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Hiking Machu Picchu

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Most tourists to Machu Picchu arrive by train in the morning, spend 3-5 hours at the ruins and leave by train in the afternoon. But travelers in the know, who really want to experience the spirit of Machu Picchu and all it has to offer, stay overnight in town and spend at least a full day in the area. This collection of hikes will allow you to experience not only the the ruins of the main complex, but all the different facets of the Incan ceremonial center of Machu Picchu.
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Camino Inca, Peru
Intipunku, the Sun Gate, takes approximately one hour to reach. It is a mildly sloping trail but all up so you will be breathing heavy the entire way. There are some small ruins about halfway up the trail, but the point of this hike is to reach...
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Huayna Picchu, Peru
It’s all uphill. 2,100 steps, give or take a few. With lungs clamoring for air, it’s hard to remember to count. Downhill isn’t any easier. After your legs propel you up the narrow, stone steps, mercifully on the shady side of the mountain, they...
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Peru
The easy way to get up to the entrance of the citadel at Machu Picchu is to take a bus. It's can be a pretty scary ride with all the hairpin turns. So instead, hike up There are cut-troughs will help. It won't take more than an hour, and it will...
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Cerro Machu Picchu, Peru
The longest and hardest hike in the Sanctuario Historico Machu Picchu is up Montaña Machu Picchu, also called Cerro Machu Picchu. This towering mountain that is rarely in photographs is behind the ruins and the photogenic Huayna Picchu. Like its...
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Peru
The hike to Templo de la Luna is one that is often overlooked by travelers to Machu Picchu. Most visitors want to climb Huayna Picchu mountain, so they purchase the extra ticket. But included with that ticket is the chance to hike to the Templo de...
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Peru
Sure, you could pay the $19 US to take the 25 minute bus ride up to Machu Picchu, but consider instead the hike up the Camino Peatonal (Pedestrian Trail) to the ruins. It is a heart pounding and legs screaming walk of just over a hour up (only...
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Putucusi, Peru
Putucusi is a member of the chain of the mountains which includes Machu Picchu that makes a great day hike. This hike is not for the faint of heart though, because the first third of the 3-4 hour journey is not actually a hike at all, but a climb...
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Peru
I recently did the Inca trail hike to Machu Picchu - which was a 4 day trek passing through the most amazing terrain that changed almost hourly - and was always extraordinary. And as we hiked, we were treated like royalty from our tour guide and...