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Due to safety concerns in the area, the Peruvian government has indefinitely closed access to Machu Picchu and the Inca Trail leading to the ancient site.

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The Basics

As one of the New Seven Wonders of the World, Machu Picchu is a must-visit for many travelers to Peru. Visitors are required to enter with an official tour guide in small groups of up to 16 people. Entry is permitted in hour-specific time slots and is limited to four hours.

Those pressed for time often visit the ancient ruins on a day trip by train from Cusco, but the 4-day trek along the legendary Inca Trail is another popular option. Some multi-day tour options also visit other regional highlights, such as Lake Titicaca and the Amazon rain forest.

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2-Day Tour: Sacred Valley and Machu Picchu by Train
2-Day Tour: Sacred Valley and Machu Picchu by Train
$479.00 per adult
Traveler Favorite
Bucket list experience
Must admit hadn’t put the Sacred Valley on bucket list but leading up to our Machu Picchu experience it was a must. To learn the history surrounding the area and seeing the dramatic change in landscape and not to be rushed and be the first visitors to see MP at its best first thing in the morning without the crowds the 2 day trip was much appreciated. A bit dubious about the railroad track hotel but the views at breakfast at the rear of property was an added bonus.
Kathy_M, Nov 2022

Recent reviews from experiences in Cusco

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Well organised way to see...
Lily_M, Nov 2022
2-Day Tour: Sacred Valley and Machu Picchu by Train
Well organised way to see the sacred Valley and Machu Picchu. Hotel booked by company was good and clean but note it was very close to train line with trains running into the late evening, so we were woken up by trains passing a couple of times while we were trying to get a early night.
star-5
Excellent
Nigel_H, Jan 2023
Machu Picchu Day Trip from Cusco
Very well organised trip and the sights and view when we got there were amazing. Considering how difficult and remote Machu Picchu is, minibus, train and then another bus, it all worked relly well.
star-5
Highly Recommend Private Tour
Monica_P, Jan 2023
Private Full-Day Tour To Machu Picchu with Lunch
Wonderful driver, tour, and travel coordination. Learned in great detail about Incan history and the story of Machu Picchu.
star-5
Experience of a Lifetime
Michael_C, Dec 2022
Private Guided Tour to Machu Picchu from Aguas Calientes
I wanted to personally thank Juan Carlos for making my visit to Manchu Picchu an unforgettable experience. He took a lot of time and care to make sure the day was planned perfectly, came to my hotel the night before to go over it. His knowledge of the history and ecology of the area was amazing. He took beautiful photos of me that will serve as a lifetime reminder of the magic of Machu Picchu. -Mike
star-5
A must do if you are visiting the mountain.
Jocelyn_F, Nov 2022
Private Guide for Machu Picchu - 3 hours
Our tour guide Manolo was great. He has been to the mountain thousands of times and is very knowledgeable about everything. We were able to learn about the Machu Picchu AND about his culture and village and how they all tie in. Great experience. He arrived to our hotel early and spoke fluent English. 😀
star-5
A well organized tour
Iris_H, Nov 2022
01 Day Tour to Machu Picchu The Inca City
We booked the tour only 3 days before and they managed to arrange the transportation and entrance tickets successfully. Our guide Tatiana is professional and knowledgeable. She also helped us to take a sneak peek of Machu Picchu from the higher platform which was not included in the ticket. Overall, the tour was well arranged and the trip was memorable.
star-5
2-day Inca Trail + Machu and Huyana Picchu
Adam_G, Nov 2022
Inca Trail: 2-Day Machu Picchu with Panoramic Train
Great time on the 2-day Inca Trail tour. Strenuous but very doable hike. Good guide explaining facts of the flora/fauna of the mountain, history of the trail, general history of the people and of course Machu Picchu. Machu Picchu the second day was really crowded so we’re glad we did the Inca Trail the day prior for better views and more solitude. Huyana Picchu was an add-on and worth it. Guide doesn’t go with you there and it’s another strenuous (but much shorter) hike with amazing views.
star-5
You only live once make it count!
Mary_B, Oct 2022
Machu Picchu Private Full-Day Tour from Cusco
Amazing! My tour guide was just absolutely fantastic. I recommend this tour to anyone looking to go to Peru and visit Machu Picchu.
star-5
Let Mintas Guide You with No Worries!
Ronald_E, Oct 2022
Machu Picchu by train Full day
Irwin and Brian are the absolute best! Highly recommend Mintas to coordinate the logistics of all transportation getting to and from Machu Picchu. Tour with Brian was most excellent. Great reliable communication with our group.
star-4
Must-see Attraction
Hazel_C, Oct 2022
Machu Picchu Full Day from Cusco
Good communication with the tour company. The tour included all train and bus tickets and fees. Edwin, our guide is well-informed. Machu Picchu is breathtaking. It would have been much more fun if we were able to do other circuits, but it wasn't the tour company's fault though. Well spent time, about 3 hours. Lots of time to take photos too with not much crowd around! Hotel pickup is a plus, would have been much appreciated if we were dropped off at our hotel too.
star-5
Wonderful trip!
Rachel_B, Oct 2022
6 Day Best of Peru: Cusco, Machu Picchu and Lake Titicaca Tour
We had a great time! Our guide in Cuzco and Machu Picchu, Michael was fantastic. Very informative and helpful. We really enjoyed our time with him. Nestor in Puno was also fantastic. Preferred form of communication with the tour company is on the WhatsUp app. I tried communicating through Viator and didn’t get a response for quite some time but as soon as I found their contact information on WhatsUp app they were very prompt in messaging me back.
star-4
Enjoyable trip
Dolores_U, Sep 2022
Machu Picchu Full Day
At first our instructions were a bit confusing but it all came together for a very enjoyable visit. Machu Picchu ruins are unbelievable, tour did have a bit of stairs and uphill terrain but guide was patient for us older folk. Guide was so knowledgeable of the Inca lifestyle.
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Things to Know Before You Go

  • Entry tickets sell out early, especially in the Peruvian winter (May to September). Book well ahead of time.

  • All travelers must visit with a licensed guide and organized tours make it easy to visit this popular destination.

  • Selfie sticks, tripods, and strollers are not allowed at Machu Picchu. Expect to have your bag checked at the gate.

  • One of the most iconic views of Machu Picchu is seen from the top of Huayna Picchu.

  • Expect a full-day tour from Cusco to last upwards of 13 hours.

  • Machu Picchu is not wheelchair accessible.

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How to Get There

The quickest way to Machu Picchu is by train (PeruRail or IncaRail) from Cusco or Ollantaytambo, followed by a short bus ride or steep hike from the town of Aguas Calientes. For some, hiking the Inca Trail is as much a part of the Machu Picchu experience as the ruins themselves. This busy trail isn't the only trekking route; others such as the Salkantay trek or Lares route provide off-the-beaten-path alternatives.

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When to Get There

In high season between late May and early September, the Lost City of the Inca allows a maximum of 2,500 people to visit each day. June, July, and August are the busiest and driest months, while January is the wettest and February sees the closure of the Inca Trail. Spring and fall strike a nice balance between pleasant weather and manageable crowds.

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Tips for the Inca Trail Hike

If your dream Machu Picchu experience includes hiking the Inca Trail through the Sacred Valley, book well ahead of time, as the number of hikers is limited to 500 per day (including guides and porters). This difficult trail requires a fair amount of physical fitness, particularly given the high altitude in the Andes mountains. Give yourself at least two days in Cusco to acclimatize, and buy some coca leaves to help with any altitude sickness. Pick up a pair of walking sticks too—you'll be glad you did.

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Frequently Asked Questions
The answers provided below are based on answers previously given by the tour provider to customers’ questions.
Q:
What are the nearest attractions to Machu Picchu?
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Attractions near Machu Picchu:
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What else should I know about attractions in Cusco?
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As well as visiting the Machu Picchu, check out these trip ideas to make the most of your visit: