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Private Guided Tour in Machu Picchu
"Your tour begins from either the train station or at your hotel in Aquas Calientes our contact will wait for you with a sign and will take you to the bus station that will take you to Machu Picchu. You'll enjoy this drive that takes about 30 minutes. Once in Machu Picchu your professional guide will be waiting for you to start your 2.5-hour private tour where you'll visit the most important viewpoints for your classical pictures. Some of the places you'll visit on this tour is The Temples of The Sun The Main The Condor etc. The palaces of the Inca Princess
From $52.00
 
Day Trip to Machu Picchu by Train
"This expedition will start early on the morning when we pick you up from your hotel or hostel and then drive to Ollantaytambo. In Ollanntaytambo we will board the train to Aguas Calientes and as soon as we arrive we will take a bus up to the ruins of Machu Picchu. There will be a guide waiting at the mountain and after meeting up with him he will start the 2 hour guided tour. You may have up to 4 hours after to explore the mountain by yourself and relax. If you would also like to hike Huayna Picchu Mountain please arrange that before. After we will go back to Aguas Calientes and return to Cusco."""This tour will guide you through time to when the Incas thrived and ruled Machu Picchu. This rarely visited region offers travelers a perspective into the real lives of Andean farmers and how they aggregate the land. This tour is for travelers who want totitle=Highlights&1=Enjoy+a+day+away+from+the+hustle+and+bustle+of+the+city&2=Ideal+choice+for+families&3=Step+back+in+time+on+a+history+tour
From $325.00
 
Day Tour to Machu Picchu by Inca Rail Train
"This expedition will start early on the morning when we pick you up from your hotel or hostel and then drive to Ollantaytambo. In Ollanntaytambo we will board the train to Aguas Calientes and as soon as we arrive we will take a bus up to the ruins of Machu Picchu. There will be a guide waiting at the mountain and after meeting up with him he will start the 2 hour guided tour. You may have up to 4 hours after to explore the mountain by yourself and relax. If you would also like to hike Huayna Picchu Mountain please arrange that before. After we will go back to Aguas Calientes and return to Cusco."""This tour will guide you through time to when the Incas thrived and ruled Machu Picchu. It is for travelers who want to explore Machu Picchu but do not have the time to take an alternative route. The Inca Rail Train will offer the most comfort on this joutitle=Highlights&1=Enjoy+a+day+away+from+the+hustle+and+bustle+of+the+city&2=Ideal+choice+for+families&3=Step+back+in+time+on+a+history+tour
From $369.00

Huayna Picchu Tips (34)

Hike Huayna Picchu and see MP from above

While you are touring the Inca city, you can hike up Huayna Picchu (which means new mountain and is the mountain facing MP). You will get an incredible view of the ruins. The hike is approximately 400m up and is very steep. There are ropes and chains at points for you to pull yourself up. It takes between 20 and 45 mins each way.

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chris_i79
Nov 03, 2003

Climb Huayna Picchu

Huayna Picchu is the really tall mountain you see in all the pictures. It is a hard climb but well worth it. You should make the time to do it.
It will take about three hours to climb to the top. There is much to see along the way and the view from the top is awesome.
Allow about 1 1/2 to 2 hours to get down. This is because it is very steep and you need to go slowly. This climb can be hard on the knees, but take some Aleve and do it!!

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yu4ick
Oct 09, 2003

Temple of the Moon

On the way down, I took the other path and walked downhill to the Temple of the Moon. In reality though, this are ruins in and on themselves. Since the ruins are not restores like the ones I saw on the trails and Machu Picchu, most have the same look as Hiram Bingham when he rediscovered Machu Picchu in 1911. The total walk from the deviation of the trail to Huayna Picchu to the Temple of the moon and back took me 1.5 hours.

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darthmilmo
Nov 15, 2002

Huayna Picchu

Then, I hiked up Huayna Picchu, the famous tall peak that appears in the pictures. The hike took me 25 minutes, although a more realistic time for the unfit would have been 1 or more hours. Let me tell you, the hike there is worth it. The view on route and on the top of the ruins and the surroundings is amazing.

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darthmilmo
Nov 15, 2002
 
 
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Get up on Huayna Picchu!

If you stay the night in Municipalidad Macchupichu, you will have the extra hours needed to get up on top om Huyna Picchu (the young montain).
Entry closes at 2 PM and you have to be out at 4 PM. You need 1 hour to get up, and 40 minutes to get down.
The ascent is around 400 m, it is very steep, but it is worth it!

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El_Sueco
Sep 13, 2002

Sign your life away.

Here is the checkpoint to hike Huayan Picchu. Its located on the bottom part of the compound past the sun dial.

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kzapanta
Sep 19, 2006

At the top

You'll be rewarded with this full view of the Machu Picchu city and the zig-zaggy bus path leading up to the ruin.

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ryuhome
Sep 04, 2005

Frightening desent

According to my wife, this is the most frightening part, and the picture did not do justice to it. People turned to face the steps and climbed down on all four.

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ryuhome
Sep 04, 2005

Top 5 Machu Picchu Writers

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"Inca Trail"
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"Machu Picchu"
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"Magical Machu Picchu in Rainy Season"
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"Lost City of the Incas"
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"This is what we call sharing on the Inca Trail"
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Ghostly....

Behind the city you can see Huayna Picchu,peering through the low cloud,as if to remind us,`Hey I`m still here !!!`

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neilward
Oct 22, 2004

Love at first sight?

This is the first impression you get when entering the archeological site. Near where you are standing are the southern terraces.
In the back ground the Huyana Picchu (the New Montain)

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El_Sueco
May 05, 2003

Things to Do Near Huayna Picchu

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Aguas Calientes

This tiny town is home to about 1600 people. From a small farming settlement, it grew into a major tourist hub with the construction of the railroad that brings in hundreds (if not thousands) of...
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Llamas / Other Animals

After taking your best pictures of the citadel, keep climbing the steps until you reach the Agricultural Sector. You´ll find yourself surrounded by llamas of many colors and sizes. I wasn´t attacked...
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Inca Trail

As I mentioned in my Phuyupatamarca campsite tip, we began our fourth and final day on the Camino Inca by hiking up to see the beautiful snowcapped peaks of the Salkantay (6270 m) and Veronica (5680...
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Ruins

These terraces appear to have served for agricultural purposes. They are common by Inka cities and are used still till today at some sights but not here. it is believed terraces were used as a method...
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Temples

This was an astronomical observatory for the Incas and one of the most sacred spots of Machu Pichu. It's a semi circular building aligned with the Solstice to allow the Inkas to mark the passing of...
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Scenery

Here is an example of the sheer drop off from the ruins to the valley below. It's the thing that makes these ruins so spectacular, there are better preserved pre-columbian cities elsewhere that...
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Getting to Huayna Picchu

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Santuario Historico Machu Picchu, Peru

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  • Sunday 07:00 to 11:00
  • Monday 07:00 to 11:00
  • Tuesday 07:00 to 11:00
  • Wednesday 07:00 to 11:00
  • Thursday 07:00 to 11:00
  • Friday 07:00 to 11:00
  • Saturday 07:00 to 11:00

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