How to Honeymoon in Machu Picchu
The Inca citadel of Machu Picchu is a remarkable set of ruins high in the Peruvian Andes, where you can walk amongst the well-preserved remains of a culture past. Steeped in history, breathtaking natural scenery and a warm, welcoming culture, the serene site has long held a unique allure for many travelers- and honeymooners. Whatever your honeymoon style is, Machu Picchu has something for you. Take the train from the quaint town of Cusco, and fill your time with romantic stays in cozy, world-class hotels and evenings in the finest restaurants. Outdoorsy couples will love the opportunity to trek through the rolling mountains on the same path the Incas originally walked. For a unique honeymoon you won’t forget, read all of our tips below on how to honeymoon in Machu Picchu. Not every honeymoon includes a wonder of the world, but yours deserves to!
Why Honeymoon at Machu Picchu
Machu Picchu is considered most travelers' ultimate travel memory, so where better to start your new life together than on this incredible journey? The setting in the mountains is perfect for cozying up, and those going on a trek can be sure to have an amazing bonding experience. A one hour flight from both the beach and Amazon, and just a short drive from other amazing mountainous destinations, the location is easy to access and gives you the option of a little variety in your trip as well. Plus, the Latin vibes of Peru are always reminiscent of classic romance.
How to Get to Machu Picchu
Many airlines operate international flights directly into Lima, with a connection to Cusco. The flight from Lima to Cusco is about an hour. Depending on where you’re coming from, it’s also possible to get international flights directly to Cusco.
Most package tours begin in Cusco or the Sacred Valley, and will take you from the city to Machu Picchu either by trek or train. You can view our Machu Picchu & Sacred Valley Tour for more information. For those wanting to relax, the trains take just a few hours and there are a variety of options based on the level of comfort and service you’re looking for. For those wanting more adventure, you can trek along the Inca Trail for several days, passing other Inca ruins, until you reach Machu Picchu. Along the way you will have the option to stay in local hotels or camp.
Whether you trek or train, you will arrive at Aguas Calientes, often called the town of Machu Picchu. This is the small village at the base of Machu Picchu, so you will arrive here the day before you visit the ruins. There are many options of hotels to stay in here, and it’s great for being able to get an early start the next morning.
The day you plan to visit the ruins, you will have the option to climb the steps to the top (about 45 minutes, challenging), or ride the bus that will deliver you at the entrance. Read our guide, How to Get to Machu Picchu, for more information.
Where to Stay at Machu Picchu
Right in Aguas Calientes, you’ll find a nice selection of hotels despite being a small mountain town. Tierra Viva Machu Picchu and Inkaterra Machu Picchu Pueblo Hotel are both popular options, offering world-class accommodations, customer service and assistance with all of your travel plans. Both are visited primarily by couples, so they’re used to hosting honeymooners (and you’ll be able to enjoy the peace and quiet!).
When to Go to Machu Picchu
The ideal time to visit Machu Picchu is on the shoulder of the seasons. The Peruvian summer (December-March) is the rainy season which will have more of an impact if you plan to trek, and the winter (April-November) is known for cooler but clearer weather, but always attracts the crowds. Aim for the tail ends of either season to avoid the crowds, rain and the coolest temperatures. If you must go when it's busy, the winter months of July/August are the absolute best- as well as warmer weather you’ll also catch all of the plants and flowers in full bloom! Read our Weather in Machu Picchu guide for more information.
Treks on Top of Machu Picchu
For you adventurous couples who can’t wait to trek- did you know there are treks on top of Machu Picchu, too? If you don’t want to do the trek all the way to Machu Picchu, or you’re doing the Inca Trail and want even more, then consider booking the trek up to Huayna Picchu or Machu Picchu Mountain. As you have probably seen, the ruins of Machu Picchu sit high up, on a plateau between two mountains. Huayna Picchu is the peak often seen in the background of photos at the site, and Machu Picchu mountain is across from it.
Huayna Picchu is the most popular trek atop Machu Picchu, and offers spectacular views over the citadel and a temple on the mountain itself. However, spots are limited to 400 per day and need to be a few months or so in advance. The climb is only about 40 minutes, but is steep and narrow at certain points.
Machu Picchu Mountain is the second most popular trek at the site, and offers equally impressive views over the Machu Picchu ruins. This trek often takes a few hours round-trip, thus requiring a little more endurance. While it also has a daily limit of 400 and needs to be booked when you buy your entrance ticket, it rarely sells out.
Machu Picchu and The Amazon Rainforest
Newlyweds often enjoy combining their Machu Picchu honeymoon with an all-inclusive honeymoon cruise through the Amazon rainforest. Rainforest Cruises has selected some of the most luxurious, romantic and exotic cruises imaginable. Amazon honeymoon cruises sail through the breathtaking wilderness of the Pacaya Samiria National Reserve, where most of the adventurous jungle excursions take place. On board the cruise vessel, you can expect spacious and luxurious honeymoon suites, delicious gourmet meals and , of course, romantic Amazon river sunsets.