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Our Expert Travel Consultants have curated a list of our top 9 Machu Picchu Tours to inspire your dream vacation. As one of the Seven Wonders of the World, a tour of Machu Picchu is one of the most popular things to do on any trip to Peru. Dating back to the 15th century, this ancient citadel provides travelers with an in-depth view of the Incan civilization and its surrounding regions. Include popular activities in your Machu Picchu tour such as trekking the renowned Inca Trail, or riding the luxury Hiram Bingham Peru train along the Urubamba river. You can also seamlessly combine a trip to the Galapagos Islands or the Amazon Rainforest with your Machu Picchu Travel Package. Our custom-designed tours include hotels, private excursions, transportation, and local guides; we can include everything that you need on your trip to Machu Picchu.
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Places to Visit on a Trip to Machu Picchu
The two places that really should be combined with a trip to Machu Picchu are Cusco and the Sacred Valley. Cusco was once the capital of the Inca Empire. The city has the nearest airport to Machu Picchu and is a must-see destination in itself. The buildings of the historic center are a combination of Spanish colonial architecture and Incan construction.
The Sacred Valley is about half-way between Cusco and Machu Picchu. It is a beautiful area that really makes any trip to Machu Picchu a memorable one. Observe the local people farming the land, visit traditional markets and fascinating ruins. The Sacred Valley is a great area for hiking, biking, and just generally exploring. All Machu Picchu vacations should include a visit to the Sacred Valley. You won’t regret it!
How to Visit Machu Picchu
People often ask us, how can I get the most out of my trip to Machu Picchu? There are a couple of ways to visit Machu Picchu depending on your travel style. For travelers preferring comfort or on a tight schedule, the numerous train options are the best way to get to Machu Picchu, from the simple but comfortable Expedition train to the luxury Hiram Bingham train. Enjoy views of the Sacred Valley along the way as you get ready for the wonder ahead.
For adventurers, trekking the renowned Inca Trail is a rewarding journey. On our Inca Trail to Machu Picchu Peru Tour, travelers will embark on the classic Inca Trail trek. This route leads explorers along trails surrounded by hidden gems that would be unseen if traveling by train. Quite exceptional is the entrance to Machu Picchu via the Inca Trail, through the Sun Gate, the very door that the Incas used thousands of years ago.
Recommended Machu Picchu Tours
Blending cultures steeped in tradition, epic historical ruins, breathtaking landscapes, and tantalizing cuisine, our Essence of Peru Tour combines all the best of Peru. Accompanied by local guides, travelers are guaranteed an insiders’ look at the wonders that Peru has to offer, including Machu Picchu. Why not add a trek along the celebrated Inca trail? Or relax in comfort on one of the many trains on the way to the citadel. Learn about Machu Picchu’s background and, of course, take the time to explore the ruin by yourself, taking in every detail. Find your favorite spots, whether in an ancient structure or alongside an alpaca overlooking the stunning Andean mountain views. For a comprehensive tour of South America, consider our From Machu Picchu to Rio de Janeiro Tour. Explore the great wonders of not only Peru but exotic Brazil and Paraguay. Visit the cultural epicenter Lima, mystical Lake Titicaca, epic Iguazu Falls, quaint Asuncion and, of course, the beach paradise, Rio de Janeiro.
South America is an incredibly varied continent, with each region claiming its own unique cultures, significant sites, and natural beauty. Consider combining a tour of Machu Picchu with an Amazon Rainforest tour to experience the epic scope of this continent. From the highest peaks of the Andean mountain range, surrounded in history at Machu Picchu, venture into the biodiverse Peruvian Amazon Rainforest. Along the shores of the Tambopata River, relax in an ecolodge surrounded by nature. Excursions are centered around the incredible flora and fauna of the rainforest, spotting various jungle species, like the macaw, caiman and even jaguars.
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Planning a vacation to Machu Picchu requires an understanding of the various train options as well as booking tickets for shuttle buses and entrance tickets to Machu Picchu for different times of day – we take care of all these details. Our Machu Picchu vacations include all this, but more too! Our custom-designed tours are completely customizable and include hotels, private excursions, transportation, and local guides. We can include everything that you need, whether you’re in search of a comfortable or luxurious trip to Machu Picchu.
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|South America Deluxe Tour||from $5247||26 Days||This deluxe tour is perfect for honeymooners or those who want to see the highlights of South America in style. On this deluxe tour, you will visit...|
|The Essence of Peru||from $3179||15 Days||Historic Lima, the Ballestas Isles (the 'Galapagos of Peru'), Nazca Lines, the white city of Arequipa, Lake Titicaca, mystic Cuzco, the Sacred Valley...|
|Galapagos Cruise and Machu Picchu||from $4791||12 Days||The Galapagos Islands and Machu Picchu are two of the must-see highlights in South America. Lucky for you, Galapagos and Machu Picchu tours are just...|
|Machu Picchu & the Amazon Jungle Tour||from $1595||8 Days||Discover two of Peru's best wonders on this Machu Picchu and Amazon jungle tour. First, visit Lima, the burgeoning capital of Peru, and then follow...|
|The Incas, Uros, Gauchos & Cariocas Tour||from $3328||18 Days||Embark on an 18-day journey through the Land of the Incas, where the remnants of their great civilization continue to capture the imagination. From...|
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Thinking about a Machu Picchu trip? Here’s a list of frequently asked questions we often hear from our guests. Visit our Machu Picchu Vacation Planning page for in-depth Machu Picchu travel tips.
When is the best time to visit Machu Picchu?
Wondering when the best time to visit Machu Picchu is? It is accessible year-round. The Inca Trail is closed in February for maintenance, but the ruins themselves are still open and can be reached by train. Machu Picchu has two distinct seasons: the wet season from November to March and the dry season from April to November. During the dry season, the skies are clear and temperatures are cooler, particularly at night. This is also considered the busy season, with an influx of visitors from June to August. The wet season is during the summer in Peru. In addition to increased rain, travelers can expect higher temperatures and fewer tourists crowds at the famed site and Cusco.
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