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Machu Picchu Hiking Tours

Visit the world famous Inca citadel on Machu Picchu hiking tours with experienced local guides.
A man hiking on the Inca Trail to Machu Picchu, Peru.
Inca Trail
The classic hike to Machu Picchu.
Couple dressed in ponchos watching the ruins of Machu Picchu
Lares Trek
Traditional villages, cultural immersion.
A hiker resting near a lake along the Salkantay Trek.
Salkantay Trek
The hidden gems of the Andes.
Senior woman hiking on suspension bridge on the way to Bridal Veil (Manto de la novia), waterfall in Cascades route, Banos, Ecuador
All-women trips
Hike in an all-woman environment.
A man hiking on the Inca Trail to Machu Picchu, Peru.
Inca Trail
The classic hike to Machu Picchu.
4-7 days /  From $579 /  3 Trips
Couple dressed in ponchos watching the ruins of Machu Picchu
Lares Trek
Traditional villages, cultural immersion.
4 days /  From $579 /  1 Trip
A hiker resting near a lake along the Salkantay Trek.
Salkantay Trek
The hidden gems of the Andes.
4-7 days /  From $579 /  2 Trips
Senior woman hiking on suspension bridge on the way to Bridal Veil (Manto de la novia), waterfall in Cascades route, Banos, Ecuador
All-women trips
Hike in an all-woman environment.
4 days /  From $579 /  1 Trip

Machu Picchu hiking tours

What do people think of our Machu Picchu Hiking Tours?
carmen larson

Yaritza was amazing. We had so much fun with her. She is knowledgeable & we loved listening to her talk about the history here. She went over and above. Unforgettable experience!

M H

I can’t even begin to describe this incredible adventure. It was the absolute best because of our guide Yaritza and the support from Crossover Peru! Please use them and you won’t regret it! The business actually cared that one of us got sick and made sure we were all able to reach our goal. The views were absolutely breathtaking and I appreciated Yaritza encouraging us to enjoy the “journey” to Machu Picchu and not just the end goal. The chef, Gregorio, was incredible and Aaron was our Lead Porter. They have the hardest and most important jobs and we felt like family by the end of our trek. This trip was life-changing. There were 5 of us from Missouri and then 6 other women that we met from Nashville and Wisconsin. They were all adventure-minded women and we bonded quickly over our time together. The encouragement and support from this group will not be forgotten and we now have new life-long friends. Thank you, Yaritza and our second guide, Luz, for everything!

Barbara Platero

Amazing experience!!! Thank you CrossoverPeru for making this trip incredible. Our guide Juan Carlos was a super guide. Thank you for your patience and knowledge. We learned so much and made it easy for us to enjoy Peru. I highly recommend to everyone!!!!

Barend Van Hoorebeke

Crossover Peru was a great guide for our Inca Trail adventure. Lidman did a good job ahead of the trip to confirm logistics, organize specific requirements related to the trip. Edwind was an awesome guide during the adventure / hike and on the trails. he was a great travel companion, keep everything and everyone organized during the hike and was knowledgeable about the areas, history etc. Overall, couldn\’t have asked for a better tour guide before, m during and after the trip. Mochas Gracias a todos!!

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Explore one of the greatest historic landmarks in the world

Unveiling the Lost City

Nestled amidst the peaks of the Peruvian Andes lies Machu Picchu, the Lost City of the Incas. To reach it, you’ll hike through cloud forests bursting with life, feel the spray of cascading waterfalls, and soak in panoramic vistas that will leave you breathless. Explore ancient temples, marvel at intricate stonework, and imagine the lives of the Inca people who thrived here centuries ago.

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Inca Ruins in Machu Picchu, Peru
Inca trail heading towards Machu Picchu, mountain range

Follow in the footsteps of the Incan Empire

Classic trails & hidden gems

  • Explore a wide range of hiking options for all skill levels. Inca Trail, Salkantay or Lares – all roads lead to Machu Picchu!

All-Women adventures

  • Join a women-only hiking group and explore Machu Picchu with like-minded adventurous ladies. Find confidence & comradery in the Andes.

Experienced Peruvian guides

  • Local experts will accompany you on your adventure, take care of the logistics, and keep you safe on your trek.
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Frequently Asked Questions About Machu Picchu Hiking Tours

  • The best time to book a Machu Picchu travel package depends on your priorities. Here’s a breakdown of the seasons:

    Dry Season (April to October): This is the most popular time to visit Machu Picchu, as the weather is generally sunny and dry with mild temperatures. However, it is also the busiest and most expensive time to visit.

    Shoulder Seasons (March, November): These months offer a good balance of good weather and fewer crowds. However, there is a higher chance of rain, especially in November.

    Rainy Season (December to February): The rainy season is the least crowded and most affordable time to visit Machu Picchu. However, the trails can be muddy and slippery, and some activities may be unavailable due to the weather.

    If you are planning to hike the Inca Trail, it is important to note that the trail is closed in February for maintenance.

  • The best time for your Machu Picchu trip package on what you want to do and see! Here’s a quick breakdown:

    1-2 days: The minimum amount of time you need to visit Machu Picchu itself. You can take a train from Cusco to Aguas Calientes, the town at the foot of Machu Picchu, and then hike or take a bus up to the citadel. You’ll have time to explore the ruins and take in the views, but you won’t have much time for other activities.

    3-4 days: This is a good amount of time to see Machu Picchu and also explore the Sacred Valley, the region surrounding Cusco that is full of Inca ruins and charming towns. You could also add on a short hike, such as the hike to Huayna Picchu, the mountain overlooking Machu Picchu.

    5-7 days or more: If you have more time, consider doing a multi-day trek to Machu Picchu, such as the Inca Trail. These treks take you through some of the most beautiful scenery in the Peruvian Andes and offer a unique way to experience the history and culture of the Inca Empire.

  • There are three different types of tickets for Machu Picchu:

    Machu Picchu Only Ticket: This ticket allows you to enter the Machu Picchu citadel itself. The cost is 152 Peruvian soles (approximately US$43) for adults, 77 Peruvian soles (approximately US$23) for students, and 70 Peruvian soles (approximately US$21) for children.

    Machu Picchu + Huayna Picchu Ticket: This ticket allows you to enter Machu Picchu and hike Huayna Picchu, the mountain overlooking the citadel. The cost is 200 Peruvian soles (approximately US$56) in addition to the entrance fee for Machu Picchu.

    Machu Picchu + Mountain Ticket: This ticket allows you to enter Machu Picchu and hike one of the other mountains near the citadel, such as Machu Picchu Mountain or Huchuy Picchu. The cost varies depending on the mountain, but it is typically around 100 Peruvian soles (approximately US$28) in addition to the entrance fee for Machu Picchu.

  • Yes, you absolutely can go to Machu Picchu without a tour! Exploring the ancient Inca citadel on your own is entirely possible, and it can be a rewarding way to experience this wonder of the world. However, here are some things you need to remember:

    • Book your tickets in advance: Entrance tickets to Machu Picchu, especially during peak season, sell out quickly. Be sure to book your tickets well in advance of your trip, especially if you’re interested in hiking Huayna Picchu or Machu Picchu Mountain. You can purchase tickets online at the official website of the Peruvian Ministry of Culture: https://www.machupicchu.gob.pe/:
    • Do your research: There are a lot of things to see and do at Machu Picchu, so it’s important to do your research and plan your itinerary. There are many resources available online and in guidebooks to help you plan your trip.
    • Consider hiring a local guide: While not mandatory, hiring a local guide can be a great way to learn more about Machu Picchu and the Inca Empire. They can provide insights into the history and culture of the site that you might not otherwise get.
    • Be prepared for the altitude: Machu Picchu is located at an altitude of approximately 2,430 meters (7,972 feet). If you are not used to being at high altitude, it is important to take some time to acclimatize before visiting Machu Picchu. This means drinking plenty of water, avoiding strenuous activity, and resting when needed.

    Keep in mind that booking a guided tour is the safest & most logistically simple option.

  • The difficulty of the different hiking trails to Machu Picchu varies greatly:

    The Inca Trail: The most famous hike to Machu Picchu is moderately challenging. The Inca Trail is a 4-day, 26-mile (43 km) hike that takes you through some of the most beautiful scenery in the Peruvian Andes. The trail is not for the faint of heart, as it involves a lot of uphill climbing and reaches an altitude of over 13,800 feet (4,200 meters).

    The Salkantay Trek: Salkantay is another popular pick, but it is considered to be the most difficult one due to the rugged terrain and significant altitude change. The Salkantay Trek is a 5-day, 32-mile (51 km) hike that takes you through the Salkantay Valley, past snow-capped mountains, turquoise lakes, and lush rainforests.

    The Lares Trek: A good option for those who are looking for a shorter and less challenging hike. The Lares Trek is a 4-day, 23-mile (37 km) hike that takes you through the Lares Valley, past traditional villages, and glacial lakes.

    In addition to these hikes, you can also take a bus or train up to Machu Picchu from the town of Aguas Calientes, or explore beginner-friendly Machu Picchu tours from Lima.

  • There are two main options for where you sleep when hiking to Machu Picchu:

    Camping: This is the most common option for those who are hiking the Inca Trail or other multi-day treks. Tour companies typically provide tents, sleeping bags, and sleeping mats for their trekkers. These camps are set up at designated campsites along the trail, which are chosen for their scenic beauty and flat terrain. 

    Hotels: If you are not interested in camping, you can also stay in hotels in the town of Aguas Calientes, which is located at the base of Machu Picchu. There are a variety of hotels to choose from, ranging from budget-friendly to luxury. You can then take a bus or train up to Machu Picchu in the morning.

  • Peru is generally considered a budget-friendly destination compared to other South American countries. It can be a very budget-friendly destination if you’re willing to embrace simple accommodations, local dining, and public transportation. However, it also caters to mid-range and luxury travelers with a variety of options to suit different budgets and preferences.

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