5 Essential Tips for embarking on a Machu Picchu tour

Our Machu Picchu tours offer an immersive journey into the heart of Inca history. Here are a few guidelines to consider before you go.
December 2023

Embarking on a Machu Picchu tour is a journey into the heart of ancient Inca civilisation, where every step unveils a tapestry of awe-inspiring highlights. Marvel at precise stone structures, hike to the Sun Gate for panoramic views, and explore the mystical Temple of the Sun. Admire agricultural terraces, visit the Sacred Plaza, and encounter llamas roaming freely. Named as one of the Seven Wonders of the Modern World, Machu Picchu remains shrouded in mystery. Not only is the destination visually breathtaking, but the 3000-acre complex holds endless secrets to the power and ingenuity of the Inca.

Machu Picchu is a rite of passage for every seasoned traveller. But there’s are a few guidelines to consider before you go…

1. Acclimate properly

At an altitude of 2,430 metres, this one is very important. Symptoms of altitude sensitivity include headache, dizziness, fatigue, and shortness of breath. Gradual acclimatisation by spending a few days in the city of Cusco or other high-altitude areas helps the body adjust to decreased oxygen levels.

2. To hike or not to hike?

From April through December, you can opt to trek the Inca Trail to Machu Picchu over four days. The shorter option is a day hike of the last portion ending at the Sun Gate. You’ll be blown away by the Peruvian countryside and the snow-capped Andean views.

3. Decide on your site route ahead of time

There are four different ticket options available to the ruins, each with varying one-way circuit routes. We recommend studying a circuit map and highlighting the areas and structures that interest you the most. Every route is unique, and some require extra levels of fitness.

4. Take your Passport & don’t lose your ticket

You will need your passport to get into Machu Picchu. Hang onto your ticket because you'll need it to get back in after buying food or using the restroom — which are both outside the site. Don’t forget to get an honourable Machu Picchu stamp in your passport.

5. Choose the right accommodation

We like our guests to stay at the exclusive Sanctuary Lodge, A Belmond Hotel, Machu Picchu. This is the only hotel within the protected sanctuary of Machu Pichu making it entirely unique. The hotel is the ideal base from which to explore the archaeological wonders, spot rare species of birds and flowers, and enjoy spectacular scenery from the lodge's garden.

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The related journeys Machu Picchu tours below include expert guiding and seamless attention to detail. We do the groundwork to make sure you don’t have to think about the above logistics. Exploring Peru, the Sacred Valley and Machu Pichu, our Tailor-Made Journeys can be adapted to fit your needs, while our Luxury Small Group Journeys run with an average of just 13. Browse the below journeys to find your inspiration.

Contact one of our expert Journey Designers or talk to your travel advisor to learn more and start planning.



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