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Machu Picchu Destination Guide

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Your guide from the Luxury Travel Specialists


Welcome to the Elegant Resorts Destination Guide for Machu Picchu, created to help make your choice of luxury holiday as easy as possible. Here, you will find more detailed factual information about the destination you have selected.

If you require further information, not featured on this page, please call one of our Luxury Travel Specialists.

Overview+

Language Spanish
Time Difference -5 hours
Currency Peruvian Sol
Voltage 220 volts

Iconic Machu Picchu is located high in the mountains of Peru and is one of the New Seven Wonders of the World. Near to the city of Cuzco, this mesmerising wonder is the city’s star attraction and rises out of the cloud forest at 2,430 metres, with the Urubamba River flowing below. Having been built by the Inca emperor in a typical Inca style, the dry-stone walls and everything else that encapsulates Machu Picchu has been protected as a UNESCO World Heritage Site since 1983.

Highlights+
History

Being built around 1450-1460, in the period of Inca rulers, Machu Picchu (‘Old Mountain’ in Quechua) is an astonishing structure that demonstrates the style of the Inca. However, it became a secret for hundreds of years before Hiram Bingham, an American historian, discovered the wonder accidently in 1911 while looking for Vilcabamba. Appearing to have been created by the Inca to become a secret ceremonial city Machu Picchu is truly breathtaking. Made from large stones that have been carved by hand to seamlessly fit together, giving the masterpiece intricate detailing. The Inca trail is an attraction itself to some people, being approximately 43 kilometres long and taking days to complete. The Incas built nearly 40,000 kilometres of trail to connect the different corners of their vast empire with the classic trail being part of this network.

Luxury Travel to Machu Picchu

There are many ways to get to Machu Picchu, from rail travel to a hike along the Inca Trail. Belmond Hiram Bingham is definitely the more comfortable option! Travelling from Cuzco, and taking around 3-and-a-half hours, time will fly as you discover amazing, ever-changing, scenery and indulge in a three-course meal, perfectly paired with Peruvian wine. Upon arrival at Machu Picchu, revel in an afternoon exploring this monumental site. When evening comes, return to Cuzco and indulge in more amazing cuisine that takes inspiration from South American delicacies. Prior to your meal, why not enjoy a Pisco Sour, the national drink of Peru.

Hike to Machu Picchu

There are various trail options for getting to Machu Picchu. The Classic Trail is very popular, normally taking trekkers four to five days to complete a total distance of 43 kilometres. The trail requires a decent level of fitness and reaching an altitude of 4,200 metres, altitude sickness is not uncommon, so it is important to acclimatise prior to embarking on this adventure. Another option is the Short Inca Trail, taking two to three days and covering a total of 13 kilometres and reaching an altitude of 2,700 metres. Both trails encompass many archaeological sites. For ultimate adventurers, the Inca Trail Combo takes around seven days, covering 65 kilometres. On this trail, you’ll reach an altitude of 4,900 metres, often making altitude sickness a real problem. An excellent level of fitness is required.

Travel Gems+

Travel Planning
Our Travel Consultants can advise on, arrange and pre-book many things to enhance your holiday. This includes everything from spa reservations and dinner reservations, to a range of special experiences available in our featured resorts that you may not know about.

Climate+

Cuzco's climate is consistent, making it an optimal destination for a holiday throughout most of the year, if you don’t like too much heat. The hotter months are October to April, with average temperatures of 11°C and the coldest is July, at 7°C. The rainy season tends to be from November to April, however December can be a good time to visit despite this.

Temperature Guide

These figures show monthly average maximum temperatures and monthly average rainfall for Machu Picchu.

  Temp °C Rain mm
January11155
February11136
March11120
April1146
May98
June82
July74
August98
September1023
October1140
November1168
December11116

Getting There+

Please contact our Travel Consultants for flight information.

Travel Documentation+

Travelling With Children or Without an Adult

Children travelling without both parents should be aware that some countries require documentary evidence of parental responsibility before allowing lone parents to enter the country (for example, South Africa) or, in some cases, before permitting the children to leave the country. Please contact the relevant Embassy for the county you are travelling to for further information.

Visa and Advance Passenger Information

All passengers must ensure they have a valid, acceptable passport, any required visa and any other documentation for both the final destination and any stop-off points en route. Please make sure that Advance Passenger Information is submitted in advance to travel for all destinations. Failure to hold correct documentation or submitting incorrect details with Advance Passenger Information or Visa applications may result in refusal of carriage or entry into a country. Please check with the relevant Embassy regarding visa requirements well in advance of your travel date. Charges may apply for some visas.

Passengers not travelling on a British Passport are advised to contact their relevant Foreign & Commonwealth office for individual Visa requirements.

For up-to-date resort information, visit www.fco.gov.uk

Health+

Health facilities, hygiene and disease risks vary worldwide and you should take health advice about your specific needs from your general practitioner or a specialist clinic as early as possible before travel. Those planning to become pregnant should discuss their travel plans with their healthcare provider to assess their risk of infection with Zika. For information about Zika, other mosquito-borne diseases (such as Dengue fever and Chikungunya), Lyme Disease (caused by tick bites), and to receive advice on mosquito bite avoidance measures, please visit http://travelhealthpro.org.uk/insect-tick-bite-avoidance/

In addition, we highly recommend that you seek specialist advice from your doctor and, where recommended, obtain vaccinations or tablets for protection against, for example: Malaria, Hepatitis A, Polio and Typhoid. In some cases, treatments for Malaria should begin well in advance of travel. Travellers may also be required to show Yellow Fever Certificates on arrival in certain destinations ie, some African countries. Please note that you are strongly advised against scuba-diving for 24 hours before travelling by air. We would also like to draw your attention to the risk of DVT (Deep Vein Thrombosis) and recommend that you consult with your doctor before travelling.

Visit the FCO website and select your destination country for the very latest travel advice: https://www.gov.uk/foreign-travel-advice. Additional sources of information include: www.hpa.org.uk, http://nathnac.net, www.fco.gov.uk, www.hpa.org.uk and www.nathnac.org, your General Practitioner or a specialised clinic.

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Our dedicated Americas Experts are ready to help you design your luxury holiday to Machu Picchu. Furthermore, we have 2 Luxury Travel Specialists who have personally visited Machu Picchu and can offer you their first-hand knowledge and experience.

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