Machu Picchu historical legacy of the Incas 1 Day

Duration

2D – 1N

Max People

40

Min Age

3+

Pickup

Bus - Train

Easy

Culture

Adventure

Immersion

Travel to Machu Picchu: the historical legacy of the Incas in the heart of the Peruvian Andes.

The historic sanctuary of the Incas stands out for its grandeur in this equally impressive and magical landscape hidden in the heart of the Machu Picchu park, not to mention the exceptional biodiversity of flora and fauna of the site. Do not miss it under any circumstances! The natural topography has been transformed into terraces for decorative and urban purposes that completely blends in with its surroundings. Added to this are at least two dozen rocks that, like models, represent the surrounding topography of Machu Picchu citadel.

Tour highlights!

  • Experience the awe-inspiring wonder of Machu Picchu, an iconic archaeological site where every stone whispers the secrets of the ancient Inca civilization.
  • Delve into its ingenious architecture and marvel at its harmony with the surrounding natural landscape as our expert guide unveils its mysteries.

In order to give you enough time to enjoy this breathtaking landscape, we will pick you up at your hotel early in the morning by private transport, to go to Ollantaytambo, in the Sacred Valley of the Incas. There we will take the train to Aguas Calientes, a village at the foot of Machu Picchu. During the journey you´re able to enjoy the breathtaking views of the Peruvian landscape. Arriving at Aguas Calientes town, we will immediately take the bus to join the Inca archaeological site of Machu Picchu.
Upon your arrival, we will offer you a first class guided tour to learn more about daily life of the Incas culture and Machu Picchu, the historical legacy of the Incas. Discover the architectural jewel of ancestral Peru, the dwellings of the guardians, the Temple of the Sun and the Royal Tomb, the Royal Palace, the Priest’s House, the Temple of the Three Windows, the Intihuatana, the Sacred Rock and much more. Then, after a guided tour you will have time for taking some pictures before you go on the bus to Aguas Calientes town. Lunch at an exclusive restaurant of your choice.
Right away, the train will bring you back to Ollantaytambo/Poroy, where our transfer will be waiting for you to return to Cusco.

  • Transportation time: 6h approx.
  • Visiting time: 2h-3h.
  • Difficulty level: easy
  • Meals: L = lunch, D = on your own
  • Overnight: on your own
  • Climate: warm with mosquitoes.
  • Elevation: Cusco (3,400m) – Ollantaytambo (2,800m) – Aguas Calientes (2,050m) – Machu Picchu (2,400m).

Under tent

Hiking (6 hours)

100m

700ml

  1. Train services included
  • If you are looking for an adventure on your way to Machu Picchu at an unbeatable price, the Peru Rail Expedition train has just what you need, with all the on-board services you could wish for.
  • (*) The carriages of the Peru Rail Expedition train are infused with the designs of the Inca culture, making them the perfect way to begin your journey to the citadel of Machu Picchu. Peru Rail Expedition gives you the opportunity to enjoy the incredible scenery and take amazing panoramic photographs of a journey like no other. 
  1. Recommendations
  • The trip previously described may vary due to weather conditions, landslides, participants walking pace or other factors. Our professional guide will make the right and best decisions along the way for the benefit and safety of the group. 
  1.  Optional services to be hired
  • To make the most of Machu Picchu, we suggest having the buffet lunch at the Tinkuy Sanctuary Lodge restaurant, located right next to the archaeological site. We also recommend the buffet lunch option at El Mapi hotel Machu Picchu by Inkaterra in Aguas Calientes.
  • Optional train services: It is possible to travel in a superior luxury category on the Vistadome or Hiram Bingham trains; contact us for more information.
  • On Demand – Vistadome Train: The “Vistadome” train offers you breathtaking views during your journey to Cusco, offers fashion shows, dinners, a refined service and premium travel conditions. In addition, the carriage is built with large windows that offer unparalleled panoramic views and the possibility to take beautiful photographs. The Vistadome also has air-conditioning and heating, and ergonomic leather seats that are very comfortable after so many hours of walking. The Vistadome offers you a first class service, which will allow you to immerse yourself in the Andean culture, through the landscapes, the music, the dance and even the food carefully prepared with local ingredients.
  • On Demand – Hiram Bingham Train: The Hiram Bingham Train category is optional and it is a luxury service of the Orient Express, operated by the company “Peru Rail”. You will experience an exceptional journey. The Hiram Bingham carriages are distinguished by their blue and gold colour, their warm and cosy interior and their elegant upholstery. The service includes 4 carriages, 2 restaurant carriages, as well as a panoramic view carriage with bar. Brunch and dinner on board are also included.

For the optional services, contact our staff to check availability.

What we recommend that you bring 

  • An ergonomic day backpack for hiking with waterproof cover (30 or 40 liters).
  • Clothing for cold and hot weather.
  • Waterproof jacket, light pants, rain poncho, hat or cap.
  • Waterproof running shoes.
  • T-shirts with short and long sleeves.
  • Sun block.
  • Anti-mosquito spray – minimum recommended 20% DEET (non-toxic – we suggest nature-friendly repellents). No malaria risk has been reported.
  • Anti-itch cream.
  • Disinfectant hand gel.
  • Toilet paper.
  • Bottles of water and sterilization tablets
  • Toilet paper.
  • Camera (wrapped in a plastic pouch).
  • Snacks, like chocolate bars and dried fruits.
  • Original passport.
  • Original ISIC Student Card (in case you have applied for a student discount).
  • Extra money in soles.
  • Optional: walking sticks or poles with rubber covers required in order not to damage the Inca Trail.
  1.  During high season (May to September), it is difficult to ensure the exact date of entry, due to the restrictions set by the Ministry of Culture to limit the number of entries to the Inca Trail and Machu Picchu; therefore, the date of entry to the Inca Trail could vary for one or two days; then we will adapt the program so you can make the most of it.
  2. Entrance tickets to Huayna Picchu or Machu Picchu mountain: To hike up Huayna Picchu or Machu Picchu mountain, it is required to book well in advance, because the entrance tickets are limited to a certain number of people daily. Therefore, we’ll take care of the reservation and confirm your entrance with an additional charge of 75 USD for adults and 55 USD for students.
  • Note: If you wish to visit any of the extra mountains, please inform us in due time before purchasing the entrance tickets to the Inca Trail / Machu Picchu citadel.
  1. Student card: To qualify for the 20 USD student discount, you must have a valid ISIC student card when you book, ¡not just when you arrive in Cusco! It must be valid for the current year. When booking, we need a picture of the card sent to the contact email. The Ministry of Culture is strict when verifying student cards. If you do not have a valid ISIC student card, you will be charged the regular price.
  2. Tips: for porters, cooks and guides tips are always welcome. Porters are also very grateful for a small donation, such as school clothes or supplies for their children.
  3. Cancellation policy: For any cancellation; the costs already incurred by the travel agency will be at your expense. For more details on the cost of cancellations by certain participants, please refer to articles 6, 6.4 and our cancellation policies in the sales terms and conditions.

For more information, you may wish to check or consult our FAQ, Safe and Healthy Travel, and Flexible Booking with Explorandino.

  • In December 2021, Explorandino obtained the TourCert certification for its “Sustainable Management System for Tour Operators” guided by the criteria and guidelines of the Global Sustainable Tourism Council (GSTC).   
  • Our approach highlights the richness of culture and natural beauty. Each tourist experience is a chance to preserve and showcase cultural heritage while promoting practices that regenerate the natural environment. 
  • We collaborate closely with diverse stakeholders to develop a model that benefits all. From respecting local communities to conserving biodiversity, each action represents a stride toward more responsible tourism.

Why Book Early?

Spots for the best Machu Picchu experiences fill up fast! Securing your visit to the essential circuits of the citadel, perfect for capturing stunning photos and videos.

Machu Picchu is a UNESCO World Heritage Site (1983) and one of the New Seven Wonders of the World (2007). To protect its rich history and cultural significance, the Peruvian government enforces strict visitor limits. Plan your visit early to ensure you experience this breathtaking marvel while preserving its legacy for future generations. Don’t miss out—book now to guarantee your adventure.

Updated Machu Picchu Circuits for Better Visitor Management

The Ministry of Culture of Peru has revised the circuits in the Inca city of Machu Picchu to enhance visitor capacity management. Effective from June 1st to October 15th, and on December 30th and 31st, 2024, three new circuits comprising 10 different routes will be in place to explore Machu Picchu. These new routes aim to streamline visits and offer a better experience while preserving the integrity of this ancient site.

 Visitor Capacity and Booking Details

 Machu Picchu Citadel:

  • Daily Capacity: Ministerial Resolution N° 000528-2023-MC allows up to 4,500 visitors per day, with a potential increase to 5,600 during high season(May to September). To secure your spot, especially during peak season, book at least 3 months in advance.
  • Low Season (October to April): Although there may be more availability, it’s always wise to book ahead to ensure your preferred date and time.

Tourist Circuits:

Machu Picchu offers several circuits to manage the visitor flow and enhance your experience:

  • Circuit 1 (Panoramic)

This circuit offers the iconic postcard photo from the Guardian’s House viewpoint, with panoramic views of the main Inca structures. It is divided into 4 optional routes:

  • Route 1-A: Machu Picchu Mountain – Visit the Lower and Upper Platforms for views of the Vilcanota River, Waynapicchu Mountain, and the urban zone, then continue towards Machu Picchu Mountain.
  • Route 1-B: Upper Terrace – Explore the Lower and Upper Platforms with views of the Vilcanota River, Waynapicchu Mountain, and the urban area.
  • Route 1-C: Intipunku Gate (available only in high season) – Start at the Lower and Upper Platforms for scenic views, then proceed to the Intipunku Gate.
  • Route 1-D: Inca Bridge (available only in high season) – Begin with the Lower and Upper Platforms, followed by a path to the Inca Bridge, offering picturesque views of the Cusco rainforest.
  • Circuit 2 (Classic Machu Picchu)

Explore the classic route through the entire Machu Picchu citadel, perfect for capturing the iconic photo of the city. This circuit is divided into 2 sub-routes:

  • Route 2-A: Designed Route – Includes the Temple of the Sun viewpoint, Plaza of the Temples, Sacred Rock, and the water mirrors complex.
  • Route 2-B: Lower Terrace Route – Covers the Lower Platform, Granite Chaos, Plaza of the Temples, Sacred Rock, and the water mirrors complex.
  • Circuit 3 (Royal Machu Picchu)

Discover the lower sections of the archaeological site with this circuit, offering four optional routes to explore prominent features like the summit of Huayna Picchu, the Great Cavern, or Huchuy Picchu: 

  • Route 3-A: Huayna Picchu Route – Begin with the Agricultural Sector, Temple of the Sun, Inca’s House, ceremonial fountains, and the Three Doorways sector. Continue to Huayna Picchu Mountain (2.4 km round trip). On the return, visit the Temple of the Condor and the water mirrors complex.
  • Route 3-B: Designed Royalty Route – Explore the Agricultural Sector, Temple of the Sun, Inca’s House, ceremonial fountains, Three Doorways sector, the water mirrors complex, and the Temple of the Condor.
  • Route 3-C: Great Cavern Route (High Season Only) – Visit the Agricultural Sector, Temple of the Sun, Inca’s House, ceremonial fountains, and the Three Doorways sector. Proceed to the Great Cavern (3 km round trip). On the return, explore the Temple of the Condor and the water mirrors complex.
  • Route 3-D: Huchuy Picchu Route (High Season Only) – Start with the Agricultural Sector, Temple of the Sun, Inca’s House, ceremonial fountains, and the Three Doorways sector. Continue to Huchuy Picchu Mountain (2.4 km round trip), and on the way back, visit the water mirrors complex and the Temple of the Condor.

For Better Orientation, Explore Our Circuit Maps: To enhance your visit, we provide detailed maps of the various circuits at Machu Picchu. These maps will help you navigate the site and make the most of your experience. Discover the various Machu Picchu circuits and pick the adventure that suits you best. Explore your options here. 

Huayna Picchu and Machu Picchu Mountain:

  • Additional Hiking Options: For those seeking an extra adventure, climbing Huayna Picchu or Machu Picchu Mountain offers stunning panoramic views.
  • Limited Tickets: To preserve these trails, daily entrance is limited. Advance booking is essential.
  • Huayna Picchu Mountain: Limited to 200 people per day.
  • Machu Picchu Mountain: Limited to 400 people per day.
  • Cost: We can handle your reservation with an additional charge of $30 USD per person.

 Booking Tips:

  • Machu Picchu Entrance: The most sought-after entry options for Machu Picchu (Circuits 1 & 2) are in high demand and tend to sell out quickly. To secure your visit, especially during peak season (May to September), we recommend booking at least 3 months in advance.
  • Huayna Picchu or Machu Picchu Mountain entrance: Admission options to Huayna Picchu or Machu Picchu Mountain are in high demand and tend to sell out quickly. To ensure your visit, especially during the high season (May to September), we recommend booking at least 3 months in advance. 

Why Choose Explorandino?

At Explorandino, we simplify your booking process, providing a seamless experience from start to finish. Whether it’s securing your entry to Machu Picchu, arranging the best circuit routes, or booking additional hikes to Huayna Picchu or Machu Picchu Mountain, we take care of everything.

Ready to Explore? Visit here to book your adventure.

Act Now! Don’t miss out on experiencing the magic of Machu Picchu. Book early to ensure a memorable and hassle-free journey with Explorandino!

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