.
  • Duration: 4 days
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$495.00 USD
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  • Duration: 4 days
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2-Day Sacred Valley and Machu Picchu from Cusco

For any traveler visiting Peru, the Sacred Valley and World Heritage-listed Machu Picchu are must-see sights. Combine the two on a 2-day tour from Cusco, which includes transport, entrance fees, and one nights accommodation. Visit the archeological site of Pisaq Potato Park, ascend to the vertiginous Ollantaytambo Fortress, and spend the evening in the quaint town of Aguas Calientes. Plus, you’ll take a 2-hour guided tour of iconic Inca citadel, Machu Picchu, on day two.
  • Duration: 2 days
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$450.00 USD
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  • Duration: 2 days
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Cusco, Machu Picchu, and Sacred Valley 5-Day Tour

Explore Peru’s fascinating Inca history and culture during this 5-day, 4-night, excursion to Cusco, Machu Picchu, and the Sacred Valley. Discover the indigenous and colonial history of Cusco, then extend your knowledge at the ancient Inca settlements of Pisaq and Ollantaytambo. You’ll cap off the trip with a visit and guided tour at the famous Inca citadel of Machu Picchu. Accommodations, some meals, and transport to Machu Picchu included.
  • Duration: 5 days
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$545.00 USD
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  • Duration: 5 days
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