We recommend a charter flight to see this legendary city in the sky
A 15th-century Incan citadel high in the Andes Mountains of Peru, Machu Picchu is one of the world’s most iconic and awe-inspiring archaeological sites. Constructed along a mountain ridge that soars more than a mile into the sky, this “Lost City of the Incas” is a timeless reminder of the ancient civilization that once dominated this part of the world.
Global Air Charters has experience flying to the nearby Alejandro Velasco Astete Airport (SPZO), and we will help to ensure that your Peruvian adventure is one you will never forget. Contact our dedicated flight brokers now to learn more.
However, this is no ordinary vacation getaway, and we have some tips for first-time visitors planning a trip to this one-of-a-kind destination.
Best Time to Visit Machu Picchu
While most tourists visit Peru in that country’s winter months of June through August, we encourage our clients to visit Machu Picchu in April or May. When the weather is pleasant and mild and the crowds are smaller. Then you can explore the site more leisurely and avoid the hustle and bustle of the peak tourist season.
Planning Your Visit
Because Machu Picchu is such a popular destination, planning your visit is important to avoid disappointment. The site is open every day of the year, but the number of visitors is limited, and purchasing your entrance ticket in advance is recommended.
Additionally, booking your train tickets, accommodations, and any guided tours in advance is a good idea to ensure availability. Get in touch with your GAC broker to discuss your visit to Machu Picchu.
Getting to Machu Picchu
The first step is getting to Peru. Then from the airport in Cusco, take a train to the town of Aguas Calientes, the gateway to the citadel. There is a regular train service between Cusco and Machu Picchu, but we suggest a trip on the luxurious Hiram Bingham.
If you’re feeling ultra-adventurous, you can hike to the site along the famous Inca Trail, though this requires special permits and can take several days.
Exploring Machu Picchu
Once you arrive in Aguas Calientes, the Machu Picchu site is just a short bus ride away. From there, you can explore the citadel on your own or with a guide. If you choose to go with a guide, they will provide you with detailed information about the history and significance of Machu Picchu.
Machu Picchu is a UNESCO World Heritage Site and a protected area, so there are rules and regulations to protect the site. For example, visitors are prohibited from bringing in food or drink, and climbing on the ruins is strictly prohibited. Additionally, there are designated walking paths and areas where visitors can explore. It’s essential to follow these guidelines to preserve the site for future generations.
Be prepared for the altitude when visiting Machu Picchu. The site sits 2,430 meters (7,970 feet) above sea level, which can cause altitude sickness in some people. Travelers are encouraged to spend a few days acclimating to the altitude in Cusco or other nearby towns before ascending to the Machu Picchu site. Stay hydrated and pace yourself when exploring the site to avoid altitude sickness.
Visiting Machu Picchu is a singular and unforgettable experience. With careful planning and preparation, your trip to this ancient mountain citadel will be the adventure of a lifetime.