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Machu Picchu Tours & Treks

Whether you choose to hike along the Inca Trail or travel by train, our Machu Picchu tours make it easy to visit this fascinating archaeological site high up in the mountains of Peru.
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The archaeological wonder of Machu Picchu is found high up above the Sacred Valley and is a must-see on any visit to Peru. We offer two ways to visit Machu Picchu on our Peru tours. Depending on what you'd prefer you can choose to hike to Machu Picchu along the Inca Trail or visit Machu Picchu by train. 

Hike to Machu Picchu on the Inca Trail
Hike the famous Inca Trail to Machu Picchu on one of our Inca Trail trekking tours. Nothing beats the feeling of seeing Machu Picchu appear from the mist as you descend from the Sun Gate on the last day of your hike. Most of our Inca Trail and Machu Picchu tours are small group tours, with average group sizes of 10-16. You'll be joined by like-minded travellers, as well as an expert local leader and a team of porters and cooks to aid you on your hike. Alternatively, on our Heights of Peru Private Tour you can choose who you hike with. Whether you take it on alone or with a partner or friends, you'll be joined by a private guide and porters to support you on the hike. 

For a happy medium, check out our Machu Picchu and Titicaca trip, which includes a one-day hike along a section of the Inca Trail. 

Machu Picchu by train 
Not up for hiking? We have several trips available that include getting the train to Machu Picchu, so you still get to see this amazing site without having to spend several days trekking. The journey involves taking a comfortable train journey to Agua Calientes, a mountain town close to the site. From there, we take a bus ride up to Machu Picchu itself. The length of the journey depends on which train station you go from - on some of our trips we travel from Cusco and on others we take the train from the Sacred Valley. Either way, there's plenty of time to explore the site in one day. 

For most of our Machu Picchu tours you'll be joined by a group of like-minded travellers and an expert tour leader throughout. Alternatively, on the Classic Peru Private Tour it'll just be you, anyone you may choose to bring with you,and private guides throughout.

Combine Machu Picchu with other Peru highlights
With our tours you can combine your visit to Machu Picchu with other highlights of Peru including Lake Titicaca, Arequipa, the Sacred valley and Palccoyo. We even offer the chance add a stay at an Amazon rainforest lodge or combine Machu Picchu with Ecuador's Galapagos Islands - that's two huge bucketlist items ticked off in one trip!

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FAQs about our Machu Picchu holidays

How do I get to Machu Picchu? Can I visit without having to hike?
You can either hike to Machu Picchu or take the train to the nearby town of Aguas Calientes and take a short bus-ride from there. Our hiking trips follow the most popular route to Machu Picchu, the Inca Trail

Can I hike to Machu Picchu?
Yes we offer Inca Trail treks that follow the most popular trail to Machu Picchu.

How hard is it to get to Machu Picchu?
It is easy to get to Machu Picchu by train, particularly on our trips as we arrange all the logistics for you. Depending on the trip you take, you'll get the train to Aguas Calientes from Cusco or Ollantaytambo in the Sacred Valley. From there we'll get take a short bus-ride to the site itself. Generally, after visiting Machu Picchu we stay in Aguas Calientes, avoiding further travel in one day and so you can rest well after lots of exploring. 

Our Inca Trail trekking trips are graded as 'Moderate to Challenging' meaning some days of trek are Moderate and at least one is Challenging. Walking the Inca Trail requires a good level of fitness but with a little pre-tour training it should be well within the capabilities of anyone who leads an active and moderately healthy lifestyle. It isn’t a race, you have the whole day to cover the distance and take in all the marvellous views and Inca ruins.

Is it safe to visit Machu Picchu?
Yes it is safe to visit Machu Picchu. Huge numbers visit the site each year with no problems.

It doesn't matter whether you're on one of our trips that takes the train to Machu Picchu, or one of our Inca Trail treks, your safety is our number one priority. Your local leader will have been expertly-trained by us to deal with any unexpected situations, and we pride ourselves on our reputation of reacting quickly and efficiently to issues. Plus, you'll have the reassurance of travelling with others in your group. 

How high is Machu Picchu?
Machu Picchu sits 2,430 metres (7,972 feet) above sea level.

What other destinations can I combine my Machu Picchu trip with?
Our Peru trips combine Machu Picchu with a selection of the country's other highights, such as Cusco, Lake Titicaca and Colca Canyon. You can also choose to extend your Peru trip with a stay in the Amazon rainforest.

We also offer a trip that combines Peru and Machu Picchu with the Galapagos Islands in one tour.

Is it responsible to visit Machu Picchu right now?
All of the porters and cooks for our tours are local people, often farmers, employed from the Sacred Valley area. We ensure that they are all paid fairly - being a porter on the Inca Trail pays much better than a farming job and one trip can often mean that they can support their family for weeks.

In 2018 non-reusable plastic was banned and the porters are asked to weigh their rubbish before and after the hike, to meet regulations. We only use designated campsites on the trail and all water is boiled. The food served is sourced from the local area - you'll likely have fish from the rivers and vegetables from the surrounding farms.

The permits ensure there are restricted numbers on the trail each day to protect the paths. The Inca Trail is closed in February every year for maintenance work. 


 

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