Machu Picchu Tours

South America’s most spectacular ruin is also one of its most mysterious. Stumbled upon by accident in 1911, the stones of Machu Picchu radiate an uncanny sublimity that confounds investigators to this day. Mountaintop citadel or imperial summer home? Administrative center or temple of the sun? The palaces, shrines, and terraces of this greatest of Inca monuments refuse to yield up their secrets. Travelers to Machu Picchu typically come away from this New Wonder of the World with an almost religious sense of awe. Find out why on one of our Machu Picchu Tours.

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Machu Picchu, Peru

Classic Machu Picchu

8 Days/7 Nights from $1,569

Classic Machu Picchu, our Featured Peru Tour, is a great way to experience the most interesting destinations of the country. It includes Lima, Cusco, the…

Inca Trail to Machu Picchu, Peru

Classic Machu Picchu and the Inca Trail

10 Days/9 Nights from $2,109

Hiking the Inca Trail to Machu Picchu should be on every adventure traveler’s “to do” list. While it is physically challenging, the rewards include spectacular…

Reed Boat, Lake Titicaca, Peru

Classic Machu Picchu and Lake Titicaca

10 Days/9 Nights from $2,149

Appreciate Peru’s fascinating cultures and history in one of our most popular tours. It includes Lima, Cusco, the Sacred Valley of the Incas, an overnight…

Blue and Yellow Macaws, Amazon, Peru

Classic Machu Picchu and Posada Amazonas

11 Days/10 Nights from $2,459

Experience Peru’s culture, history, and amazing wildlife in this fascinating tour. You will begin in Lima, and continue on to Cusco, the Andean capital of…

5 Best Machu Picchu Tours for 2021-2022

Tour NamePriceDurationDescription
Classic Machu Picchu and the Sacred Valley$1,9899 DaysThis tour is an extended version of our Classic Machu Picchu Tour. It includes Lima, Cusco, the Sacred Valley of the Incas, and an overnight…
Rio de Janeiro, Iguazu Falls, and Machu Picchu$2,79914 DaysTravel to Brazil and Peru to experience two of the new Seven Wonders of the World: Christ the Redeemer Statue (Corcovado) and Machu Picchu. Enjoy…
Machu Picchu and Easter Island$2,76913 DaysOur Machu Picchu and Easter Island Tour offers an opportunity to explore two of the most interesting archaeological sites in South America. The citadel of…
Galapagos, Machu Picchu, and the Amazon$4,99916 DaysGalapagos, Machu Picchu, and the Peruvian Amazon are three of the most popular destinations in South America. Your tour will begin in Quito, which has…
Galapagos, Machu Picchu, and Easter Island$5,52918 DaysGalapagos, Machu Picchu, and Easter Island are three of the most popular destinations in South America. Your tour will begin in Quito which offers spectacular…

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Machu Picchu

A Guide To The Main Structures Of Machu Picchu

Machu Picchu isn’t just an archaeological wonder: It’s also an architectural masterpiece. With more than 200 buildings that we know of, intelligently divided into urban and agricultural sectors and an upper town and lower town, there are no finer examples of Inca planning and construction…

Hiram Bingham And The Discovery Of Machu Picchu

On July 24, 1911, a Yale lecturer of South American history stumbled through the dense jungle on the saddle of a steep-sided mountaintop in Peru. Cutting through the undergrowth, he began to see signs of a former settlement. Walls and archways, paths and structures, and monumental architecture…

Day Two At Machu Picchu: Four Top Options

So you’ve finally done it. You’ve bought your PeruRail tickets, your entrance pass, and your chuyo, and you’re on your way to Machu Picchu. Mission accomplished—at least the first stage. By now your envious friends are blowing up your Facebook page with “OMG! How exciting!” posts and asking…

Cusco

Eight Things To Do In Cusco, Peru

Cusco is famous throughout the world, primarily as the gateway to Machu Picchu. But the historic capital of the Inca Empire has far more to offer than just Machu Picchu, and plenty of things to see and do closer to the city. Here we take a look at attractions in Cusco itself, and some sights just beyond…

Ten Interesting Facts About The Inca Empire

When people think of the Incas, they normally think of Machu Picchu. But the Inca Empire was a huge and powerful force in South America, far more so than even the magnificent Machu Picchu may imply. The influence of the Incas can still be seen quite clearly in modern Peru, despite the empire’s…

Art And Artisans In Cuzco’s San Blas Neighborhood

Juana Mendívil has a story she likes to tell about her father, Hilario. As a young boy growing up in Cuzco’s arty San Blas district, Hilario early on was infected by his barrio’s mania for sculpture. Every day after school he’d stop to peer in the neighborhood studios, to watch the masters work. It was his world…

Quipu: Ancient Writing System Used By The Incas

The motorcycle taxi driver had my number immediately. Every time I stepped out of my hotel in Mancora, there he was offering me a ride. It took longer for me to figure out what he was doing with the colorful cords tied to the handlebars of his machine. He knotted one cord whenever I paid him…

The Sacred Valley

Ollantaytambo: Temple-Citadel Of The Incas

Horror: That was the immediate reaction of the Spanish upon seeing Ollantaytambo. Given their situation, you can hardly blame them. At some 200 feet high, and made up of coursed ashlar stones weighing 50 tons or more, the massive walls and terraced parapets of this Inca stronghold…

Pisac: Cuzco’s Most Mysterious Ruin

High above the Andean town of Pisac, carved into a rock face that looks out over a valley of soft green terraces, there is a tunnel. A slender, teardrop-shaped slit arrived at via a narrow pass. This tunnel extends for 16 meters through an outcrop of solid granite, and is just wide enough…

The Road To Ruins: Seven Inca Sites You’ve Never Heard Of, But Should

Machu Picchu. Cuzco. The Hatunrumiyoc or twelve-angled stone. Even for travelers who’ve never been to South America, these Inca sites are iconic to the point of near-cliché. Splashed across Facebook and Instagram backgrounds like pre-Colombian wallpaper, they’re magnets for selfie-snappers…

Beyond The Inca Trail: Walking The Capac Ñan, South America’s Ancient Superhighway

“Can you hear me?” My voice booms out unnaturally over the canyon. In Peru in general, and in rural Peru in particular, cell-phone signals tend to be sketchy even under ideal conditions, so it’s a tiny miracle when Kiki, my journalist friend, comes through loud and clear. “Claro, hombre. Es increíble, ¿no?

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