Machu Picchu

Discover the amazing Incan ruins of Machu Picchu

The lost Incan city of Machu Picchu is one of the world’s best-known archaeological sites and the highlight of any visit to Peru or South America.

This spectacular ancient city was all but forgotten until the early 20th century when it was discovered by accident by Hiram Bingham. Now, between late May and early September, around 2,500 people arrive daily to marvel at the spectacular views and stunning ruins. Despite its popularity, Machu Picchu still maintains an air of mystery and grandeur, making it an absolute must when visiting Peru. It's sure to leave an impression on you.

With two ways to access Machu Picchu, choose from hiking the 26 mile Inca Trail through dense forests, over mountain tops and past former fortresses to see the terraced ruins of the ancient Incan Empire. For those who prefer a more comfortable journey, take the train through the Sacred Valley. Depart from Poroy or Ollantaytambo and arrive in to Agues Calientes – a beautiful train ride through the Sacred Valley – before a short bus ride takes you the final 400 metres up to the ruins which are at a height of 2,360 metres above sea level.

Essential Information

  • Hours: 
    06:00 - 18:00
  • Open:  Daily
  • Useful Information:  Under new permit rules, visitors are allowed to visit either in the morning or the afternoon for a maximum of three hours. There are restrictions on the number of people allowed entry at one which is intended to help preserve and maintain the ruins in their current condition.