"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. "
" 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."
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!."
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.
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.
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
Quick facts about 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
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.
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