Aguas Calientes. Photo © Aurora Esperanza Angeles Flores/123rf.

Transportation In and Around Machu Picchu

Trekking to Machu Picchu isn’t for everyone (although once you’ve reached the ruins, the only way to get around is by foot). Here’s how to take a train or bus to Aguas Calientes, where there are frequent shuttles available for the last leg of the journey.

The Salcantay Trek. Photo © holgs/istock.

A Beginner’s Guide to Trekking Peru

Peru is one of the world’s top trekking destinations, and the Inca Trail is Peru’s number one trek. Here’s how to get started planning, the best times to go, and other practicalities.

Moray Ruins in Peru. Photo © Matyas Rehak/123rf.

Buying the Buleto Turistico: Cusco’s Tourist Ticket

Must-see ruins such as Pisac and Ollantaytambo require this ticket. At first glance, it seems overpriced, but when you consider the total number of sites it covers, it’s worth it. Learn about which sites are included, when to buy your ticket, and more.

Machu Picchu with Huayna Picchu behind it. Photo © Tomas Sobek/123rf.

The Best of Machu Picchu in One Week

This eight-day itinerary starts off in the lush surroundings of the Sacred Valley, moves through cloud forests and the magnificent stonework of Machu Picchu, and finishes in Cusco, the Spanish Renaissance city built atop Inca foundations. Check it out!

Police in Lima, Peru. Photo © Oliver Forstner/123rf.

Tips for Travel Safety in Peru

Peru is generally a safe country, so travelers should not feel paranoid. But as in any other place in the world, follow commonsense rules and check out these tips from Ryan Dubé.

Inca Trail carved into the mountainside. Photo © Matyas Rehak/123rf.

Four-Day Trek on the Inca Jungle Trail

The latest route to Machu Picchu is locally known as the Inca Jungle Trail. Author Ryan Dubé shares an itinerary for making this four-day trek that includes biking, hiking, and trains.

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Moon Machu Picchu

This full-color guide to Machu Picchu includes vibrant photos and helpful planning maps. Dawn reveals ancient stonework backed by the towering Andes—the fusion of natural and manmade beauty, built in perfect harmony with the earth and skies. This is Machu Picchu, center of the lost Inca empire. And it’s yours to explore. This is the […]

Macaws enjoying the clay lick at the Tambopata Research Center in Peru.

Volunteer with Tambopata Macaw Project in Peru

The Tambopata Macaw Project (TMP) is a long-term research project on the ecology and conservation of macaws and parrots in the lowlands of southeastern Peru. Short-term volunteers (12-30 days) are trained to identify all the local parrots by sight and become experts at clay lick monitoring and macaw nest observation with video camera systems.

The Urubamba river valley in Peru.

Volunteer with Kiya Survivors in Peru

Kiya Survivors, based in Urubamba (an indigenous village in the valley of the same name near Cusco, Peru) is dedicated to children and youth with special needs. Volunteers receive a two-day training session, might work with practical needs or if they’re interested and skilled, help Kiya’s therapy team.