Brought to the attention of Western culture by Hiram Bingham in 1911, this World Heritage Site, located on a limestone ridge some 600m above the Urubamba River, may well be the finest architectural achievement of the new world. No journey to Peru can be complete without seeing the '˜Lost City of the Incas’.
Reasons to visit Machu Picchu include:
Machu Picchu is open all year round, apart from February. The temperature is fairly consistent all year, but most people tend to go in the dry season, which is April through October.
For more information about when to travel in Peru, see our When to visit Peru page.
Welcoming small hotel at Ollantaytambo station with pretty gardens and en-suite rooms, perfect for exploring the Sacred Valley.
El MaPi is a modern hotel in Machu Picchu town offering comfortable contemporary accommodation
Inkaterra Machu Picchu is set amidst a private 12-acre area of cloud forest on the edge of Aguas Calientes.
The only hotel located adjacent to the Inca citadel of Machu Picchu.
These lodges provide comfort, hot showers, great food, jacuzzis and panoramic views along the Lares Cultural Trek.
Mountain Lodges of Peru comprise 4 luxury lodges along the Salcantay Route to Machu Picchu, providing high levels of comfort and service.
The 60 room Sumaq Hotel offers luxurious accommodation close to Machu Picchu.
Both KLM and Iberia have flights to Lima via Europe, leaving the UK early in the morning to arrive in Lima in the evening. The flight time is about 14 hours. It is also possible to fly to Lima via America.
Language: Spanish and Quechua are the official languages.
Not required for British travellers (up to 90 days). EC nationals can ask us for further advice.
There are no compulsory vaccinations, except yellow fever if visiting the rainforest. Malaria prophylactics are also recommended in the rainforest.