Mature man with backpack standing on mountain against sky during wonderful sunrise
All Of Your Questions About Traveling To Machu Picchu Answered
The scenic train ride from Cusco to Aguas Calientes is not just transportation, but part of the experience as Machu Picchu is not accessible by car. Winding through the Andes Mountains and Sacred Valley takes about 3.5 to 4.5 hours, but then Machu Picchu is just a short shuttle bus ride away.
How Do I Get To Machu Picchu?
Inca Trail is a centuries-old, 26-mile challenging trek through mountains and jungle that takes four days with a guide. With thousands of steps, some steep ascents, and elevation gain where oxygen is low, this may be a doable trek but it needs proper planning several months in advance.
Can I Trek To Machu Picchu?
The best time to visit Machu Picchu depends on whether you prefer good weather or fewer crowds as it has high and low seasons which coincide with the dry and wet seasons. The difference in temperatures and climates will definitely affect anyone trekking in and note that the Inca trail is closed for maintenance in February.
When Is The Best Time To Visit?
The citadel has plazas, fountains, archaeological complexes, temples, monuments, residences, and stunning vistas. The three-sided Principle Temple held ceremonies to honor the Sun God and the mountains, and the Temple of the Sun was built as a place of worship and an observatory to monitor the solstices and seasonal changes.
What Can Be Seen?
It may be a strenuous climb to the top of Machu Picchu mountain, but there is a more moderate hike up the diamond-shaped peak of Huayna Picchu behind the ancient citadel. Another way to Machu Picchu is a five-day trek ascending the Salkantay Pass which goes through some of the most picturesque landscapes in the Sacred Valley.
Can I Hike At Machu Picchu?