Machu Picchu Hikes

Machu Picchu

KM 104 Hike

For the most impressive entrance into Machu Picchu—and to avoid a particularly difficult bus ride arrival—KM 104 is a must-do hike for active travelers without a fear of heights. Whether you’re traveling on the Hiram Bingham or the Vistadome, KM 104 starts about one hour into your train ride from Ollantaytambo. The trail moves frequently between uphill stone steps and rocky, downhill dirt paths. It’s not recommended for children under 12.

Grade: Moderate - Challenging
Distance Covered: 7.5 miles Approx. Hiking Time: 6-7 hours Ascent: 2,000 ft. Permit: Required

Huayna Picchu Mountain Hike

A shorter hike than KM 104 and Machu Picchu Mountain, with a starting point directly from Machu Picchu, Huayna Picchu is likely the steepest hike in the area. It can feel especially treacherous on the descent, with travelers having to crawl on their hands and knees through a small, dank tunnel. That said, it offers the most superb views of the ruins and feels like a well-earned accomplishment worthy of bragging rights.

Grade: Moderate - Challenging Distance Covered: 0.65 miles Duration: 2.5 hours Ascent: 1,110 ft. Permit: Required

Inti Punku or Sun Gate Hike

Intersecting with the end of KM 104, Inti Punku is the second-easiest hike in Machu Picchu, with no particular drop-offs or difficult points of descent. It’s an appropriate option for younger children, and the views from the top are some of the best.

Grade: Moderate Duration: 2.5 hours Permit: Not required

Written by Avery Carmichael

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