Traveling to Machu Picchu is a trip that will take you back in time through nature, with sweeping panoramic views and breathtaking natural scenery. Whether you’re taking the luxurious passenger train from Cusco to the summit or hiking the ancient Inca Trail up the mountainside, anyone who is interested in viewing the ancient Incan ruins and meeting friendly llamas and alpacas can find a way to Machu Picchu. To get the most out of your visit, however, choose Machu Picchu guided tours of the site instead of simply trekking on your own.
The Value of Machu Picchu Guided Tours
When you choose Machu Picchu guided tours that include train passage, you’ll enjoy meals, luxurious accommodations, and insight about the journey from native, professionally multi-lingual guides. Your tour begins in historic Cusco City, which is nestled in the foothills of the Andes Mountains, and continues with different points of interest along the train ride. Once you’ve reached the summit, your guide will walk you through the ruins of Machu Picchu, telling the story of ancient Incan city dwellers and the history of the people.
If you prefer to hike to Machu Picchu, then congratulations! Your journey along the Incan Trail could include arriving at the Sun Gate at dawn – a privilege reserved for hikers. In fact, you won’t be able to hike the Incan Trail without a guide. Although all with the physical capabilities to hike for three to four days up the mountain are welcome, solo and group hikes without a licensed guide are forbidden.
Not to worry – the guided hikes up the trail include viewing lesser-known ruins not visible from the train, as well as breathtaking scenery up the mountains, through rainforests, then the cloud bank, and up to the peak. With comfortable campsites along the way, and an easy pace set by experienced guides, your Machu Picchu guided tours will be an experience to remember.
At the summit of the mountains lies the ancient city of Machu Picchu, now green, lush, and home to friendly alpacas. Your hiking guide doubles as a tour guide of the city, showing you details about the buildings and theories from archaeologists about the civilization that lived there centuries before.
To learn more about the Machu Picchu guided tours that we offer, get in touch with Alpaca Expeditions. Alpaca Expeditions is a Peruvian travel operator with a main office in located in Cusco, Peru, and we are the top-rated tour operators of the Inca Trail.