There are many ways to visit the famous ruins at the Machu Picchu Sanctuary in Peru. Trekkers can hike and camp along the full 25-mile Inca Trail that leads into the Sanctuary. Those who enjoy hiking, but don’t want to camp, can do just the final stretch of the Inca Trail as a one day hike. And non-hikers can visit the Machu Picchu Sanctuary by train and shuttle bus. Machu Picchu is the name of the Incan archaeological complex that sits on a hill above the Urubamba river and the small town of Machu Picchu Pueblo (previously called Aguas Calientes). The town lies at an altitude of 6700 feet above sea level, and the Machu Picchu ruins are perched at 7972 feet. The ruins are nestled between two peaks, Huayna Picchu Mountain and Machu Picchu Mountain, and both peaks can be climbed by visitors if you have the required hiking permits in advance. In this blog post, we’ll share some tips on how to choose between these two spectacular Machu Picchu hikes, if you’d like to include one during your Machu Picchu Tour.
I have always said that guides can make or break your trip. This is even more true when it’s an experiential adventure in Peru! Group tours can be a great fit for some, but especially in a country like Peru with its long and complex history and intricate culture, traveling with a private specialty guide is definitely the way to go when there are more than 5000 archeological sites to potentially explore during your Peru Tour!