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Best trails in Machu Picchu

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Looking for a great trail in Machu Picchu , Cusco? AllTrails has 13 great hiking trails, views trails, walking trails and more, with hand-curated trail maps and driving directions as well as detailed reviews and photos from hikers, campers, and nature lovers like you. Gearing up for a challenge? There are 7 hard trails in Machu Picchu ranging from 1.9 to 6.8 miles and from 6,043 to 9,934 feet above sea level. Start checking them out and you'll be out on the trail in no time!
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#1 - Huayna Picchu Loop
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Length: 3.1 mi • Est. 2 h 15 m
Huayna Picchu (meaning "young peak") is one of the most popular destinations at Machu Picchu. It towers over the lost city of the Incas at 8,835 ft above sea level. The mountain has a trail on its side leading up the temples and terraces at the top where the Incan high priest resided. The Temple of the Moon sits on the side of the mountain (other major local temples include: the Temple of the Condor, Temple of Three Windows, and Temple of the Sun). Huayna Picchu is restricted to 400 visitors a day with two different entry times (see below). The hike is steep at times and certain portions include steel cables to provide support. Hiking conditions are recommended during the dry season from May to September. NOTE: The government of Peru has placed strict restrictions on visitation to the ruins. There are a few ways to reach Machu Picchu--by train, by the Inca Trail, or by a combination of both and through the KM 104 Trail. Take your pick! If you opt by foot, both of those treks are with the help of guides. If you get in by train, there is a bus that will take you to the entrance gates from Aguas Calientes. In 2019, tourists have a maximum of 4 hours of visitation to ensure a steady flow of traffic. There are three types of entries and times (subject to change): Machu Picchu only ($70 USD for foreign tourists): 6 am to 12 pm 12 pm to 5:30 pm Machu Picchu + Huayna Picchu ($86 USD for foreign tourist): 6 am to 1 pm (entrance to Huayna from 7 am to 8 am) 6 am to 2 pm (entrance to Huayna from 10 am to 11 am) Machu Picchu + Mountain ($86 USD for foreign tourist): 6 am to 2 pm (entrance to Machu Picchu Mountain from 7 am to 8 am) 6 am to 3 pm (entrance to Machu Picchu Mountain from 9 am to 10 am)Show more
#2 - Machu Picchu Main Gate, Temples, and Inca Bridge
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Length: 3.9 mi • Est. 2 h 53 m
Once inside Machu Picchu, this route guides you to several must-see main places at the ruins. You will go through the Main Gate and then visit the Inca Bridge, which is referred to as a "secret entrance" to the sacred city. You will also pass by the Temple of the Three Windows, the Sacred Plaza, Huchuy Picchu, Huayna Picchu, the Moon Temple, the Condor Temple, and the Sun Temple. You will not be disappointed. NOTE: The government of Peru has placed restrictions on visitation to the ruins. There are a few ways to reach Machu Picchu--by train, by the Inca Trail, or by a combination of both and through the KM 104 Trail. Take your pick! If you opt by foot, both of those treks are with the help of guides. If you get in by train, there is a bus that will take you to the entrance gates from Aguas Calientes. In 2019, tourists have a maximum of 4 hours of visitation to ensure a steady flow of traffic. There are three types of entries and times (subject to change): Machu Picchu only ($70 USD for foreign tourists): 6 am to 12 pm 12 pm to 5:30 pm Machu Picchu + Huayna Picchu ($86 USD for foreign tourist): 6 am to 1 pm (entrance to Huayna from 7 am to 8 am) 6 am to 2 pm (entrance to Huayna from 10 am to 11 am) Machu Picchu + Mountain ($86 USD for foreign tourist): 6 am to 2 pm (entrance to Machu Picchu Mountain from 7 am to 8 am) 6 am to 3 pm (entrance to Machu Picchu Mountain from 9 am to 10 am)Show more
#3 - Machu Picchu Summit
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Length: 2.4 mi • Est. 2 h 11 m
NOTE: The government of Peru has placed restrictions on visitation to the ruins. There are a few ways to reach Machu Picchu--by train, by the Inca Trail, or by a combination of both and through the KM 104 Trail. Take your pick! If you opt by foot, both of those treks are with the help of guides. If you get in by train, there is a bus that will take you to the entrance gates from Aguas Calientes. In 2019, tourists have a maximum of 4 hours of visitation to ensure a steady flow of traffic. There are three types of entries and times (subject to change): Machu Picchu only ($70 USD for foreign tourists): 6 am to 12 pm 12 pm to 5:30 pm Machu Picchu + Huayna Picchu ($86 USD for foreign tourist): 6 am to 1 pm (entrance to Huayna from 7 am to 8 am) 6 am to 2 pm (entrance to Huayna from 10 am to 11 am) Machu Picchu + Mountain ($86 USD for foreign tourist): 6 am to 2 pm (entrance to Machu Picchu Mountain from 7 am to 8 am) 6 am to 3 pm (entrance to Machu Picchu Mountain from 9 am to 10 am)Show more
#4 - Sun Gate Loop
Machu Picchu
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Length: 2.4 mi • Est. 1 h 35 m
NOTE: The government of Peru has placed restrictions on visitation to the ruins. There are a few ways to reach Machu Picchu--by train, by the Inca Trail, or by a combination of both and through the KM 104 Trail. Take your pick! If you opt by foot, both of those treks are with the help of guides. If you get in by train, there is a bus that will take you to the entrance gates from Aguas Calientes. In 2019, tourists have a maximum of 4 hours of visitation to ensure a steady flow of traffic. There are three types of entries and times (subject to change): Machu Picchu only ($70 USD for foreign tourists): 6 am to 12 pm 12 pm to 5:30 pm Machu Picchu + Huayna Picchu ($86 USD for foreign tourist): 6 am to 1 pm (entrance to Huayna from 7 am to 8 am) 6 am to 2 pm (entrance to Huayna from 10 am to 11 am) Machu Picchu + Mountain ($86 USD for foreign tourist): 6 am to 2 pm (entrance to Machu Picchu Mountain from 7 am to 8 am) 6 am to 3 pm (entrance to Machu Picchu Mountain from 9 am to 10 am)Show more
#5 - Wiñay Wayna
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Length: 6.2 mi • Est. 4 h 25 m
Meaning "eternal youth" or "forever young", Wiñay Wayna sits next to Machu Picchu overlooking the Urubamba River. The site can be reached on the Inca trail or from the Machu Picchu entrance (shown here). It is built steep into the hillside and overlooks numerous upper and lower house clusters; it's connected by a staircase and fountain structures (sometimes referred to as "baths"). NOTE: The government of Peru has placed restrictions on visitation to the ruins. There are a few ways to reach Machu Picchu--by train, by the Inca Trail, or by a combination of both and through the KM 104 Trail. Take your pick! If you opt by foot, both of those treks are with the help of guides. If you get in by train, there is a bus that will take you to the entrance gates from Aguas Calientes. In 2019, tourists have a maximum of 4 hours of visitation to ensure a steady flow of traffic. There are three types of entries and times (subject to change): Machu Picchu only ($70 USD for foreign tourists): 6 am to 12 pm 12 pm to 5:30 pm Machu Picchu + Huayna Picchu ($86 USD for foreign tourist): 6 am to 1 pm (entrance to Huayna from 7 am to 8 am) 6 am to 2 pm (entrance to Huayna from 10 am to 11 am) Machu Picchu + Mountain ($86 USD for foreign tourist): 6 am to 2 pm (entrance to Machu Picchu Mountain from 7 am to 8 am) 6 am to 3 pm (entrance to Machu Picchu Mountain from 9 am to 10 am)Show more
#6 - Huchuy Picchu
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Length: 1.2 mi • Est. 36 m
Huchuy Picchu sits right next to the more popular Huayna Picchu and is adjacent to the beautiful ruins of Machu Picchu. Although more hikers pass by Huchuy on their way to Huayna, it offers awesome views of Machu Picchu and the surrounding forested area with less foot traffic. The summit is a short walk and is a nice add-on to your Machu Picchu adventure. NOTE: The government of Peru has placed strict restrictions on visitation to the ruins. There are a few ways to reach Machu Picchu--by train, by the Inca Trail, or by a combination of both and through the KM 104 Trail. Take your pick! If you opt by foot, both of those treks are with the help of guides. If you get in by train, there is a bus that will take you to the entrance gates from Aguas Calientes. In 2019, tourists have a maximum of 4 hours of visitation to ensure a steady flow of traffic. There are three types of entries and times (subject to change): Machu Picchu only ($70 USD for foreign tourists): 6 am to 12 pm 12 pm to 5:30 pm Machu Picchu + Huayna Picchu ($86 USD for foreign tourist): 6 am to 1 pm (entrance to Huayna from 7 am to 8 am) 6 am to 2 pm (entrance to Huayna from 10 am to 11 am) Machu Picchu + Mountain ($86 USD for foreign tourist): 6 am to 2 pm (entrance to Machu Picchu Mountain from 7 am to 8 am) 6 am to 3 pm (entrance to Machu Picchu Mountain from 9 am to 10 am)Show more
#7 - Machu Picchu Hike to the Entrance
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Length: 2.1 mi • Est. 2 h 2 m
While most people take a bus up the steep road from Aguas Calientes to Machu Picchu, you can also walk! You will see the path on the right hand side of the road the bus takes. Allow 1.5-2 hours for the walk (vs about 30 min for the bus). You can also take the bus up and walk down at the end of the day.Show more
#8 - Inca Bridge
Machu Picchu
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Length: 1.4 mi • Est. 54 m
NOTE: The government of Peru has placed restrictions on visitation to the ruins. There are a few ways to reach Machu Picchu--by train, by the Inca Trail, or by a combination of both and through the KM 104 Trail. Take your pick! If you opt by foot, both of those treks are with the help of guides. If you get in by train, there is a bus that will take you to the entrance gates from Aguas Calientes. Tourists have a maximum of 4 hours of visitation to ensure a steady flow of traffic. There are three types of entries and times (subject to change): Machu Picchu only ($70 USD for foreign tourists): 6 am to 12 pm 12 pm to 5:30 pm Machu Picchu + Huayna Picchu ($86 USD for foreign tourist): 6 am to 1 pm (entrance to Huayna from 7 am to 8 am) 6 am to 2 pm (entrance to Huayna from 10 am to 11 am) Machu Picchu + Mountain ($86 USD for foreign tourist): 6 am to 2 pm (entrance to Machu Picchu Mountain from 7 am to 8 am) 6 am to 3 pm (entrance to Machu Picchu Mountain from 9 am to 10 am)Show more
#9 - Huayna Picchu
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Length: 0.9 mi • Est. 22 m
#10 - Los Jardines de Mandor
Machu Picchu
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Length: 4.8 mi • Est. 2 h 54 m
There are a few ways to reach Machu Picchu--by train, by the Inca Trail, or by a combination of both and through the KM 104 Trail. Take your pick! If you opt by foot, both of those treks are with the help of guides. If you get in by train, there is a bus that will take you to the entrance gates from Aguas Calientes. NOTE: The government of Peru has placed restrictions on visitation to the ruins. In 2019, tourists have a maximum of 4 hours of visitation to ensure a steady flow of traffic. There are three types of entries and times (subject to change): Machu Picchu only ($70 USD for foreign tourists): 6 am to 12 pm 12 pm to 5:30 pm Machu Picchu + Huayna Picchu ($86 USD for foreign tourist): 6 am to 1 pm (entrance to Huayna from 7 am to 8 am) 6 am to 2 pm (entrance to Huayna from 10 am to 11 am) Machu Picchu + Mountain ($86 USD for foreign tourist): 6 am to 2 pm (entrance to Machu Picchu Mountain from 7 am to 8 am) 6 am to 3 pm (entrance to Machu Picchu Mountain from 9 am to 10 am)Show more
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