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Inca Doorway, Machu Picchu, Sacred Valley, Peru

Machu Picchu

Both a UNESCO World Heritage Site and one of the Severn Wonders of the World, Machu Picchu is one of the most revered archaeological sites in the Americas, if not the world.

For a site that is so well known, not much is known about it. The architectural style suggests it was commissioned by Inca Pachacutec and thus thought to have been built around the early or mid-1400s. It was a ceremonial and administrative centre for a population of just under 1,000. It was not found by the Spanish, abandoned at some stage, and then hidden from the eyes of the world until Hiram Bingham brought it back to life on the 24th July 1911.

Inca Wall, Machu Picchu, Peru
Inca Wall, Machu Picchu, Peru

A little more about Machu Picchu

Climb Huayna Picchu for outstanding panoramic views over the ruins or venture up to the Sun Gate and experience the descent on foot by the original Inca Trail. Head away from the crowds to the outskirts of the ruins to wander alone into Inca houses and for those budding photographers, a photo through the doorways of Huayna Picchu make for a different perspective to the iconic shots one always sees.

Machu Picchu, Peru
Machu Picchu, Peru

Most spend about half a day at the site. Ideally you stay should overnight in order to return for a second visit, to see some of the less heavily visited sections and to soak up more of the history and atmosphere. We hope that you will visit such a breathtaking site again but the reality is it might just be the once, so make it all the more worthwhile. Machu Picchu is often shrouded in cloud, so this is another reason for overnighting.

Experiences

Wildlife Watching

Head to prime locations to seek out cocks-of-the-rock, green jays, speckle-faced parrots and spectacled bears.

Uncover Hidden Waterfalls

Journey to the Mandor Valley to walk through its bio-diverse gardens and stand under a secluded waterfall.

Climb Putukusi

Hike up the exhilarating mountain that boasts a spectacular view over Machu Picchu from the far side of the Vilcanota Valley.

Walk in the Cloud Forest

Head in to the lush cloud forests of the Peruvian Andes that surround Machu Picchu, observing its exquisite orchids and colourful hummingbirds.

Discover Machu Picchu

Journey to the iconic UNESCO site of Machu Picchu, either on foot via the Inca Trail or by rail journey.

Holiday Inspiration

Our experts have created and curated these tailor-made holiday ideas to get you started. Take the time to search through them and find something that is the spark for your unique adventure.

Accommodation

Below you can see some of the wonderful places we recommend you stay on your journey.

Inkaterra Machu Picchu £££££

  • Peru
  • Boutique

Tucked away in 12 acres of a private Peruvian cloud forest, Inkaterra Machu Picchu is an estate built to replicate a traditional Andean village. Occupying a riverside location and set amongst stone pathways, terraced hills and waterfalls, the village accommodation is surrounded by a plethora of stunning bird species that include the golden-headed quetzal and the iconic Andean cock-of-the-rock. A small botanical spa, large glass-house restaurant and optional wine-tasting add to the indulgent services. Its 83 whitewashed adobe casitas are scattered throughout the hillside and exude a rustic yet extremely homely aesthetic, each offering lovely views that range from that of the quaint village to panoramic lush green landscapes.

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El MaPi £££££

  • Peru

A contemporary property with lofty ceilings and panoramic windows, El MaPi is a down-to-earth accommodation nestled within the village of Machu Picchu Pueblo. Completely restored by a renowned Peruvian architect, El MaPi blends classic features with modern aesthetics and utilises restored furnishings and recycled materials as part of their sustainability practices. Its 131 bright rooms and suites, all offering panoramic windows, are decorated in a simple and contemporary style. An unfussy café serves organic salads and pastries, while the comfortable bar is a lovely spot for sipping a signature lemongrass lemonade and nibbling on tapas after a day spent exploring the Inca ruins and trails.

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Belmond Sanctuary Lodge £££££

  • Peru

A high-altitude hideaway that is just a stone’s throw from the Inca citadel of Machu Picchu, Belmond Sanctuary Lodge boasts an unrivalled position that affords its guests the opportunity to beat the crowds to the gates of one of the world’s most elusive ancient archaeological sites. Perched in the shadows of the Lost City, the lodge is a welcome sanctuary of rest and revitalisation following long days spent exploring the ruins and trails.

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Meet our experts

A passion for travel runs right through every one of our experts - meaning they're always ready with first-hand insight about their specialist countries.

Paul Bird

Reaching the sun gate and marvelling over Machu Picchu unveiled one of the most impressive landscapes that Paul has seen in his global travels.
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James Armitage

Having walked the full Inca Trail and arrived at the Sun Gate, it is in looking down over the mist-shrouded Machu Picchu ruins that James experienced the magic of the Incas.
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Roxy Dukes

If your passion is the outdoors and you are looking to delve into South American culture, Roxy recommends one of the lodge-to-lodge hiking programmes to explore the Sacred Valley and beyond. Hopping between the quiet mountain towns, meet the locals that live off the grid and immerse yourself in the welcoming spirit of Peru.
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Once again, I would like to thank James for organising our trip. Our visit to Peru was perfect. Each of the expert guides in Peru made the whole thing run like clockwork, and I cannot thank all of you enough.

Destination: Peru
Travel Expert: James

Paul put together a spectacular trip through the highlights of Peru, and no detail was missed. His recommendations for acclimatising were particularly helpful, and something no one else I spoke to had mentioned.

Destination: Peru
Travel Expert: Paul

Our trip to Colombia and Peru, organised by James, exceeded all of our expectations! We travelled initially to see our eldest son who lives in California and then decided that (while close by) we would "nip" to Peru with the aim of visiting Machu Picchu, and onward to Colombia. A spectacular and memorable trip of a lifetime.

Destinations: Colombia & Peru
Travel Expert: James

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