Leave the pressures of modern day life behind and embark on the trip of a lifetime to Peru’s iconic Machu Picchu.
Our virtual tour aims to give you first-hand experience of what it’s like to explore one of Latin America’s most breathtaking locations, showcasing some of the incredible structures throughout the ancient citadel.
It’s easy to use on your computer, mobile or a VR headset, you just need to follow the menu before dragging and clicking your way through some of our favourite locations.
Our Papagaio blog is bursting with information from when the best time to visit Peru is, the new rules for visiting the site, to Machu Picchu through the eyes of explorer Hiram Bingham as well as some travel photography tips.
Once you’ve ‘virtually’ explored this ancient marvel, why not experience it for yourself. Contact our specialists who are ready to answer any questions you may have.
What you need to know before visiting Machu Picchu.
There are many ways to get to Machu Picchu. Whether you’re feeling adventurous and want to hike the Classic Inca Trail; are short of time and want to walk the one-day mini Inca trail; or would rather take a scenic train journey to Machu Picchu village and get the bus to the main gates, Macchu Picchu is accessible to everyone.
If you’re keen to go on the Inca Trail, the best time to visit is between April and October, with the wet season falling between December and March. Although wetter than April to October, this time of year is often quieter and despite being during the wet season, if you’re lucky you can still experience lovely weather.
If you’re keen to relax before you explore Machu Picchu, our train ride up to the top is a worth considering. It will allow you to visit at a more relaxed pace compared to the Inca Trail, which is slightly more challenging.
Although a trip to Machu Picchu is suitable for people of all ages and fitness levels, it’s advisable to consult your doctor beforehand, particularly if you suffer from altitude-related sickness. This is just to make sure you can come fully prepared and enjoy Machu Picchu in all its glory.
Finally, there is no need to be concerned about the facilities, as there are toilets at multiple points throughout the trails and citadel.
What to pack for Machu Picchu
- Passport (along with additional photocopies of it)
- A small backpack
- A digital camera
- Insect repellent
- Sun cream, sunglasses as well as a hat and rain protection
- Walking shoes
- Walking sticks (if you want to hike the Inca Trail or need them to climb any of the mountain ranges around) – walking sticks need to be protected with rubber tips
What to expect when you arrive
There are two entry time slots per day (6am – 12pm and 12pm – 5.30pm), so depending on how you arrived, will depend on what time slot you have. If you have chosen to walk the Inca Trail, you will arrive to spectacular views of Machu Picchu early morning.
If you’re staying nearby, you can catch the train from Ollantaytambo and then get the bus from Machu Picchu village. It is advised that if you’re staying nearby you can visit in the morning, but if you’re catching the train, it is best to book an afternoon guided slot. By booking with Journey Latin America you can have peace of mind that your transport, hotel accommodation and excursion to Machu Picchu will be carefully knitted together so that you can make the most of your time in Peru.
Upon arrival, you’ll see the Guardhouse, a simple building of great importance which offers an impressive panoramic view of the archaeological marvel. Move on to the Sacred Plaza, which is home to some of Machu Picchu’s most important buildings at Machu Picchu, the Main Temple and the Temple of Three Windows.
For a spiritualist insight into Machu Picchu’s history, make sure you visit the Royal Tomb, thought to be the resting place for high nobility. It features incredible carvings and burial structures, unlike anything you’ve ever seen.
For the best view of Machu Picchu, we recommend the climb to the top of Machu Picchu Mountain. A three hour walk, which you can do independently (1 hour 30 minutes going up, 30 minutes at the top and 1 hour going back down); it is an easy route, but make sure you take your time to adjust to any differences in altitude and to take in the view!
Rules and etiquette for the tour
Due to the high altitude of the trail, it’s best to avoid drinking too much alcohol before and during the trip, take you time when exploring this magnificent site and be respectful of your surroundings.
If you’d like to explore more of the region, why not see what else Peru has to offer? We have escorted group tours and tailor-made itineraries that take in all Peru has to offer. Our Peru specialists are on hand to help plan your next holiday with Journey Latin America.