How strenuous is Machu Picchu?
Trail by trail
|The Lares Trek||Moderate|
|The Salkantay Trek||Difficult|
|The Choquequirao Trek||Difficult|
|The Vilcabamba Trek||Difficult|
|The Huchuy Qosqo Trek||Moderate|
|The Quarry Trail||Difficult|
How to climb Machu Picchu and the Sacred Valley
How do I prepare for Machu Picchu?
The best way to prepare for a trek to Machu Picchu is to participate in plenty of cardiovascular activity. Activities such as swimming, cycling, or long-distance running will place you in a strong position to complete the trek with ease. Remember; a happy heart makes for a happy hiker. Learn more.
When should I climb Machu Picchu?
Machu Picchu can be climbed year-round, but travellers should be aware that the Inca Trail is closed in February every year for necessary maintenance. The most popular time to hike the Inca Trail, for example, is June-August and is known to be quite crowded. Learn more.
What permits do I need?
Only 500 permits are allocated per day for the Inca Trail due to the overwhelming popularity of the route and must be booked in advance. Other trails and routes in the area do not need a permit. Learn more.
Do I need a guide to climb?
From 2001, it is a compulsory requirement that travellers on the Inca Trail, in particular, must travel with a registered guide. Many of the alternative trails, however, do not require a guide, and you are able to hike as you wish unassisted. Learn more.
How do I get to Machu Picchu?
The best way for travellers to reach Machu Picchu is to fly into Cusco, Peru. Spending a few days in Cusco prior to embarking on a trek to Machu Picchu will help travellers acclimate, and reduce the impacts of altitude sickness. Learn more.
What should I pack and what equipment do I need?
Walking poles, hiking boots, waterproof clothing and plenty of layers are just a few of the essentials that you will need for your hiking adventure. As for tents and cooking equipment, be sure to check with your tour operator as this may be provided for you. Learn more.
Machu Picchu tours & reviews
07 Day – Trek to Machu Picchu through the Inca Trail 2020
7 days from $1,899 $829
Cusco & Salkantay Trekking to Machu Picchu
8 days from $1,799 $821
- Learn the art of weaving in rainbow city Chinchero.
- Reward yourself with a hearty meal in Cuzco.
- Challenge yourself and hike the legendary Inca Trail.
- Trek through the natural beauty of the Sacred Valley.
- Celebrate your victory with 'that' photo of Machu Picchu.
Salkantay & Humantay Trek to Machu Picchu - 8 Days
8 days from $1,850 $861
- Challenge yourself and hike the Salkantay Trail
- Admire the serene natural beauty of the Sacred Valley
- Celebrate your victory with 'that' photo of Machu Picchu
- Trek through the picturesque scenery of the Andes
Inca Trail to Machu Picchu - 7 Days
7 days from $1,880 $893
- Tick off your bucket list with a hike of the Inca Trail
- Celebrate your victory with "that" photo of Machu Picchu
- Watch a sensational sunrise from above the clouds
- Marvel in the picture-perfect scenery of the Sacred Valley
Inca Trail Trek
7 days from $1,549 $775
- Visit the Sacred Valley
- Reach the highest pass at Warmiwañusca
- Stop at Wiñay-Wayna
- Walk to Machu Picchu
- Meander through the markets of Aguas Calientes
9 Day - Inca Trail + Titicaca Lake- Group Service - 2020
9 days from $2,573 $1,248
Sacred Valley and Classic Inca Trail to Machu Picchu
8 days from $1,890 $1,063
- Immerse yourself in Inca tradition, culture and history
- Hike the legendary Inca trail through the Peruvian Andes
- Arrive at Machu Picchu before sunrise and the crowds
- Enjoy Peruvian hospitality in Cusco after the trek
Machu Picchu Trek - Lima start
4 days from $1,099 $714