Peru is one of the most interesting countries in South America, due to its history, archaeology, delicious cuisine, diverse flora and fauna, and of course, Machu Picchu, the “Lost City of the Incas.” Known to be one of the most recognized images in the world, Machu Picchu is one of the once-in-a-lifetime places that you will never forget.
We at SouthAmerica.travel can put together all sorts of travel packages to Machu Picchu, for any time of year and any number of people. Many Peru tour operators offer Machu Picchu tours, but our specialty is customizable travel packages to Machu Picchu. You can choose when you want to travel to Peru, how many nights you want to stay in each location, whether you want to travel by train through the Sacred Valley or by hiking the Inca Trail, and what type of hotels you prefer. Our Peru travel experts will guide you through the travel planning process, and give you recommendations along the way. Once you’ve built your perfect travel package to Machu Picchu, we’ll make all the arrangements so that you won’t have to worry about the details!
Here’s how to build a Custom Travel Package to Machu Picchu:
First, decide when you want to travel to Machu Picchu. You can visit year-round, but if you want to hike the Inca Trail, then keep in mind that the Inca Trail is closed during the month of February, and that it often gets booked months in advance, especially during the busiest months from June-August. Also, keep in mind that the rainy season is from November-March in Cusco and the Machu Picchu area, so you will want to pack a rain poncho if traveling during that time.
Second, decide which destinations you want to include in your travel package to Machu Picchu. Machu Picchu itself is located deep in the cloud forest, and isolated by its cliffside setting next to the Urubamba River. So in order to reach Machu Picchu, you’ll have to fly into the Peruvian capital of Lima, and then fly into the former Incan capital of Cusco, before hopping on the train to Aguas Calientes, which is situated at the foot of Machu Picchu. It’s not recommended that you do all this in one day – instead, spend a few days leisurely making your way to Machu Picchu. Check out our 4 day Lost City of the Incas itinerary for our recommendation on how to see Machu Picchu in 4 days.
There are so many fascinating Inca ruins in the Sacred Valley and in the Cusco region, that a trip to Machu Picchu simply would not be complete without visiting these amazing Inca sites. Make sure to visit the Pisac Market and Pisac ruins, the Ollantaytambo ruins, and Sacsayhuaman near Cusco. If you have more time, visit Chinchero, Maras, and Moray, also in the Sacred Valley.
Lastly, decide whether to hike the Inca Trail or take the train to Machu Picchu. Most people take the train from Cusco to Aguas Calientes, which is a scenic 4 hour train ride through the Sacred Valley. It’s also possible to take the train to Ollantaytambo and spend the night in the Sacred Valley, which is a more scenic and relaxing spot than Aguas Calientes. From Ollantaytambo, the train ride is 2 hours to Aguas Calientes.
If hiking the Inca Trail, make sure you spend a couple days in Cusco to acclimatize to the high altitude. The highest point on the Inca Trail is called Dead Woman’s Pass, and for good reason – it’s 4,215 m (13,829 ft) above sea level. If you find that the Inca Trail is already booked for the dates when you want to travel, there are several alternative Inca Trail Treks available, such as the Lares Valley Trek, Choquequirao trek, and Salkantay Trek. We can assist you with all the details and additional information for example, what to pack for the Inca Trail or how to hike the inca trail to Machu Picchu. Ask for a combination of Cusco tours and the Inca Trail for the optimal Peru experience.
It can be difficult to figure out where to stay, when to travel, what destinations to visit, and all those other details. Call our Peru travel team to speak with travel experts who have lived, worked, and traveled extensively around Peru. We can help you build an excellent custom travel package to Machu Picchu.