Where is Machu Picchu?
Machu Picchu is located in Southern Peru in the Peruvian Andes 2,430 metres above sea-level. The citadel is 80 kilometres (50 miles) northwest of Cusco – the ancient capital of the Incan Empire.
How do you get to Machu Picchu?
Most people visiting the famous citadel travel from Cusco the historic capital of the Incan Empire. Cusco is just 80km from mountain stronghold and is a destination in itself. There are three trains that run from Cusco to Machu Picchu Pueblo, the town that sits directly below the mountain stronghold. A 30 minute bus trip takes visitors up a winding road from the town to the ancient ruins.
Machu Picchu can also be reached on foot and is a popular rite of passage amongst trekkers. The Classic Inca Trail is a 4-day trek that takes you through breathtaking mountain scenery to the ancient Incan city. There are only 500 permits issued each day so booking well in advance is important to prevent disappointment.
Belmond Hiram Bingham Train to Machu Picchu
Where can I stay when visiting Machu Picchu?
The only hotel at the top of the mountain, Belmond Sanctuary Lodge is in an unrivalled location just steps from the sanctuary entrance. Guests will have first chance to explore the citadel before the buses arrive in the early morning. Alternatively there are a number of sensational hotel options in Aguas Calientes (Machu Picchu Pueblo) including Inkaterra Machu Picchu Pueblo and El Mapi Hotel by Inkaterra.