The Sanctuary of Machu Picchu, with over 32,000 hectares, is home to many natural and archaeological attractions, roads, bridges, mountains, waterfalls, flora and fauna of the jungle itself and increasingly are still discovering more touristic sights.
Therefore, talk of Machu Picchu, involves talking of 1 to 4 days depending on availability of time, money and physical condition.
It should be noted that within the Historic Sanctuary of Machu Picchu, currently the most popular and visited places are:
- The llaqta or Inca City of Machu Picchu.
- Huayna Picchu Mountain.
- The Mountain of Machu Picchu.
- Putucusi Mountain.
- Traditional Inca Trail.
- The Short Inca Trail.
- The gardens and waterfalls of Mandor.
- Alternatives Hiking to the Inca Trail (Salkantay, Lares).
- Visit to the town of Aguas Calientes and its surroundings.
As, you can understand Machu Picchu is a place where are many things to do and see there. Therefore, we recommend reviewing the alternatives described below and to decide how long to stay in this fascinating place.
The Llaqta Inca of Machu Picchu, known as the City of Machu Picchu, as we know is a complete city of the Incas, located on the Mountain of Machu Picchu, it requires at least five hours for a detailed tour and so understand it, photograph it and especially enjoy its streets, squares, churches, houses, fountains, etc. The normally guided tour lasts 2-3 hours.
If you have, a single day:
We recommend, check the time of arrival and return of the train, the optimum would be a space of six hours, so that you have enough time to visit the city without trouble. You can visit the mountain Huayna Picchu or Machu Picchu Mountain, there are two different walks, both start from the same city, need a reservation because space is limited:
- In the case of the Huayna Picchu Mountain are 400 available seats, divided into two groups of 200. The tour lasts 2-3 hours and the ascent of the mountain has some degree of difficulty, because it is very steep.
- Regarding the Machu Picchu Mountain, there are 800 places available per day, the route of this mountain takes 3 hours and 30 minutes, depending on the pace of walking. The ascent of the mountain is of medium difficulty, is not so steep compared with the mountain of Huayna Picchu.
But be very careful with the itinerary: check well the train schedule (round trip), do not forget to include the time of the buses (up and down) and above all consider the time of entry into the city and mountains.
If you have, two days:
People who have two days and decided to stay overnight in Machu Picchu or Aguas Calientes, which is the point of arrival of trains, is located along the Vilcanota River, there are numerous hotels, restaurants and assorted craft market.
From this village, you can make several walks that follow in detail:
- Hike to the waterfalls of Mandor: Be part of Aguas Calientes, in a straight line, it lasts for 2-3 hours round trip, you walk through a landscape of jungle, observing different types of orchids, tea, bananas, pineapples, etc. You can see a variety of butterflies, birds and insects. In the same place, you have the opportunity to see the spectacular fall of a waterfall.
- Climbing to the Putucusi Mountain: Caution is advised with this walk, as it is high risk. Do not make it in the rainy season (November to March). It goes up very steep steps that require special skills. The view from the top of the mountain is unique, mountain of Huayna Picchu, you will dominate overlooking of the Machu Picchu Mountain, Huayna Picchu Mountain and the Inca City of course, as just reward to the effort.
- Learn more tourist attractions located around Machu Picchu Pueblo.
Visits in the town of Aguas Calientes:
- There are few medicinal mineral hot spring baths a few minutes from town.
- Orchid Garden in the Inka Terra Hotel, takes 40 minutes, with the authorization of the administration.
- Visit the site museum Manuel Chavez Ballon, lasts 1 hour.
- Museum of Models, lasts 40 minutes.
- Craft Market Machu Picchu Pueblo.
If you have, four days:
Of course we recommend making the Classic Inca Trail 4 days and 3 nights. For this hike, it is necessary to reserve your space months in advance, you can only go with a travel agency, and the recommended period is the dry season (May to October). For more information about the Inca Trail contact with firstname.lastname@example.org.
In February this route is closed, for maintenance and for being the rainiest time. The Inca Trail is done by sections through different altitudes from 2,400 m. up to 4,200 m. the highest point; through landscapes of jungle and highlands. It is a fascinating walk where you can see various flora and fauna and you can see different Inca archaeological monuments. You reach the impressive Inca city, at a high point, called Inti Punku or sacred gateway to the city of Machu Picchu.
By Ticket Machu Picchu – Last Update, 03-08-2015