Machu Picchu Tours: All the options to visit the most famous Inca ruins

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Peru is one of the favorite destinations in South America and no wonder, this country is beautiful from north to south. You will know that there is more than one option to visit Machu Picchu . So, be aware that we are going to introduce you to all the Machu Picchu tours– You will find in Howlanders, a historical wonder that is sure to be in your Peru travel itinerary.

It is important for you to know that Machu Picchu can be visited during the pandemic. Although they have adapted certain security measures, you can still enjoy the site.

Machu Picchu more cultural tours

Machu Picchu and Sacred Valley Tour

The Machu Picchu and Sacred Valley Tour is a traveler’s favorite, a classic. During this 2 days tour you will first visit the Sacred Valley passing through Pisac, Urubamba and Ollantaytambo. After 1 hour and a half train ride the next stop is Aguas Calientes, where you will spend the whole night.

At last comes the second day where you will enjoy the most famous Inca ruins. This is one of the tours to Machu Picchu from Cusco. If you want to get an idea, our partner Javier tells us in an article his experience in Machu Picchu and the Sacred Valley.

Sacred Valley views

Machu Picchu in one day

If you’re not going to spend many days in Peru, here’s the fastest way to describe the lost city of the Incas: Machu Picchu tour in one day.

Throughout the tour you will see the archaeological site with a 2 hours guided tour and you will see the Aguas Calientes streets (Machu Picchu town). Come on, everything you need to see of the Inca wonder.

Construction in Aguas Calientes

Machu Picchu by car

The most fascinating part of the Machu Picchu tour by car is that you will get to know the town of the famous ruins: Aguas Calientes, and enjoy its hot springs. Finally, you will be in Machu Picchu with a professional guide who will explain everything about the place for 2 hours, and you will do all this in just 2 days!

Also, you will go by car to all the destinations and accompanied by amazing views of nature.

Trekking and adventure tours

Salkantay Trek

The Salkantay Trek to Machu Picchu is a backpacker’s favorite. You’ll hike 36 miwith a professional guide through snow-capped mountains, tropical forests, Andean landscapes and jungle. It is also one of the best hiking routes from Cusco to the ruins and the best known last 4 days, although you also have the option to do it in 5 .

Some of the destinations on the 4 days tour are Mollepata, Callacancha, the spectacular Humantay Lake, Soraypampa, the Salkantay Passage, Huayracmachay, Colpapampa Colpapampa, the Sahuayaco Beach, Santa Teresa, Hydroelectric, Aguas Calientes and lastly, Machu Picchu.

Person on the Salkantay Trek

The difference with the Salantay Trek 5 days tour is the amount of places you visit. And if you prefer an experience on another level, we introduce you the Premium Salkantay Trek tour. This includes special diets and unique accommodation, the Sky dome and the Jungles Domes. That is, you will be accommodated in two perfectly air-conditioned igloos for 2 people.

Finally, in our Salkantay Trek 4 or 5 days post, you can discover which is the perfect one for you. You can also take away your doubts about Salkantay in the difficulty analysis of each route. Whichever trek you do, we recommend the post about the list of things to bring to the Salkantay Trek, so that you can take everything you need for your adventure.

Salkantay trek sleeping igloos

Inca Trail

Taking the Inca Trail 2 days tour is a very cultural and natural way to get to Machu Picchu. You’ll hike along a more than 500-years old trail and have several destinations such as the Wiñaywayna Archaeological Zone, which is at 10 mi altitude, and the Sun Gate (Aguas Calientes region).

Before returning to the Cusco center, you will finish the adventure by discovering the 8 most important sites of Machu Picchu. You can not miss the 2 hours guided tour of the archaeological site 🙂 . In addition, you can always live a more complete experience by doing the Inca Trail 4 days tour.

Aerial view of the Inca Trail landscape

Inca Jungle – Machu Picchu

If you’re looking for adrenaline, adventure and learning about the history of Peru, the Inca jungle 4 days tour has all these ingredients. Ready to combine hiking and biking? Let’s get started!

This excursion mixes adventure and luxury. You’ll be able to tour fascinating Peruvian landscapes such as the surroundings of Santa Maria and Santa Teresa, bathe in Hot Springs and sleep comfortably in hostels or hotels.

In addition to cycling a 34 mi (55km) route, from Abra Malaga to Huamanmarca. The total miles to be covered during these 4 days are 62, you will see how they fly by and you will only think about repeating the experience.

group of cyclists ready to do the inca jungle

Lares Trek

The history of the Inca culture is fascinating and there is nothing better than doing the Lares Trek 4 days Machu Picchu Trek to know it first hand. With this tour you will hike and get to know the most authentic villages of the Andes such as Caracara, Quishuarani and Inca citadel of Pisac.

You will travel 28 mi (46km) of amazing nature and for dessert, you will visit Machu Picchu.

Aerial view of all of Machu Picchu

As you can see, you have many Machu Picchu tours so there is no excuse not to visit it. There’s sure to be one that’s perfect for you, regardless of the number of days you’re in the country and the weather. Do you already know which activity you’ll do?


Lucia's life motto is "go with the flow". She lets herself go with the flow and joins any plan.

She has been lucky enough to travel to many different places, but her perfect trip is any place with sun, sand and sea. Indecisive by nature, she would not know how to choose between the Canary Islands or the Balearic Islands in Spain, or between Mexican and Peruvian food. Maybe that's why she will never say no to a trip... She has to find answers!

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