Discover One of the New Seven Wonders of the World
There’s a reason that Machu Picchu is high on every round up of bucket list destinations. Visiting the Lost City is like stepping into another world. The awe-inspiring UNESCO World Heritage Site is perched on a mountain ridge some 2,400m above sea level and commands jaw-dropping views over the surrounding landscapes.
The city itself is a testament to the skill and ambition of Incan civilisation with its incredibly well preserved structures telling the tale of lives lived in centuries gone by. Machu Picchu is one of the most archeologically important sites in Peru and perhaps the world.
Machu Picchu is situated to the north west of Cusco and can be reached in a number of different ways. Visitor numbers are limited to help ensure the preservation of the citadel, so with smart planning you’ll have an incredible, uncrowded experience.
For true luxury, travel by train from Cusco or the Sacred Valley on services like the Vistadome and the Hiram Bingham. If you’re after a more active approach then hiking the Inca Trail will take you on an adventure through some of the most beautiful landscapes in the country before finally arriving at your destination.
As well as an in-depth private tour, we recommend that you take some time to explore the ruins by yourself – you could even climb Huayna Picchu for an alternative view. Your Jacada travel designer will help you decide on the best option for your trip and make sure that you have the Machu Picchu experience you’ve been dreaming of.
There is nothing quite like the feeling when you catch your first glimpse of Machu Picchu. The mountain setting alone is enough to take your breath away. And with the right guide the lost city seems to come to life before your eyes.
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When to Visit Machu Picchu
You can visit Machu Picchu all year round. However, the driest months are May to October: something to keep in mind if you're planning on trekking to the city.
Where to Stay at Machu Picchu
Sanctuary Lodge$$$$$The Sanctuary Lodge is certainly one of the best located hotels in the world, being the only accommodation located inside of Machu Picchu. There are stunning views from many of the rooms and the hotel is within walking distance of the Incan ruins. The gorgeous garden is a wonderful place to have breakfast or a cocktail in the evening while relishing in the peace of the surroundings. Given the location, space is at an economy so the standard rooms are not overly spacious. However, this is a small price to pay for such a stunning location. All meals are included in the cost.
Inkaterra Machu Picchu$$$$$Inkaterra Machu Picchu is only steps away from the train ride to the breathtaking views of the Incan citadel. The hotel consists of several whitewashed cottages in an Andean village located in the heart of Agua Calientes, part of the historical Machu Picchu attraction. Tea time and evening nature shows are offered each day, and the hotel has a spa and yoga facility. The spacious rooms all have a fireplace and thick, handmade alpaca wool blankets cover each bed making it a perfect place for simple relaxing before and after your Machu Picchu excursion. Inkaterra is a leader in ecotourism and sustainable development in Peru. They have a commitment to research, and sharing knowledge about biodiversity and culture with the world through authentic travel experiences. Because of this, they have been granted the First International Certificate in Sustainable Tourism given by Control Union Green Choice and the Sustainable Tourism Standard Conservation Award. They are also Rainforest Alliance verified and there is no single-use plastic at the property.
Sumaq$$$$$An excellent option in the Machu Picchu area, the Sumaq is located outside of the town of Aguas Calientes on a stretch of the Urubamba river. 60 rooms and suites are decorated to a clean modern finish with flourishes and details inspired by the Inca citadel, with views of the river and mountains. One of the real highlights here is the restaurant, by our reckoning one of the best in the Machu Picchu area. Aside from visiting the famous citadel above, you can partake in Peruvian cooking classes, witness traditional ceremonies and shamanic rituals, and head out on hikes through the lush valley in search of unique species of flora and fauna.