To the Lost City Machu Picchu

Hiking route · Peru
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Difficulty
moderate
Distance
9 km
Duration
4:01h
Ascent
1110 m
Descent
820 m
Round trip Scenic Cultural/historical value Summit route
The ruined city above the clouds on the mountain Machu Picchu is one of the most impressive buildings in the world. The city in the middle of the Amazon forest was built by the Incas in the 15th century and fell into oblivion over three centuries until it was rediscovered in 1911. Since then, it is one of the most beautiful places on earth.
Machu Picchu is a hidden Inca city in the Peruvian Andes – the most famous sight in South America.

The hike starts in the village of Aguas Calientes at the foot of the mountain and leads then on the Avenida Hermanos Ayar path to Machu Picchu. Numerous tour busses are passing by to fight their way up the mountain. But a real Outdooractivist enjoys the tour on foot. After we have climbed the mountain, we have time to relax at the ticket office. All the pain from the hard ascent is forgotten when we see the breath-taking scenery of the city. The ruins and the location are very convincing and unique. The view over the ruined city in the mountains northeast of Cusco is fantastic.

Afterwards, you can take either the bus or walk back down.

Author’s recommendation

There are many busses on the road. Alternatively, a food path can be taken, which leads over many steps uphill.
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Difficulty
moderate
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Landscape
Highest point
2464 m
Lowest point
2033 m
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Safety information

Stay on the paved ways and look out for the busses passing by.

Tips, hints and links

www.machupicchu.gob.pe

Start

Aguas Calientes (2052 m)
Coordinates:
Geographic
-13.154423, -72.525584
UTM
18L 768237 8544468

Destination

Machu Picchu

Turn-by-turn directions

Follow the serpentines uphill and pay attention to the busses passing by.

Public transport

Train

A railway line from Cusco leads to Aguas Calientes.

Bus

From the centre in Aguas Calientes, numerous buses drive up the long serpentine route to Machu Picchu.

Arrival by train, car, foot or bike

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Equipment

hiking daypack (approx. 20 liters) with rain cover, comfortable and sturdy footwear, adequate and durable outdoor clothing in multiple layers, telescope sticks if necessary, sun and rain protection, snacks and drinking water, first aid kit, penknife, mobile phone, headlight if necessary, maps
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Sebastian Stadler
Updated: March 17, 2020

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