Discovered by Hiram Bingham in 1911, this World Heritage Site, located on a limestone ridge some 600m above the Urubamba River, may well be the finest architectural achievement of the new world. No journey to Peru can be complete without seeing the ‘Lost City of the Incas’.
When to go to Machu Picchu
Machu Picchu is open all year round, apart from February. The temperature is fairly consistent all year, but most people tend to go in the dry season, which is April through October. For more information about when to travel in Peru, When to visit Peru.
Reasons to visit Machu Picchu
- The iconic ‘Lost City of the Incas’, one of the ‘must-see’ places in the world.
- Explore the agricultural terracing and aqueducts, the urban buildings and baths and the religious area, the Sacred Plaza, with its temples that include the Temple of the Condor, where a vast rock was sculpted to resemble the wings of a condor in flight.
- Follow in the footsteps of the Incas as you take one of the many walking trails, including the one from the Sacred Stone up to the peak of Huayna Picchu, or walk to the Inca Bridge or the Sun Gate.
- Enjoy the amazing view from the Funerary Rock Hut, where Inca nobility were mummified, and it is now the evening home to llamas and alpacas.
- Visit the Royal Tomb and the Intiwatana; the ‘hitching post of the sun’.
- Examine the remarkable workmanship of the precisely-sculpted granite blocks; no mortar was used.
- Look out for the over 400 species of birds, many unique to this region.
Machu Picchu holidays
Below you will find some Machu Picchu itineraries that we’ve put together as recommended suggestions. You might find one of these is perfect for your needs as we’ve put a lot of thought into including some wonderful experiences in each of these trips, and we really love what they offer. However, if none of these quite fit the bill for you, do call us and let us know what you’d like. We ready to help you plan your perfect Machu Picchu holiday.
Prices from £2,215 pp for 11 days
In a nutshell, the best sights of the Inca Heartland, Lake Titicaca and Lima; the ideal introduction to Peruvian history and culture.
Cusco & Machu Picchu
Prices from £1,595 pp for 7 days
A concise, detailed tour of the Inca Heartland: Cusco, Machu Picchu and the Sacred Valley, with a bit of time in Lima, too.
Prices from £6,135 pp for 13 days
Travel in style to some of Peru’s most famous destinations. Luxury train rides feature on this trip, as well as Machu Picchu, Lake Titicaca & Colca Canyon.
Luxury Lodge-to-Lodge trek to Machu Picchu
Prices from £4,655 pp for 15 days
An exploration of Inca culture with a trek from lodge to lodge ending at the ‘lost city’ of Machu Picchu.
Lares Cultural Trek to Machu Picchu
Prices from £2,780 pp for 10 days
A lodge-to-lodge trekking adventure in the mountains outside Cusco that leads up to the Inca sanctuary of Machu Picchu.
Inti Raymi and Machu Picchu
Prices from £2,055 pp for 8 days
A private tour of the Peru’s Heartland – Cusco, Machu Picchu and the Sacred Valley – which includes the Inti Raymi, the famous Inca Sun Festival.
Machu Picchu and Galapagos
Prices from £5,010 pp for 15 days
Two of South America’s most iconic destinations in one trip: the Inca citadel of Machu Picchu and the Galápagos Islands, unparalleled for wildlife.
Cusco and the Inca Trail
Prices from £2,310 pp for 11 days
The classic, getting-to-know-the-Incas holiday: hike the Inca Trail to Machu Picchu, visit archaeological sites in the Sacred Valley and spend time in Cusco.