Here is a concise explanation of the different circuits for visiting Machu Picchu, including combinations:
- Llacta Machu Picchu (Circuit 1, 2, 3, or 4): This encompasses all circuits, allowing you to explore the entire Machu Picchu complex.
- Circuit 4 + Wayna Picchu Mountain: This combination lets you visit Circuit 4 of Machu Picchu and includes the hike to Wayna Picchu Mountain for breathtaking views.
- Machu Picchu Mountain + Circuit 03: In this combination, you can enjoy Circuit 03 at Machu Picchu and hike to Machu Picchu Mountain for an elevated perspective.
- Circuit 04 + Huchuypicchu Mountain: This combination provides access to Circuit 04 of Machu Picchu, and it includes the opportunity to hike Huchuypicchu Mountain.
- Circuit 1 or 2 + Inka Bridge: For a different experience, you can choose either Circuit 1 or Circuit 2, which includes visiting the Inka Bridge, offering a unique view of the site.
These circuit options allow you to tailor your Machu Picchu visit to your preferences, whether seeking panoramic views from the mountain peaks or a comprehensive exploration of the historic site.
The “Llaqta Machu Picchu” ticket (Circuit 1, 2, 3, or 4) grants you access to explore the entire Machu Picchu complex. When you possess this type of ticket, you have the choice of either Circuit 01 or Circuit 02. These circuits are particularly popular because they provide the classic viewpoint of Machu Picchu, located at the upper part of the site. This classic viewpoint offers the iconic, postcard-worthy views of Machu Picchu and allows you to embark on a guided tour through the Inca city, typically lasting 2.5 hours. Additionally, your access to Machu Picchu itself is regulated by the Peruvian government, permitting a maximum stay of 3 hours.
On the other hand, Circuit 03 and Circuit 04 offer a slightly different experience. They lack access to the classic viewpoints as the entrance to Machu Picchu is located at the lower part of the site. Nevertheless, they do provide the opportunity to explore Machu Picchu through guided circuits, usually lasting around 2.5 hours. While you may not enjoy the classic viewpoint, it’s essential to remember that Machu Picchu is a stunning site from any angle, and you’ll still have the opportunity to appreciate its beauty and historical significance.