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Inca Citadel and Marvel of the Modern World


7742 ft

Dry Season

66°F - 70°F

Rainy Season

67°F - 40°F

The Inca citadel of Machu Picchu, Peru’s modern marvel of the world, is one of the most visited tourist destinations in the world. Located near the valley of the Urubamba River, Machu Picchu dazzles all who visit with its beauty and mystery.

What to do in Machu Picchu Pueblo?

Machu Picchu Plaza
The most iconic place at Machu Picchu from where to begin planning your different activities before and after visiting the citadel.
Descubrimiento de Machu Picchu
Machu Picchu Citadel
Visiting one of the Wonders of the World is a must-see destination if you are in Cusco. If you are already in Machu Picchu Pueblo, you only need to get up to the citadel by taking a bus (around 20 minutes) or walking (about 2 hours).
Huayna Picchu
The name in Quechua means “young mountain”, and 200 people are allowed per day on Circuit 4. You can obtain your admittance ticket when you buy your Machu Picchu ticket.
Artisans Market
Open daily all year. The villagers sell their handicrafts to visitors returning from Machu Picchu before leaving for Cusco.
Hot Springs
Enjoy the pleasant hot spring baths with beautiful views of nature and their own health benefits.
Chávez Ballón Museum
Visiting this museum before entering the citadel will give you a broader perspective on what the famous archaeological Inca site was really like.
Butterfly House
One of the activities is to visit this butterfly sanctuary designed for conservation, research, and sustainable development.
Orchid Garden (400 species)
This is a must-see destination on your way through Machu Picchu Pueblo, with hundreds of native species of orchids.
Tinkuy Restaurant
The best way to recharge your energy is to have exquisite lunch at the famous Tinkuy restaurant, located at the entrance to the Inca citadel.
Bars and Discos
The visit to Machu Picchu offers a variety of services such as restaurants, cafes and bars. Tourists can enjoy a great nightlife.

How to get to Machu Picchu?

  1. Take a flight or bus from Lima. Both will leave you approximately 20 minutes from the Plaza de Armas in Cusco. Duration: Plane: 1hr 30min / Bus: 22hrs.
  2. Go to the train station of your choice from Plaza de Armas:
    San Pedro Station: 10min.
    Wánchaq Station: 10min.
    Poroy Station: 20min.
    Ollantaytambo Station: 1hr 30min (with more departure times and train services).
  3. Travel by train. In PeruRail we have the best train services and a variety of frequencies that will take you to the Machu Picchu Pueblo station (also known as Aguas Calientes). Duration: between 1hr 30min to 3hr 30min.
  4. Board the Consettur bus (authorized company) from Machu Picchu Pueblo to the entrance of the Inca Citadel. Duration: Consettur Bus: 30min. departures every 10min.
  5. Arrival to the Citadel or Llaqta Machu Picchu. We recommend you to buy your tickets at least 30 days before your trip.

Train stations in Machu Picchu Pueblo

Located in the middle of Machu Picchu Pueblo, inside the Handicrafts Market.
  • Address: Machu Picchu Pueblo s/n, Barrio Las Orquídeas, Machu Picchu Pueblo, Cusco
  • Opening hours Machu Picchu touristic: Monday to Sunday and holidays: 08:00 hs to  22:00 hs
  • Opening hours Machu Picchu local: Monday to Sunday and holidays: 06:30 hs to 09:00 hs – 11:00 hs to 19:00 hs

Begin the route towards the Inca citadel surrounded by majestic landscapes on your train journey. Address: Línea Férrea Km 122- Hidroeléctrica. Schedule:
  • Monday to Friday: 06:00 hs to 08:30 hs y 12:30 hs to 18:00 hs
  • Saturday, Sunday and Holidays: 06:00 hs to 08:30 hs y 12:30 hs to 18:00 hs

Hotel at Machu Picchu

Sanctuary lodge hotel

Sanctuary Lodge, A Belmond Hotel

This elegant refuge is the only hotel on the Machu Picchu mountain. Tranquility, amazement, and beauty are part of its essence.

History and Culture of Machu Picchu

Machu Picchu Map


Where can I purchase tickets to the Machu Picchu citadel?

The ticket for the Inca Citadel can be purchased by online clickling here or at the offices on Calle Maruri 340, City of Cusco and at Avenida Garcilaso S/N, City of Cusco.  Tickets are limited, the schedules and circuits are subject to availability.

What are the established circuits at Machu Picchu?

There are a total of five circuits, each a different way of walking through the citadel. Find out more here.

What are the Consettur buses, where do they take me and how much do they cost?

Find out more about CONSETTUR for the bus tickets and entry to the citadel by clicking here.

When is the best time to visit Machu Picchu?

In the rainy season (November to March) temperatures are between 66°F and 70°F. In the dry season (April to October) between 63°F and 66°F. In June and July temperatures can drop to 28°F.  However, there are also sunny days during the rainy season, and you´ll be able to take great photos of the citadel. Click here for more information.

Can I get altitude sickness at Machu Picchu?

The more serious symptoms of altitude sickness are very rare. For more information, click here.

If I’m a foreigner, what type of power adaptor do I need for my visit to Peru?

Voltage in Peru is 220v. You will need an adaptor if the voltage in your country is 110v. The most common outlets are Type A, Type B and Type C.

What is the currency used in Machu Picchu and the exchange rate?
The currency in Arequipa is the Sol and the exchange rate, based on the dollar, varies daily. For information on the current exchange rate, enter here. 
Are all payment options accepted in the area?

For meals and shopping in Machu Picchu Pueblo, it will depend on the establishment, since the smaller local and family businesses tend to only accept cash. 

Are Machu Picchu, Llaqta and Machu Picchu Pueblo the same place?

Machu Picchu is the name of the mountain where the Inca citadel stands. Llaqta means “citadel” in Quechua and is the term used when referring to the Machu Picchu citadel.  Meanwhile, Machu Picchu Pueblo, once known as Aguas Calientes, is the official name of the town where Machu Picchu is located.

What should I take on my visit to Machu Picchu?

Sunblock is recommended, insect repellent, a windbreaker, your identity document (passport or national identity card) and your physical or digital entrance ticket.

Will I see llamas at Machu Picchu?

Yes.  The llamas in the Machu Picchu citadel walk about freely all yearround.

Are there restrooms/toilets at Machu Picchu citadel?

No. However there are toilet facilities at the entrance to the citadel, at extra cost.

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