Unlock Machu Picchu
“In the variety of its charms and the power of its spell, I know of no place in the world which can compare with it. Not only has it great snow peaks looming above the clouds more than two miles overhead, gigantic precipices of many-colored granite rising for thousands of feet above the foaming, glistening, roaring rapids; it has also, in striking contrast, orchids and tree ferns, the delectable beauty of luxurious vegetation and the mysterious witchery of the jungle.” – Hiram Bingham.
WHEN HIRAM BINGHAM RETURNED from Machu Picchu in 1911, he told tales of a mystical ancient city perched high in the Andean Mountains. Some doubted the drama and magic he ascribed to this sky-hanging citadel. After all, no man had laid eyes on it since the Incas fled in the 16th century. Yet in the years since Bingham rediscovered Machu Picchu, all who have made the pilgrimage concur—this is truly one of the most enchanting places on earth.
Indeed, at first sight, Machu Picchu overwhelms. It is sprawling and spectacular, with agricultural terraces giving way to sheer cliffs and temples climbing up into the clouds. Such breathtaking beauty should be enjoyed in tranquility. Get there early and see the sacred stones in solitude.
At 3,051 metres above sea level, Machu Picchu peak offers magnificent panoramas of the citadel and across the Andes. The two-hour ascent is challenging and requires a separate ticket, so you may prefer to head to the Guard House—especially if you’re not one for taking the stairs. The alternative trek to the Sun Gate is step free and rewarding, while the narrow Inca bridge that winds around the mountain is an incredible feat of engineering. Don’t worry if you can’t decide what to see—Belmond can tailor tours just for you.
While the citadel rightly takes centre stage, Machu Picchu is also blessed with rich and diverse wildlife. Llamas roam freely among the ruins and spectacled bears ramble around the mountainside. It’s paradise for bird lovers too. Take our flora and fauna tour and keep your eyes out for rarities such as the green jay or Andean cock-of-the-rock. If you’re worn out by a hard day’s trekking, why not visit the thermal springs in Aguas Calientes? Situated in the shadow of the Andes, the regenerative waters promise to cure a variety of ailments.
Few ever feel ready to leave the majestic Machu Picchu. But when the time comes, we’ve got just the thing to soften the blow. Belmond Hiram Bingham is our luxury locomotive which will bring you back to the charming town of Cusco. Settle into the observatory car with a pisco sour as you meander through the Sacred Valley—the journey of a lifetime will feel just that little bit longer.
Belmond Sanctuary Lodge
The Hotel: +51 84 21 1038
Reservations: +51 16 10 8300
How to get here
Belmond Sanctuary Lodge is uniquely situated at a mountain summit. The only way to and from the hotel is to take a private bus service run by Consettur. Upon arrival at Aguas Calientes train station, please purchase your round-trip bus ticket from the Consettur booth. Tickets are priced at US$20 per person (subject to change), which must be paid in cash. Both USD and local currency are accepted.
Bus Time Table
- Aguas Calientes to Machu Picchu: from 5:30am to 3:30pm
- Machu Picchu to Aguas Calientes: from 6:00am to 5:30pm
Buses depart every 20 minutes. The journey takes approximately 30 minutes.
Please note that there are no taxis from Aguas Calientes to the Machu Picchu Citadel.
For transport after bus operating hours, please contact Consettur directly at +51 84 21 1134 or +51 84 22 2125, Monday – Saturday from 8am to 12:45pm and 3pm to 6pm, Sundays or holidays from 8am to 12:45pm.
The cost for after-hours private service (bus-charter) is US$350 (subject to change) for a one-way journey.
Belmond Sanctuary Lodge offers luggage assistance to guests at Aguas Calientes train station in Machu Picchu. Please contact firstname.lastname@example.org with the details of your arrival.
Machu Picchu Citadel Tickets
The Machu Picchu citadel is open daily from 6am to 4pm. Tickets are personal, non-transferable and valid for one calendar day only. Once purchased, dates cannot be changed.
We strongly advise you to purchase entry tickets in advance, as only a limited amount of visitors are allowed inside the Machu Picchu citadel each day. Please contact the Ministry of Culture’s call centre at +51- 08 458 2030 to purchase your tickets.
The Travel Concierge at Belmond Sanctuary Lodge can assist you with further information on how to purchase your tickets.
Please note that Machu Picchu tickets, bus services and the actions of third parties are not the responsibility of Belmond Sanctuary Lodge.