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Wonders of the World

Machu Picchu

The highlight of a trip to Peru for many visitors, a Machu Picchu adventure is an experience you won’t forget. Named as one of the seven new wonders of the world, and a UNESCO heritage site, it’s worthy of its place on traveler’s bucket list.

How to Visit Machu Picchu

There are many ways to experience the Inca archaeological site, and Good Life Expeditions offers day trips to Machu Picchu with a private guide, as well as multi-day trekking adventures that culminate at the impressive Inca citadel.

Apart from some local farmers, most of Peru and the rest of the world were clueless about Machu Picchu’s existence, until the site was ‘rediscovered’ by American historian Hiram Bingham in 1911. It’s still shrouded in mystery and intrigue, with many different theories on what purpose it served.

Today you won’t have any trouble finding the site for your Machu Picchu adventure. It’s easily accessible by train to Aguas Calientes, the small town at the base of the archaeological site. We can arrange day trips to Machu Picchu from the Sacred Valley or Cusco, or spend the night in one of our carefully selected Aguas Calientes hotels, to maximize your time at the ruins.

With temples, burial sites and terraces showcasing impressive engineering techniques, there is much to explore within Machu Picchu. Good Life Expeditions can also arrange for you to hike up Huayna Picchu or Machu Picchu mountain – both offering impressive views of the citadel below.

Organizing Your Itinerary

No matter how you choose to visit Machu Picchu, whether its to visit just the citadel or hike one of the famous mountain routes, all options must be booked ahead of time. Spots are limited and often fill up months in advance, so visitors are advised to plan ahead.

Regardless of your hiking preference, all visitors will enter through the main ruins of Machu Picchu, and from there will have access to the treks. Please note: if visitors select a ticket with a trekking option, they may enter the ruins up to an hour before their trek is set to begin.

There are set times for visitors to enter depending on which option you select:

Machu Picchu Citadel: 
  • Visitors can choose to enter on the hour every hour from 6:00am to 2:00pm
Machu Picchu Citadel with Huayna Picchu Trek: 
  • Enter the Citadel at 6:00am and start the trek between 7:00am and 8:00am
  • Enter the Citadel at 7:00am and start the trek between 7:00am and 8:00am
  • Enter the Citadel at 8:00am and start the trek between 10:30am and 11:30am
Machu Picchu Citadel with Machu Picchu Trek:  
  • Enter the Citadel at 6:00am and start the trek between 7:00am and 8:00am
  • Enter the Citadel at 8:00am and start the trek between 9:00am and 10:00am

Local Guides and Adventures at Machu Picchu

For an odyssey of a Machu Picchu adventure, we work with the best local guides to offer incredible multi-day trekking adventures. From the classic Inca Trail to Machu Picchu, and the lesser-known Ausangate and Salkantay routes, there are treks to suit all budgets and levels of hiking experience.

However you decide to visit Machu Picchu, Good Life Expeditions will ensure you have a memorable trip of a lifetime. Get in touch with our experienced travel team to start planning your Machu Picchu adventure.


Hotels

Belmond Sanctuary Lodge

Ultimate hotel bragging rights – this luxury hotel is located right at the gates to Machu Picchu – giving guests the privilege of avoiding the early morning queues for buses…

Inkaterra Machu Picchu Pueblo

One of our favorite Machu Picchu hotels, you won’t believe that this beautiful property is right on the edge of bustling Aguas Calientes, the gateway town to Machu Picchu. Here’s…

Sumaq

One of the finest Machu Picchu hotels, Sumaq offers luxurious accommodation, excellent service and the perfect locations to access the famed ruins of Machu Picchu – top of most travelers’…

El Mapi

Conveniently located in the heart of Aguas Calientes, this popular and stylish hotel offers the perfect base for exploring the wonders of Machu Picchu, with the bus to the archaeological…

Casa Andina Standard Machu Picchu

Located in the heart of the bustling and chaotic Aguas Calientes, the town at the base of Machu Picchu, is this simple and friendly hotel – a great economical choice…

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