Machu Picchu Mountain

This hike will take you to the top of the Machu Picchu Mountain, and will give you a sweeping perspective of the mountain range that the Inca held sacred. At its highest peak, Machu Picchu Mountain rises a staggering 10,000 feet (3,050 m) above sea level. As you hike up the mountain, you will see the Machu Picchu ruins sprawled below, nestled among the mountains of the Sacred Valley.

Machu Picchu Mountain

Aguas Calientes

Inca builders originally laid down the stones that make up this trail. Recently, experts from the National Archeological Park of Machu Picchu helped restore the path to its original glory. It is made up of around 1,600 steps. Making your way up these stone steps will bring you to jaw-dropping views of the snow-capped peaks of Apu Salkantay, Tucarhuay, Huacay Huillca, and Pumasillo. In the distance, you’ll see the highly recognizable peak of Huayna Picchu, which features prominently in the background of the Machu Picchu ruins.

Hikers who make this trek should be in good physical condition – this path is steep, and the air at this high elevation is quite thin. This hike is not recommended for people with a fear of heights. You can begin the trail anytime between 7 a.m. and 11 a.m., but all hikers must be off of the trail by 3 p.m. Most hikers complete the tour in 3 hours, but it can take longer depending on your physical condition. No one over the age of 60 or younger than

This hike departs from Aguas Calientes. It is recommended for visitors who are staying near Machu Picchu for more than one night.

What to Bring:

Hiking shoes, comfortable clothes, waterproof jacket, and a water bottle.

What's Included:

Bus ride to and from Machu Picchu citadel from Aguas Calientes, admission to both Machu Picchu ruins and Machu Picchu Mountain, and an English-speaking guide.

Transportation

Many of our tours and activities offer transportation pick up & drop off options from several locations and destinations. Options vary by tour, see “More Time and Rates” for full details.

What to Bring:

Hiking shoes, comfortable clothes, waterproof jacket, and a water bottle.

What's Included:

Bus ride to and from Machu Picchu citadel from Aguas Calientes, admission to both Machu Picchu ruins and Machu Picchu Mountain, and an English-speaking guide.

Transportation

Many of our tours and activities offer transportation pick up & drop off options from several locations and destinations. Options vary by tour, see “More Time and Rates” for full details.

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