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Machu Picchu

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Amazon Rainforest
Andes Mountains
Cloud Forest
Machu Picchu & Peru
Active Adventures


What our guests say about Machu Picchu

"We tucked into a rocky nook and watched the sun rise over Machu Picchu. It was fantastic. Bill and Warren continued on to climb Huayna Picchu with Isabel which they enjoyed immensely and I spread out a blanket and my watercolors and imagined another time in history when 500 people coexisted in harmony in this once thriving stone city. The time to just relax on my own and take in the beauty of the site was a highlight of my trip. "

J. Kellogg
Madison, Wisconsin

Machu Picchu

" We especially loved the hotels in Cusco and Machu Picchu and the trip to Puno was wonderful. we enjoyed the burial towers. If we were doing it again we would add another day in Cusco. Thanks for a great trip."

R. Seidenwurm
San Diego, California


"Well oxygen wasn’t a problem for us during our time in high altitude Peru because we never actually stopped to breathe! We asked for as action packed as possible and you gave it to us Jen. All was super, thanks. We especially loved the time in the Sacred Valley and we are glad that you encouraged us to add an extra day to do the horseback day in the highlands. The train all the way back was a treat. By the time we finished Galapagos we were wiped but it was all worth it!."

S. Washington
Miami, Florida


Machu Picchu & Peru

Majestic, powerful, stunning, the classic destination in Peru

Machu Picchu is an Inca masterpiece in the Peruvian Andes. This sophisticated ancient city was built by hand, stone by stone without using mortar and focused around worshipping the sun god. An architectural site of historical significance and just plain awe inspiring.

Inca terraces in PeruAdd Machu Picchu to a Galapagos trip or make Peru

a separate journey

Visiting Machu Picchu is possible by adding as little as 5 days onto your Galapagos trip. However, we recommend taking a full week to explore the region. Or, you may prefer to see Peru on a whole separate trip in order to have more time to explore this amazingly diverse country.

When to go to Machu Picchu

May through October is the driest season. April and November are shoulder season months. It can rain any time of year but February & March can be particularly wet. February has a history of floods. However, there are definitely less other visitors in the shoulder and wet seasons. Sometimes trails are very muddy in the wet season.

  Things to do in Machu Picchu and Peru
Machu Picchu
  Quick facts about Machu Picchu
  • Day walks and hikes in the Andean countryside
  • Visit various substantial ruins from past cultures
  • Visit the workshops of artisans and craft makers
  • Travel by train through the Sacred Valley to Machu Picchu pueblo
  • Travel by boat or sea kayak to visit a distinctly different culture and floating islands on Lake Titicaca
  • En route, visit cities filled with ancient culture
  • Overnight lodge to lodge hikes carrying just a day pack
  • Observe Andean Condors in their native habitat
  • Mountain climbing or extended trekking
  • Whitewater rafting, horseback riding, zipline or other adventurous activities
  • Fly above the mysterious Nazca lines for great photos
  • Hike the famous Inca trail or the lesser known and less travelled Salkantay trek
  • Journey to the Amazon rainforest to canoe and hike
  • Visit classic colorful South American markets. Some focus on selling to locals and some to travelers.
  • The elevation of Machu Picchu is 7,970 ft (2,430m) and it has a cloud forest-like environment
  • In order to get to Machu Picchu you need to pass through Cusco at 11,200 ft (3,400m) but you can easily avoid an overnight at this elevation to prevent acclimatization issues.
  • Machu Picchu sanctuary covers approximately 80 acres/32.5 hectares
  • Most archeologists believe that Machu Picchu was constructed as a manor for the Inca emperor Pachacuti (1438-1472) and was abandoned within 100 years of being built.
  • Since it was unknown to the Spanish conquistadores they did not destroy it like many other Incan sites
  • Weather at Machu Picchu citadel tends to be most clear early in the morning
  • The area is home to a number of fascinating animals, including the Spectacled Bear, the Andean Cock-of-The-Rock, Long-Tailed Weasels and Pampas Cats.


Tips for avoiding crowds at Machu Picchu

Our tours spend 1-2 nights in the small town directly below Machu Picchu (or at a lodge at the gates) so you can enter the citadel before the first train from Cusco arrives. If you can visit before or after summer vacation there will also be less people. Machu Picchu does have a daily cap on visitors so advance planning is essential. Visit our active adventures website for information about hiking the Inca trail, Salkantay trek or lodge to lodges trek to Machu Picchu

Machu Picchu SalkantayA short video about the history of the site

Article about artifacts taken from Machu Picchu by Yale University 100 years ago and returned in recent years.

Inca mummies: Secrets of a lost world. photos and article

Machu Picchu is a phenomenal natural, cultural and historical site but the citadel itself is definitely not off the beaten path. While there are daily caps on visitors, in the high season it gets upwards of 2,000 visitors per day! However, if you are going all the way to Peru we do still recommend Machu Picchu as it is quite spectacular which is why it is so popular.


Galapagos and Machu Picchu Contact us to start planning your trip to Machu Picchu, Lake Titicaca and other stunning destinations in Peru.

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