The ruins of Machu Picchu are one of the most beautiful and enigmatic ancient sites in the world. Two thousand feet above the rumbling Urubamba river, the cloud shrouded ruins have palaces, baths, temples, storage rooms and some 150 houses, all in a remarkable state of preservation in this World Heritage Site.

Interests

  • Adventure
  • Heritage
  • Landscape

Highlights

  • UNESCO World Heritage Site Machu Picchu
  • Wayna or Huayna Picchu
  • Sun Gate
  • Aguas Calientes

Places to Stay

Belmond Sanctuary Lodge

Style: Lodge

The Belmond Sanctuary Lodge is located directly at the entrance of the Machu Picchu citadel.

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Exterior view at El Mapi in Machu Picchu Pueblo, Peru
El Mapi

Style: Boutique

Modern design, stylish ambience, and a dynamic attitude are typical of the El Mapi hotel.

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Exterior view by night at Inkaterra Machu Picchu in Peru
Inkaterra Machu Picchu

Style: Lodge

Located in the midst of the subtropical flora, Inkaterra offers pleasantly subdued luxury, authentic atmosphere, and a service of extremely high standards.

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Activities in Machu Picchu Pueblo

Re-entry to Machu Picchu with Wayna Picchu Climb

If you are physically fit and want a postcard view of the citadel of Machu Picchu, then be among the first in the morning at the gate of Machu Picchu as you explore on your own the mountain opposite the ruins, Wayna Picchu. The trail is steep but worthwhile with great birds-eye views of the lost city and the surrounding peaks of the Andes. Because of the narrow trail and popular demand, there are only two timings allowed for the climb which must be booked in advance. Please let your travel consultant know if you’d rather do the climb from 7:00 to 8:00 a.m. or 10:00 to 11:00 a.m. We recommend rising early to get the best views before the heat and the crowds arrive! (Independent Activity)

Re-entry to Machu Picchu Ruins

Take a second day to explore the famous ruins of Machu Picchu. Independently view the ruins again, deepening your impressions and gaining a richer understanding and appreciation for this amazing world wonder. (Machu Picchu opens at 06:00. Independently tour Machu Picchu.)

*I-MPP Lunch M. Picchu @ Sanctuary Lodge

Enjoy lunch at Machu Picchu, refueling for the trip ahead, or perhaps for a detailed exploration of the sacred citadel. (The restaurant is open from 11:30 to 15:00)

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