Machu picchu hikes: short trails and multi-day camping treks

You can hike one of 5 short trails within the new 7 wonders of the world(Machu Picchu) or take multi-day camping treks to Machu Picchu. Choose from these Machu Picchu hikes to improve your visit!


There are 5 self-guided hikes within Machu Picchu Citadel that offer some interesting perspectives on the ruins and surrounding scenery. let’s have a look at these 5 Machu Picchu Hikes.

Huayna Picchu Mountain

Huayna Picchu mountain is a hike that you shouldn’t miss if you are visiting Machu Picchu. Make sure to book (months) ahead of time. Permits are obligatory and run out fast. If want to buy it when you arrive in Cusco, it will be very late. The most amazing aspect of this trek is the 360-degree view from the top, which overlooks the new 7 marvels of the world, the snaking Wilconota (Urubamba) River, and the lush mountainous landscape. We highly recommend you hike.  Read more….

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Machu Picchu Mountain

Machu Picchu Mountain is sknown as Montaña Machu Picchu. It stands above Machu Picchu ruins which you can hike. It offers The scenic view of Machu Picchu Citadel, Salkantay Glacier, Huayna Picchu Mountain, the snaking Wilkamayu (Urubamba) River,  the lush mountainous landscape, and the last part of the  Inca Trail 4 days. Many traveler mistake Machu Picchu Mountain for Machu Picchu Citadel. They are not the same. To hike this mountain you need to buy a ticket, and you should book 3 months in advance. Learn more….

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Sun Gate

One of the best Machu Picchu hikes is the Sun Gate. This place within the Inca ruins offers a unique vista of the archaeological site of Picchu Picchu. It is located at 2,699 masl(9,809 ft). The hike is gradual and it is not as steep as hiking Huayna Picchu and Machu Picchu Mountain. It takes a 1.5 – 2 hours round trip hike. Learn more….

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Inca Bridge

The Inca Bridge is one of the greatest examples of Incan architecture in Machu Picchu Citadel. It is located in the west of the Inca ruins of Mapi. It takes 40 minutes round trip hiking to get there. It is one of the less-known tourist spots by travelers. However, visiting and appreciating this bridge is worth it. If you don´t like steep uphill Machu Picchu hikes such as Huayna Picchu Picchu. We recommend you choose this option. It is a 100% flat walk. Learn more….

Huchuy Picchu Mountain

Huchuy Picchu Mountain is an extra hike within Machu Picchu Citadel. It is located next to Huayna Picchu mountain. Its height reaches 2,497 masl. It takes 1 hour to hike round trip.  Once you are at the Summit, you will see Machu Picchu fom a different angle. to hike this mountain, you have to buy a ticket to ‘Machupicchu + Huchuy Picchu’.

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