Machu Picchu is located in Peru, 130 km from Cuszo, in the Sacred Valley of the Incas. It is one of the most visited destinations in the world by tourists. Listed as a UNESCO World Heritage Site, it is one of the seven wonders of the world and one of the major archaeological sites in Latin America whose beauty has been sung by Pablo Neruda. Built in the 15th century on a rocky promontory in the Andes mountains at an altitude of 2,400 m, this Inca citadel is remarkably well preserved. The terraces of crops on the mountainside provided food for 10,000 people. The city of 172 buildings with remarkable stone assemblages is organized into distinct districts, behind a 400 m long wall. Sacred neighborhoods, religious, noble, rogue. The Sun Temple and other splendid buildings included in the Historic Sanctuary of Machu Picchu are admired

The nearest village, base camp for Machu Picchu, is Aguas Calientes, 400 m below. A bus service links the site and several hiking trails, including the Inca Trail, the most popular, which can only be used with a guide. There are no roads to Aguas Calientes: visitors to Machu Picchu must walk or use the railway line that connects the village from Ollantaytambo or the Santa Teresa hydroelectric power plant. Please note that entrance tickets for the site can be purchased in Cusco or Aguas Calientes, not on site. The site is open from 6am to 5pm. We visit by limited group of people and by 3h period.

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When to go to Machu Picchu?

When to go to Peru? On the heights of the Andes Cordillera, and particularly in Machu Picchu, the very high tourist season extends from mid-June to the end of August: it is then the best time to visit Machu Picchu and other Inca sites (dry and sunny weather) but there are many people and often the queue for example to go by shuttle to the Machu Picchu site. The best period would therefore be from mid-April to mid-June when the entire Sacred Valley is green and there are fewer visitors. In Peru, there are more than 3,000 traditional festivals; although most of them have been Christianized, the fact remains that pre-Columbian influences are still alive. The only celebration that attracts thousands of foreign travellers, and therefore requires you to book your accommodation well in advance, is the Inti Raymi celebration on June 24 in Cusco. Holy Week and the dates around July 28 and 29, national holiday, are often in high demand. Finally, please note that the Inca Trail trek is closed during the month of February, due to heavy rains and for safety reasons

How to go to Machu Picchu? Our advice & tips

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  • Going alone
  • Moving around

Tour operators specialized in this region of South America are numerous and know the destination well. By looking at the existing offer you will most certainly find the formula that suits you best, both in terms of travel time, preferred areas and prices. The packages combining flights, accommodation and visits to the main Peruvian sites (Machu Picchu, Cusco, Titicaca) are generally interesting and above all greatly facilitate the organisation of the stay.

You will arrive from Europe to Lima airport, so you will need to plan a transfer to Cusco, either by bus or by plane to Cusco airport. The average price of a flight to Lima from France in July (high season) is about €1,000. From about 700 € in low season. It should be noted that the price variation depends on the company borrowed but, above all, on the time required to book. To obtain attractive rates, it is essential to do so in advance, ideally six months before departure! Booking your accommodation in advance can also be a good way to save money.

If you have little time, the poor state of the roads and buses will push you to opt for air travel, as fares are very affordable to connect the main points of the country. Otherwise, you will take the bus, the most common, cheapest and convenient means of transport. The country is criss-crossed in all directions by these public transport systems. A beautiful train trip (Lima-Huancayo) can be made (twice a month between April and November) while the boat will be your essential vehicle in the Amazon: ferries connect Yurimaguas and the Triple Border (Peru-Brazil-Colombia) in 3 to 5 days depending on the direction of the current.

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When to travel?

When to go to Peru? On the heights of the Andes Cordillera, and particularly in Machu Picchu, the very high tourist s...
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Weather forecast

The weather in Peru is pleasant all year round. In Cusco, the temperatures are always pleasant. The average temperatu...
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Budget

The currency of Peru is the nuevo sol (plural soles) symbolized S/. Even if life has increased c...
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Formalities

For a trip to Peru and a visit to Machu Picchu, no visa is required. A 90-day tourist visa will be automatically issu...
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Health

To enter Peru and discover Machu Picchu, no specific vaccine is required if you are coming from Europe, North America...
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How to travel by yourself?

You will arrive from Europe to Lima airport, so you will need to plan a transfer to Cusco, either by bus or by plane...
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How to get organized?

Tour operators specialized in this region of South America are numerous and know the destination well. By looking at...
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Getting around

If you have little time, the poor state of the roads and buses will push you to opt for air travel, as fares are very...
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