Embrace the spirit of adventure in Peru while exploring the Incas’ greatest legacy; Machu Picchu. Our top rated Peru and Machu Picchu tours capture the essence of the Inca culture. Adventures include visits to “must see” attractions in Lima, Cusco, once the capital of the Inca Empire, the Sacred Valley’s colorful Pisac market, Amazon Basin, Huayna Picchu and Machu Picchu. Below you will find the most popular Machu Picchu tours and other unique destinations in Peru.
For those with very limited time in Peru, our Express itinerary will deliver an efficient and quick tour to Machu Picchu (from Lima or Cusco). This is the shortest of our adventures.
Similar to our Express tour, this adventure is best for travelers with limited time in Peru. There are three options, of which one includes a hike to Huayna Picchu.
Efficient and encompassing, our 5 days Machu Picchu Quest tour delivers a good number of activities during your time traveling in Peru. Itinerary 5B includes the Sacred Valley and Huayna mountain.
Almost the perfect length among our Machu Picchu tours, the 6 days Experience itineraries will give you great choices to best match your Peru travel plans.
The most popular of our Peru adventurers. For years, our 7 days Fascinating Machu Picchu has been the perfect combination of trip length and value. Tours of Lima, Cusco, Sacred Valley, Machu Picchu and passes to Huayna Picchu.
Building onto our 7 days Fascinating Machu Picchu tour, the Explorer itinerary delivers one extra day in Cusco. Plenty of time to adjust to the altitude and take your time exploring this amazing city.
As part of your Machu Picchu tour you will also get to experience Lima, Cusco the Sacred Valley, Puno Lake Titicaca and the Amazon Basin of Peru. A great insight into the Inca's culture.
The most complete of all our Peru travel experiences. The Expedition itinerary includes all major destinations in Peru: Lima, Arequipa, Colca Canyon, Cusco, Amazon Basin and Machu Picchu.
If time is of the essence, but you still want to hike the classic 4 days trail, our Inca Trail Experience will allow you to enjoy Cusco, the Inca Trail and Machu Picchu.
With itinerary choices, the Inca Trail Explorer path offers an efficient way to do the Inca Trail and visit key major destinations in Peru - all within one week. The itinerary still captures the essence of Peru.
At a small sacrifice of limited time in lima, our Inca Trail Journey itinerary packages all the key stops during your Peru travel. Besides hiking the Inca Trail you will get to climb Huayna Picchu.
The most complete of all our Inca Trail tours. During this adventure you will see all the major Peruvian Incan and colonial site, but also enjoy 3 magical evenings in the middle of the Andes.
Crafted with two options, the Salkantay Explorer itinerary allows you to experience this world know trek in a limited time and still enjoy the best of Peru - Cusco and Machu Picchu.
Rated as one of the top treks in the world by National Geographic, our Salkantay Expedition captures the best the trek coupled Machu Picchu, Huayna Mountain, Cusco, the Sacred Valley and Lima.
This adventure combines the beauty of the Salkantay Trek, one of the top 25 hikes in the world based per National Geographic, with the amazing Amazon Basin area of Peru.
If you want to extend any of our Machu Picchu tours to include the Amazon Basin area of Peru, our 9 days Andes and Amazon tour is the perfect combination of Incas and jungle. Great family adventure.
Machu Picchu Information
For most visitors to Peru, a trip to the historical city of Machu Picchu, a UNESCO World Heritage Site that is located at a height of 8000 ft., is a dream come true. A majority of the travelers visiting Peru believe that their holidays would be incomplete without adding a Machu Picchu tour to their itineraries. Considered to be one of the most recognized symbols of the great Incan empire, the Lost City of the Incas ranks among the most beautiful ruins in the world. Its historic charm, spectacular location and architectural beauty also make Machu Picchu the most important archaeological site in South America.
Machu Picchu was discovered by Hiram Bingham, an American archaeologist, in the year 1911. Its story is quite remarkable, because we still don’t know the importance that the city held for the Incas. Most researchers state that the city was a luxury retreat for the rich and elite in the Incan civilization. It is believed that the city was built around AD 1430, but was abandoned about 100 years later as the Spanish began to conquer Incan territories. What makes this city so unique is that due to its well protected and hidden location, it wasn’t plundered by the Spanish. As a result, Machu Picchu emerged as one of the most important and sacred historical sites in the world.
When to Go
Travelers can enjoy the Machu Picchu tour throughout the year, but the crowds and the weather can be quite unpredictable. Generally, the best season to visit Machu Picchu is between the months of July – August. The best time to visit the site is early in the morning or late in the afternoon.
The city has been built in traditional Inca style with dry-stone walls that have been polished to perfection. The primary buildings in the city are the Temple of the Sun, Intihuatana and the Room of the Three Windows. All three buildings are located in an area known as the Sacred District of Machu Picchu.
About 2000 visitors visit Machu Picchu daily during the peak season. With most preferring a day tour rather than an overnight halt, there are so many attractions to see and so little time to see them. Here are some of the most important attractions that you simply cannot ignore when you go for a Machu Picchu tour.
Visitors arriving via the Inca Trail shall first experience the beauty of the Sun Gate. Those arriving via the alternate route need to backtrack along the ruins.
Temple of the Sun
The Temple of the Sun is located close to the summit of the main city and is famous for its incredible stonework. Although you should be able to see incredible stonework everywhere, the Temple of the Sun is famous as the pinnacle of Incan stonework. For a picture perfect view, observe the temple from the side as you descend the stone staircase into the main plaza.
Intihuatana is a sacred stone that was integral to the Incan empire. At midday on 21st September and 21st March, the sun stands right above the pillar, without casting any shadow. The Incas believed that the sun was “tied” to the rock at this point of time and they held their sun-worship ceremonies on these two days.
Huayna Picchu and the Temple of the Moon
Huayna Picchu and the Temple of the Moon are located at the furthest end of Machu Picchu and require a strenuous hike. Despite the effort, most people embarking on a Machu Picchu tour actually look forward to the experience because of the fascinating views. The temple of the moon is a natural cave that has been carved with Inca stonework.