Machu Picchu

Discover the amazing Inca ruins

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The lost Inca 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 inspiring 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, chose from hiking the 26 mile Inca Trail through dense forests, over mountain tops and past ruined fortresses to see the terraced ruins of the ancient Inca 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 - then a short bus ride takes you the final 400m 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. There are restrictions on the number of people allowed in the morning and afternoon which is designed to restrict the number of visitors at a single time to help preserve and main the ruins in their current condition.