Machu Picchu is one of the several places you need to visit at least one time in your life, it’s not only an ancient Incan citadel but also a getaway to explore the Andes Mountains of Peru. The place, nestled high in the mountain, welcomes millions of tourists each year who are seeking awe-inspiring landscapes, rich history, and mystical vibes.

The ancient citadel was built in the mid-15th century and stands as one of the most iconic archaeological sites on our planet. Its exceptional stone carvings have survived earthquakes for over 500 years, leaving us in awe of the Inca civilization’s engineering.

But beyond its architectural marvels lies a mystery waiting to be unraveled. Let’s embark on a journey to explore the secrets of Machu Picchu and the best way to explore it.

Preparing for Your Trip

The first thing you need to do is prepare for your trip. The best way to do that is by choosing the right time to visit.

Best Time to Visit:

While it’s true that Machu Picchu welcomes visitors year-round, the best time to visit it is during the dry season, which is from May to September, but keep in mind that it also marks the tourist season, and while crowds are inevitable the weather is a lot sunnier, and you can stay clear from rainy days.

On the other hand, the rainy season (from October to April) brings lush greenery, but be prepared for unpredictable weather, and more rainy days.

The next step is to choose an agency or company to visit Machu Picchu.

Best Companies to Visit Machu Picchu

The best way to explore it is through the lens of a reputable tour company that can enhance your experience. That way you don’t need to worry about several other steps like transportation, booking times, entrance fees, and other stuff.

Here are some top options:

1. Guruexplorers (Recommended)

If you’re looking for an authentic and immersive adventure, Tours Guruexplorers comes highly recommended.

As a relatively new international tour agency, they’ve swiftly made a name for themselves by focusing on providing unique and local experiences tailored for each tourist.

They have created several different packages offering different amenities or combining Machu Picchu with other landmarks, making their in-depth cultural tours, exploration options, and hiking expeditions the best options to ensure you gain an intimate understanding of Peru’s rich heritage.

2. G Adventures

G Adventures is a renowned tour company that specializes in exploratory travel. A good draw about this agency is its commitment to sustainable tourism and community engagement, setting them apart from others.

With G Adventures, you’ll be able to delve into the heart of Machu Picchu, while connecting with local communities and leaving a positive impact.

3. Alpaca Expeditions

For adventure seekers, Alpaca Expeditions offers thrilling treks to Machu Picchu, being the Inca Trail, their most popular tour.

Their knowledgeable guides will lead you along the ancient trails, sharing fascinating stories and ensuring your safety throughout the journey as well as different amenities.

4. AB Expeditions

AB Expeditions is another local agency that caters to both seasoned hikers and beginners. Their well-organized tours provide a seamless experience, from transportation to accommodations.

Plus, they prioritize responsible travel practices. Not only that, they offer different packages of the Inca Trail, a 4-day tour and 2-day tour, making it even more accessible for those that need a different adventure.

Now, the step is making sure you pack the right gear and follow other tips.

Packing Essentials

Every journey starts with packing the essential items you’ll need, and like I always say: when packing, less is truly more. Keep in mind that Machu Picchu is situated in a higher place, so you can expect colder winds and chilly weather.

So, make sure you pack a jacket and a raincoat. Also, be prepared to hike, there’s no other way to visit the ancient city so, packing walking but comfortable sneakers is a must. On the other hand, if you feel more comfortable with hiking boots, make sure to pack them too.

For pants, a pair of waterproof pants will be a good idea, otherwise, a pair of joggers will be great.

Here’s a list:

  • Comfortable Footwear: You’ll do a fair amount of walking, so wear sturdy, comfortable shoes.
  • Layers: Dress in layers to adapt to changing weather conditions. Mornings can be chilly, but it warms up as the day progresses.
  • Rain Gear: Pack a lightweight rain jacket or poncho, especially if you’re visiting during the wet season (November to March).
  • Sun Protection: Bring a hat, sunglasses, and sunscreen to shield yourself from the strong Andean sun.


The next step is often overlooked by many people and is one of the most important for visiting the citadel without issues.

Machu Picchu sits at an elevation of approximately 2,430 meters (7,970 feet), which really high, we are talking about an on-top-of-a-mountain kind of elevation.

So, to prevent altitude sickness, you need to spend a day or two acclimatizing in Cusco (3,400 meters) before heading to Machu Picchu and make sure to stay hydrated, drink plenty of water, and avoid alcohol during your acclimatization period.