It is hard to really grasp the trek to get to Machu Picchu and visualize exploring Machu Picchu when you are planning your trip. The main photos that you will find are basically the “money shot” photos as I like to call them of the main ruins with Huayna Picchu in the background. Below is a tour of me exploring Machu Picchu starting from Machu Picchu Pueblo all the way to the top of Huayna Picchu.
Below is Machu Picchu Pueblo, the town that you will arrive in by train or by hiking. I took the 4:15 train in and had enough time to go to dinner and get to bed early to start hiking the next day.
You will either be taking a bus or hiking up from Machu Picchu Pueblo to the top where the ruins are located. The hike from Machu Picchu Pueblo to the ruins takes about 90 minutes. Once you get up, you will need to wait in line at the entrance.
Once you get inside, you will start to see the ruins.
And then you can climb up the stone stairway to see Huayna Picchu from the same spot that National Geographic took their photo. Pretty amazing right?
Then you continue to explore the main parts of the ruins:
And probably find a Llama or two:
If you planned ahead to hike Huayna Picchu, then you will be waiting here at your designated time slot:
Once you pass these gates, then the real hike begins. The trek up to Huayna Picchu is no joke. There are parts of the hike where you will literally be climbing up stone stairways grabbing onto rope. It took me around 45 minutes to get to the top.
And that view once you get to the top is incredible: