Best Hikes in Machu Picchu

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Best Hikes in Machu Picchu

We show you the best hikes in Machu Picchu, the best way to get in touch with the natural environment and revive all the history that surrounds this place!

Hike through the Putukusi Mountain

Going from Aguas Calientes you may find one of the best hikes in Machu Picchu, a very exciting trail that will lead you to the peak of the Putukusi Mountain, a place of control and surveillance of the old city of Machu Picchu.

It takes about two hours to reach the summit. From there, the view of the city of Machu Picchu and the main hills that surround it is majestic! It is not a highly difficult trekking, but it does require being properly fit to go up the endless rows of stairs.

There are five wooden and metal stairs to get started on this intrepid journey. Each of them is about 6 to 8 meters high. During the ascent you can truly appreciate the beautiful wildflowers, old ferns and colorful butterflies that embellish the dangerous abysses.

  • Duration: 4 hours. Difficulty: High

Hiking through Wayna Picchu

Another highly recommended hiking in Machu Picchu is the one that leads to the peak of Wayna Picchu. The trail that leads to Wayna Picchu begins at the back of the Sacred Stone, in the north side of the city. The lowest part of the trail is a gorge that unites the two bodies of the mountains, whose height does not reach 2 meters.

It takes about an hour of hiking to reach the top of the Wayna Picchu, going through the zigzag shaped trail that flanks the western slope of the mountain. Halfway through there is another trail that leads you straight to the famous Moon Temple.

Throughout the trail we will encounter Inca sanctuaries and astronomical observatories. Wayna Picchu is the mountain from which one can appreciate the winding road of Machu Picchu and part of the town of Aguas Calientes.

  • Duration: 4 hours. Difficulty: High

Hike to Mandor

The Valley of Mandor is a natural reservoir located 4 km from Machu Picchu Pueblo (Aguas Calientes). To reach this valley and its fall, there is a hike which provides the opportunity to see all types of typical flora and fauna in an area surrounded by nature. The main feature of this trekking is the biodiversity that you will encounter throughout the trail, including hundreds of unique animal species and plants.

This is the Machu Picchu hike which stands out for its vegetation; the beautiful Machu Picchu orchids, recognized worldwide due to their arresting beauty. Among the fauna you may observe birds, beautiful butterflies and some small and harmless mammals such as the spectacled bear, the only bear species which inhabits South America. Finally, the Mandor Fall, which is 30 meters high, will surprise you pleasantly; it springs back to a river of glacial origin and through which crystalline water flows.

  • Duration: 4 hours. Difficulty: Medium

Recommendation and Tips to hike in Machu Picchu

  • Comfortable shoes
  • Bottle of water
  • Hat
  • Sunscreen
  • Sunglasses.

We invite you to visit Peru and to choose the Machu Picchu hike that you will most enjoy!


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