Whether you’ve decided to do a 6-day Machu Picchu tour or you’re still searching for Machu Picchu vacation tour packages, visiting the ruins of the Incan citadel is an experience unlike any other.

If this is your first time visiting this UNESCO World Heritage Site, we’ve put together some information so you’ll know what to expect:

1.      A Lot of Tourists

Machu Picchu is one of the most famous and instantly recognizable archaeological sites in the world. It’s open all year long and attracts tourists from all over the world. You should expect a sizable number of visitors when you visit.

Note that the tourist season is at its peak between June and August. If you visit outside of these months, the site will be comparatively less crowded.

2.      Different Ways to Reach Machu Picchu

There are multiple options you can choose from when visiting Machu Picchu:

If you’re flying in from another country, you’ll first need to catch a short flight from Lima to Cusco. Once at Cusco, you can take a train to Aguas Calientes. From Aguas Calientes, you can take a bus or hike to Machu Picchu.

The iconic Inca Trail is the only trek that gets you directly to Machu Picchu. You can tackle the Inca Trail in 4 days or make the short Inca Trail in 2 days. The trail is extremely popular, and tickets tend to be sold out months in advance.

As an alternative, you can try the Salkantay Trek 5 days tour package. It’s less expensive than the Inca Trail and also more affordable.

3.      Book Your Tickets Ahead of Time

Even if you’re planning to visit Machu Picchu outside of the tourist season, it’s wise to book tickets beforehand. Entry to the site is set up in different time slots, from 6 AM to 2 PM, and you can only stay for 4 hours from your time of entry.

4.      Prepare for the Hikes

If you’re planning to hike on the Inca Trail or the Salkantay or Lares treks, make sure you’re up for it physically. The hikes can be exhausting if you’re not prepared, so start working out as soon as you start planning your trip.

In addition to the hikes you can do for reaching Machu Picchu, there are also hikes around the site that you can try. The giant mountain behind the ruins is Huayna Picchu, and hiking it is not for the faint of heart. Other popular hikes include the Sun Gate hike and the Machu Picchu mountain itself.

A woman looking at Machu Picchu

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