5 of the best Machu Picchu hiking tours

by Paul Stafford  |  Published October 17, 2019

For most travellers who haven’t been there, hiking up to the once-lost Inca citadel of Machu Picchu is often close to the top of the travel wish list. It has been a bucket list mainstay since the 20th century, after it was thoroughly explored on a scientific level by the US historian Hiram Bingham in 1911. Since then it has been inscribed on the UNESCO World Heritage list in 1983, and was designated one of the Seven Modern Wonders of the World in 2007.

However, as with many archaeologically sensitive sites, Machu Picchu has become something of a casualty of its own magnificence, with poor tourism restrictions endangering the site. That is why an organised tour is one of the best ways to experience the Inca stronghold, utilising local guides to experience the area with the respect and reverence it deserves. Here are five of the best Machu Picchu hiking tours, chosen for their environmental awareness, value for money, and itineraries, among other considerations.