We present to you our Machu Picchu and Machu Picchu Mountain Tour, an intense 1-day adventure. We begin the adventure in Cusco, our transportation will pick you up from your hotel and head to the Ollantaytambo train station, where a train will take us to the town of Aguas Calientes. The train journey lasts approximately 2 hours, and along the way, you will be able to admire mountains, beautiful landscapes, and the Vilcanota River will accompany you throughout the journey.
We arrive at Aguas Calientes and then board the Consetur Bus towards Machu Picchu. It is here where our guide will start the guided tour. Our guide is there to assist you and provide you with all the necessary information, so have your questions ready. The guided tour lasts approximately 2 hours.
After the tour of Machu Picchu, you will have the opportunity to ascend the Machu Picchu Mountain on a hike. The ascent takes about an hour, and it will be an unforgettable experience. The ultimate reward will be the beautiful view and the satisfaction of completing the challenge. The effort will be worth it. The return will be in the afternoon, following the same route, and everything will be organized for you. Finally, in Ollantaytambo, we will be waiting for you with a sign bearing your name to take you back to the city of Cusco, concluding our short and memorable adventure.
Note: It is important to clarify that the guided tour includes the Machu Picchu citadel, but DOES NOT INCLUDE the guided tour to the top of Machu Picchu Mountain. We have a private service available if you require it.
Welcome to our Machu Picchu + Machu Picchu Mountain Tour, an intense 1-day adventure that you will experience with CuscoPeru.com, immersing yourself in the magic and mysticism of the Inca culture, accompanied by unforgettable nature and landscapes.
We start early in the morning by picking you up from your hotel and heading towards Ollantaytambo, on a 2-hour car journey. This picturesque town is home to one of the other Inca fortresses. Here, we will board the train at the station that will take us to Aguas Calientes (Machu Picchu Pueblo).
The train journey is an important part of the unforgettable experience of visiting Machu Picchu. It takes you through the Andes towards the edge of the jungle, as we venture into the dense vegetation of the high jungle of Cusco, you will be able to admire the Vilcanota River accompanying the train's route. After almost two hours of travel, we will reach our destination, which serves as the base to explore Machu Picchu.
Once in Aguas Calientes, we will board the Consetur Bus, and in a 30-minute zigzag route, we will ascend to the Machu Picchu citadel. We will arrive at the entrance gate where our guide will begin the tour, providing you with all the information about the history and customs of its ancient inhabitants. We will explore the agricultural and urban areas of Machu Picchu, as well as the religious zone with its temples and structures. We will also climb to the viewpoint to take the classic postcard photo of Machu Picchu. Our guide will be there to assist you and answer any questions. The guided tour lasts approximately two hours.
How to climb Machu Picchu Mountain? After the tour, our guide will show you the access point to Machu Picchu Mountain. You will pass through the control checkpoint and begin the ascent, which takes approximately one hour. The "Machu Picchu Mountain" is not a very steep path, but it requires your energy. The uphill journey will provide you with a different perspective on how the inhabitants of Machu Picchu lived. You will also have the opportunity to take spectacular photos. It will be an unforgettable experience, and the ultimate reward will be the beautiful view and the satisfaction of completing the challenge. It will be worth all the effort.
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GROUP GUIDE in Machu Picchu
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GROUP GUIDE in Machu Picchu
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Surely, if you travel to Machu Picchu, you will have to choose between visiting Machu Picchu or Huayna Picchu and you may have wondered what the difference is between these two mountains. While the Inca citadel gives you the opportunity to climb both spectacular mountains, they offer equally marvelous views but have completely different characteristics such as their trails, views, landscapes, and ticket availability.
Regarding the trails, first of all, both mountains are quite high. Huayna Picchu, also known as the "Young Mountain," has an altitude of 2,693 meters above sea level, with extremely narrow and almost vertical trails, making the journey short but more challenging. On the other hand, Machu Picchu Mountain, or the "Old Mountain," reaches an altitude of 3,082 meters above sea level. The path to the summit of this mountain is longer but less demanding than that of Huayna Picchu. It has a wider trail and can be traversed by anyone, although special care must be taken with altitude sickness.
Regarding the views and landscapes, both offer fabulous panoramic views, but Huayna Picchu provides a panoramic view of the citadel. You will also find various archaeological sites surrounded by a great diversity of flora and fauna. On the other hand, Machu Picchu Mountain also offers a magnificent view of the archaeological site, the canyon crossed by the Vilcanota River, and the mountains, including the Vilcabamba and Salkantay mountain ranges. While there are no archaeological structures on this mountain, there is a wide variety of flora and fauna.
Important: Many people believe that the classic photo of Machu Picchu is taken from the summit of Huayna Picchu, but it is not. To take that photo, you have to go to the Guardhouse..
Regarding the availability of tickets, both mountains have a daily visitor limit. Huayna Picchu has limited spaces available for reservation and it is usually difficult to obtain tickets for this mountain. Therefore, it is necessary to purchase your ticket months in advance. On the other hand, Machu Picchu Mountain has slightly more available spaces, and it is usually easier to acquire the tickets.
Climbing this mountain is not complicated as it has wide and safe trails, making it suitable for tourists of any age. However, while doing so, you must respect the signs placed along the path. Once you reach the summit, you can take many photos and appreciate beautiful views, including the mountain range of the Andes.
Going to Machu Picchu Mountain with a tour guide is not mandatory, so you can do it on your own without any problem. Since it is a more adventurous journey and there are no temples or Inca structures along the way, you will have the opportunity to immerse yourself in the exotic flora and fauna. Therefore, a guide is not necessary, but if you still desire the service, you can inquire about it.
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