Visit Machu Picchu in 2020: A Complete Guide for Planning Your Perfect Trip

Updated: Oct 22, 2021

With a spellbinding scenery, perfect stonework, and memorable trekking trails, Machu Picchu in Peru, is one of the most unforgettable places in the world, deserving an honorable spot on every traveler’s must-visit list.

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If you plan to visit Machu Picchu in 2020, continue reading, we will help you make the most of your time in the Lost City of the Incas.

Best Time to Visit Machu Picchu

Machu Picchu is open year-round. There are two seasons in Machu Picchu, the dry season, which is also the busiest one, and the rainy seasons, when there are fewer visitors and more tranquility, as well as lower prices.

The best time to visit Machu Picchu is in the dry season, between April and October, with July and August, being the busiest months for tourism.

From April through May and September through October, the crowds tend to thin out while the weather remains relatively dry and pleasant. This is the best time of year to visit Machu Picchu, as tourists are few, flight and accommodation prices remain relatively low and the heavy rains haven’t set in yet

However, choosing the time to visit this beautiful place, depends also on what you want to do, your budget, and when you can take some time off work.

Magnificent panorama of the Inca buildings 📸@viajaentusofa

So, if for some reason, you cannot have this amazing experience during the dry season, it doesn’t mean your trip will not be spectacular, especially since it doesn’t usually rain throughout the day. During the wet months of December to February, the surroundings have an intense green color that promises to conquer all curious visitors. Also, the upside is that Machu Picchu sees fewer visitors during these months, with the exception of Christmas and New Year.

In case you don’t mind the crowds, and you want to explore the region during the high season, make sure you book your trip in advance!

And, if the rainy period is a better option for you, try to avoid the month of February, because it is expected to rain frequently, and the Inca Trail, know for being one of the best in the world, is closed for maintenance.

Read More: When is the best time to visit Machu Picchu

How to Get to Machu Picchu

If you decided to visit Machu Picchu in 2020, you have to plan your trip properly. A very important aspect is knowing exactly how to get to your destination.

The easiest way to get to from Cusco to Machu Picchu is to take the train to Aguas Calientes. It’s a scenic 3.5-hour trip 📸@viajaentusofa

Regardless of whether you’re hiking an Inca Trail or taking motorized transport, the best way to start your trip to Machu Picchu is in Peru’s city of Cuzco.

If your starting point is in Lima, you can get to Cuzco fast and easy by plane. The city of Cusco has an international airport with regular flights and is the perfect place to adjust to the altitude of the Peruvian Andes.

The best option to visit Machu Picchu is to stay in Cusco for a few days to avoid the risk of suffering from altitude sickness.

The easiest way to get to from Cusco to Machu Picchu is to take the train to Aguas Calientes, the town located a few miles from the site. To take the train to Machu Picchu, you’ll go to Poroy, just northwest of Cusco to the so-called Cusco train station. You can also spend the night in Ollantaytambo and take the early train.

There are two main train operators to choose from Peru Rail and Inka Rail.

If time is not a problem, and you are also fit for the physical effort you need to complete a hike, getting to Machu Picchu by foot is something nobody should miss. There are plenty of treks to choose from, some of them being easy and good for all fitness levels, like the Inca Jungle Trek, while others are more challenging.

Read More: The Best Way to get to Machu Picchu: Train or Trek

Best Luxury Hotels in Machu Picchu

If you plan to visit Machu Picchu in 2020, you should also consider pampering yourself with a memorable stay in one of the luxury hotels in the area. The marvelous Belmond Sanctuary Lodge is a fantastic choice, not only because it is located right next to Machu Picchu gates allowing to be one of the first ones in and last ones out to visit the ruins, but it also offers comfortable rooms, mesmerizing views, and amazing services.

You can also stay in charming Aguas Calientes, where the Inkaterra Machu Picchu Pueblo Hotel is waiting for you with luxurious rooms, a lush location in the middle of the cloud forests, and a fantastic range of services.

These are two of the many options available in the area, and, of course, your choice depends on the availability and your budget. In case you are not looking for a luxurious holiday, you will be happy to know that there are many hotels in the area that all the budgets.

Read More: Best Luxury Hotels to Stay When Visiting Machu Picchu: The Belmond Sanctuary Lodge & The Inkaterra Pueblo

Make the Most of Your Trip: Machu Picchu’s Top Sights

If you love amazing views, you can’t miss the Caretaker’s Hut and the Terrace of the Ceremonial Rock, which is one of the highest spots in the site, promising to offer spectacular views. The Main Gate, which is an enormous entrance door, to the Royal Tomb and the circular walls of the Temple of the Sun, is definitely a great spot for a perfect Instagram photo. Also, Principal Temple in the Sacred Plaza promises to amaze the curious eyes of all travelers.

Furthermore, the Artisan’s Wall is considered the best wall in the site, and climbing the staircase of the Intihuatana pyramid, the highest point in the urban area is a must.

The Huayna Picchu peak, which means ‘Young Peak’ in Quechua, is the large mountain that sits directly behind Machu Picchu. Climbing Huayna Picchu is one of the highlights of a visit to Machu Picchu. The views of the Citadel and surrounding landscape are extraordinary from the top and well worth the climbing effort!

Machu Picchu from the top of Huayna Picchu ⛰ by @travel_alchemists You’ll need a separate ticket to climb this peak at the site, and you need to book in advance—there are a limited number of tickets!

However, the best part when you visit Machu Picchu in 2020 is how you get there, and if you choose to trek one of the famous trails, you will understand why.

There are many trails to choose from, and all are known and praised for the beauty of their surroundings. One of the most famous is Salkantay Trek, a 5-days through spectacular mountain scenery, that requests a really good fitness level. If, however, you are looking for something easier, the 4-day Inca Jungle Trek is a great choice. But, no matter, what trail you choose, your trekking experience will be one of a kind.

These are the main things you should keep in mind if you want to visit Machu Picchu in 2020. Contact us and we can help you plan your perfect trip. Start by checking out our sample trip: Authentic Luxury South America.

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