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A trip to Machu Picchu is like stepping back in time to when the Inca empire ruled from Colombia to Chile while unbeknownst to European culture. Four hundred years after the conquest, Hiriam Bigham "rediscovered" Machu Picchu, the ruins of an expansive Inca fortress perched atop a towering mountain by the same name. While here, you will see these excellently preserved ruins as they were laid out in the time of the Inca centuries ago.You can trust Adventure Life's Peru travel experts to help you design the perfect tour to Machu Picchu just as thousands of elated Adventure Lifers that have gone before you. We understand that visiting Machu Picchu is a once-in-a-lifetime trip, and we'll make sure every detail is perfect. Contact us to start planning your trip to Machu Picchu today. 

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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: 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.
  • Pisac is a small market village at the base of a towering Inca fortress surrounded by terraced.
  • Ollantaytambo is an Inca fortress and town pav
  • Hike the Inca Trail from outside of Ollantaytambo and you will experience the route to Machu Picchu on foot, just like the Inca did centuries ago.
  • Aguas Calientes - This is the quaint and charming town at the foot of the mountain, where you'll find boutique hotels, great cafes and restaurants, and shops.

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