Extra Hikes And Things To Do In Machu Picchu

These activities are optional extras to do after you have completed your guided tour of the citadel. Each one will allow you to see Machu Picchu and the surrounding valleys from a different viewpoint.

Those who have done the Inca Trail will have seen Machu Picchu for the first time from the Sun Gate! This is one of the highlights of the trail and a big reason why so many people choose the Inca Trail hike.

Those doing the Alternative treks arrive at Machu Picchu from Aguas Calientes, stay a night in a hotel and take the shuttle bus to Machu Picchu at 5:30am to enjoy the sunrise.

Please have a look at the optional hikes and things to do at Machu Picchu provided below.

Huayna Picchu Mountain Information - Orange Nation Peru

Huayna Picchu Mountain Information

The famous Huayna Picchu Mountain (Quechua for Young Mountain), is located at 2,667m/8,750ft, and is part of the Andean foothills bordering the Amazon. Huayna Picchu is a very popular hike within the Machu Picchu Citadel. If you wish to add this hike on your tour or trek, it’s imperative to book early.

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Hike up to Machu Picchu Mountain - Orange Nation Peru

Hike up to Machu Picchu Mountain

Machu Picchu Mountain is the longer of the two mountain climbs within Machu Picchu, the views from the top are absolutely spectacular. You can appreciate the entire valley from your perch up here.

Be sure to ready your legs if you want to do this trek! It’s a lot of stairs to climb.

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Llactapata Ruins (View point to Machu Picchu) - Orange Nation

Llactapata Ruins (View point to Machu Picchu)

LLACTAPATA RUINS is Quechua, Llaqta means place (village, town, city, country, nation), pata means elevated place above a bank (of a river), pronounced ‘yakta-pahta’. This is an archaeological site about 5km (3.1 mi) west of Machu Picchu. The complex is located in the Cusco Region Santa Teresa District, and can be accessed on the Salkantay Trek (ask at the time of booking)

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Information about the Sun Gate - Orange Nation Peru

Information about the Sun Gate

The Sun Gate or Intipunku is made of steps that makes archeologists believe that this were some kind of control gate for the people who enter and leave Machu Picchu. It is one of the most important archeological constructions that connects with Machu Picchu. Unfortunately, after COVID, the Sun Gate can only be accessed by those doing the Inca Trail.

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information about the inka bridge at machu picchu - Orange Nation Peru

Information about the Inka Bridge at Machu Picchu

The trail to the Inca Bridge wraps around the backside of a mountain in the opposite direction of the Machu Picchu ruins. A special ticket is needed to walk the path, and daily traffic to the Inca Bridge is documented. This is a fantastic way to see another side of Machu Picchu, and since not many people come here, to get a little time away from the crowds.

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Hike up to the Putucusi Mountain - Orange Nation Peru

Hike up to the Putucusi Mountain

When heading for Machu Picchu, climbers often want a birds’ eye view of the ruins and most head up to the summit of the famous Huayna Picchu- the mountain that makes the backdrop for Machu Picchu. But tickets sell out for Huayna Picchu- so if you’re looking for something a little more unique, Think about Putucusi

Find our the best information about the Putucusi Mountain bellow.

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