“Not all those who wander are lost.”
– J.R.R. Tolkien
Machu Picchu – also referred to as the Lost City of the Incas – is nestled high in the Andes Mountains in Peru. It is one of the most visited tourist destinations in South America – and one of the world’s most iconic archeological sites. Built in the 15th century, the ancient ruins was designated a UNESCO World Heritage Site and voted one of the New Seven Wonders of the World.
Fun Machu Picchu Day Trips and Tours
If you are feeling adventurous (and you’re reasonably fit) and want to experience hiking the Inca Trail, add approximately four days to your travel itinerary. Note: The Inca Trail is closed for the entire month of February every year. Alternatively, you can reach Machu Picchu by train from Cusco or stay in one of the nearby towns and walk up to the ruins. Plan on spending at least one day at Machu Picchu to explore the area and if possible, try to schedule your trip to coincide with the sunrise or sunset.
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The Best Time To Visit Machu Picchu
Although open year-round, the best time to visit Machu Picchu or hike the Inca Trail is late March-May and September-early November. October-April is the official rainy season; peak season is July and August. Sundays are the busiest days.