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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
  • Water
  • 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.

 

Discover more

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.

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    A former JLA tour leader, Carrie brings a wealth of on-the-ground experience to our London-based Escorted Groups team.

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    Anglo-Peruvian Chris grew up in Lima and spent much of his adult life in between London and Cusco as a tour leader, before settling permanently in our Sales team.

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    Ben fell in love with Latin America on a six month backpacking trip from Colombia to Mexico in 1995. Since then he has explored most of South America, including living in Peru for a year. He is now Manager of the Tailor-made Department.

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    Having spent part of her childhood in Colombia and worked in Brazil and Costa Rica, Hannah's ties to Latin America run deep. Hannah is an invaluable part of our Group Tours team.

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    Born in the Atacama Desert in northern Chile, Mary’s insider knowledge and dry sense of humour make her a highly valued member of the Tailor-made team.

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