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You can trust Adventure Life's Peru Machu Picchu experts to help you design the perfect tour to Machu Picchu just as thousands of elated Adventure Lifers that have traveled before you. We understand that for most people, visiting Machu Picchu is a once-in-a-lifetime trip, and we'll make sure every detail is perfect. From our base in Cusco, we'll explore the Sacred Valley of the Inca and take the train to Machu Picchu Village at the base of Machu Picchu mountain. For the adventurous & fit, hiking the Inca Trail to Machu Picchu is one of the world's most spectacular, must-do treks.  Four hundred years after the conquest, Hiriam Bigham "rediscovered" Machu Picchu, and now, you too can discover Machu Picchu for yourself with Adventure Life. Contact us to start planning your trip to Machu Picchu today. 

Top Ways to Visit Machu Picchu

On Foot - Hiking the Inca Trail

One of the world's premier treks, the high-altitude Inca Trail reaches nearly 14,000 feet before culminating at the glorious ruins of Machu Picchu. All travelers must acclimatize before starting the trek, and all our trek packages except the 5-Day Inca Trail express include acclimatization days in Cusco and the Sacred Valley

Reservations must be made well in advance for our most popular Inca Trail hikes, including:Create your own custom Inca Trail package.

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Machu Picchu Highlights

Don't miss these mind-boggling ruins within Machu Picchu:
  • Intihuatana - hitching post of the sun
  • Sacred Plaza
  • Main Gate (original entrance) & Quarries
  • Dry Moat & Long Staircase
  • Temple of the Sun & Royal Tomb
  • Mortars & Temple of the Condor

Walking beyond the main ruins, you can escape the crowds and explore:
  • The climb to the top of Huayna Picchu and the Sacred Rock at the entrance (must reserve well in advance)
  • The Inca bridge crossing a sheer cliff
  • The Gate of the Sun, entrance above Machu Picchu where the Inca Trail enters the citadel.
Getting to Machu Picchu - Planes, Trains & Automobiles

The vast majority of travelers get to Machu Picchu by taking a flight to Lima, then another flight to Cusco, then taking the train from just outside Cusco (Poroy Station), passing through the Sacred Valley and arriving to Aguas Calientes, a.k.a. Machu Picchu Town.

From Aguas Calientes it's a short shuttle ride along the Urubamba River and then up the zig-zag switchbacks to your destination high on the mountain top: the legendary Ruins of Machu Picchu.

If you have time, it's highly recommended to spend a night in Aguas Calientes so that you can visit the ruins at Machu Picchu early in the morning before the crowds arrive on the mid-morning trains from Cusco. 

The most adventurous will hike the Inca Trail to Machu Picchu, a 4-day high altitude trek culminating in watching the sunrise at the Gate of the Sun overlooking Machu Picchu. 
The Sacred Valley of the Inca - the Road & Rail to Machu Picchu

Upon arriving in the Inca capital at Cusco, many prefer to head straight away to the lower-altitude Sacred Valley and get their first introduction to the world of the Inca here.
  • Ollantaytambo is an Inca fortress and historical town built primarily with Inca stone where you can climb to the top of the ruins overlooking the town and the Sacred Valley.
  • Hike the Inca Trail from outside of Ollantaytambo (at KM 88), and you will experience the route to Machu Picchu on foot, just like the Inca did centuries ago.
  • Aguas Calientes - This is the bustling town at the foot of Machu Picchu mountain where you'll disembark from the train and find boutique hotels, quaint cafes, myriad restaurants, and souvenir shops.
  • Pisac is a small market village (main market day is Sunday) at the base of a towering Inca fortress surrounded by terraces overlooking the Sacred Valley far below.

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