Machu Picchu is on the bucket list of most people who travel. The Inca site is surrounded in mystery and the spiritual presence is like nothing that you will experience anywhere. The site is set on the side of a mountain high in the Andes Mountains and what are the best Machu Picchu tours on offer to show you this spectacular place and one of the Seven Wonders of the World.
Many people choose to do a day tour to Machu Picchu. What this involves an early morning pickup in Cusco from your hotel. Transfer to the train station in either Cusco or in the Sacred Valley. There are several different trains that you can catch and this will depend on your budget, there is the Expedition train, which is the tourist train, or the Vistadome train, which is a little more luxurious. On any train trip to Machu Picchu you will arrive at Aguas Calientes which the town below Machu Picchu. From there catch the bus up the winding road up to gate of Machu Picchu. Discover Machu Picchu in a private tour and hear all the history and legends of this magnificent site.
Another option you should consider is to take a 2-day tour to Machu Picchu. What this involves is taking the train to Machu Picchu on the first day and doing a tour, staying overnight and going back to Machu Picchu the second to explore some more on your own.
While at Machu Picchu, try to go to Huayna Picchu. Huayna Picchu is the mountain you see in all the pictures in front of Machu Picchu. The hike to the top is steep but the views are wonderful especially on a clear day. You need to book the entrance ticket in advance.
Machu Picchu Mountain, the hike is 3 hours return but again the views are worth the hike.
For those of you who prefer a free hike there are two that you can enjoy. The first is a walk to the Sun Gate. Here is where the hikers enter Machu Picchu; the views from the gate are great especially on a clear day. The second is a walk to the Inca Bridge, this is said to be where the Inca armies entered Machu Picchu. These days you cannot go on the bridge but can see it from a viewing point close by.
For those of you who love a challenge than trekking maybe for you. The Inca Trail is the most popular trek to Machu Picchu, this four-day trek takes you past high mountain peaks, through cloud forests and you will see some ancient Inca ruins. Three night camping and discussing the day will make some new friends. On the last day, you will arrive at the Sun gate and have your first view of Machu Picchu.
If you do not want to trek for four days than there is the two day Inca trail that you can do. You will walk for 6 hours on the first day and stay the night at a basic hotel near Machu Picchu. The next day take your tour to the site and catch the train back to Cusco the next day.
Some would consider that taking the luxury train to Machu Picchu is a tour in itself. The Hiram Bingham train is the ultimate in luxury, the train leaves Cusco most days and you will travel through the Sacred Valley until you reach the station below Machu Picchu. Experience the ruin on a private professional tour and hear all the history of the impressive site. The train features a dining car, an observation car and luxurious seating. On arriving to the station in Cusco, you will be treated to a live show of local people dancing. While traveling to Machu Picchu enjoy cocktails and an elegant lunch in the dining car.
After you finished your tour in Machu Picchu travel back down to the town of Aguas Calientes where there is much to see and do. Just outside of town is the hot springs, here you can relax and rest in the bubbly hot springs. The views of the mountains from the springs is worth the entrance fee. If you are interested in visiting the hot springs of Aguas Calientes, do not forget to take your swimmers. Locate the springs on your Machu Picchu Map.
When you are planning your best Machu Picchu tours, you will also need to consider what hotel you will need to use. There are many hotels near Machu Picchu from the budget to the luxury. Some of the hotels worth mentioning are for the luxury traveler, The Belmond Sanctuary Hotel. Located at the gates of Machu Picchu, this is the only hotel at the sacred site. In the town of Aguas Calientes, you will find other five star hotels and one of the best four-star hotels in the town is the Casa del Sol. If you want to book this hotel, make sure you get a room with a view of the river. If your budget will not stretch as far as a four star hotel than there are plenty of hotels to suit. The town also features many great restaurants.
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