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.
- 4 hrs
- Available Days:
- Every day
- 6:15 AM, 9:00 AM
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- Mobile Ticket Included
- Offered in English, Spanish
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.
Machu Picchu is the bucket-list tourist attraction and the highlight of many peoples’ trip to Peru; the vastness, location and detail of the ruins make it unmissable. Without a doubt this is the crown jewel of Peruvian ruins.
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What to Bring
Hiking shoes, comfortable clothes, waterproof jacket, and a water bottle.
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.
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Similar things to do
This 2-hour hiking tour is a breathtaking complement to a visit to the Machu Picchu ruins. You will leave for Huayna Picchu mountain from Aguas Calientes, the small town that is nearest Machu Picchu. Huayna Picchu’s peak towers over Machu Picchu – at the summit of Huayna Picchu, hikers will be 1,180 feet higher than ruins of Machu Picchu, at 8,920 feet above sea level.
Some say that the path to adventure is uncertain and unknown. When hiking to Peru’s Mandor Waterfall, the path to adventure takes you through the village of Aguas Calientes, past the bridges of Machu Picchu, up a ladder, past train tracks, through a garden, and jungle. After all of this, you still have a waterfall to look forward to — talk about taking the scenic route.