Temple of the Sun

Temple of the Sun: Our most recommended tours and activities

Machu Picchu and Huayna Picchu: Entrance Ticket

1. Machu Picchu and Huayna Picchu: Entrance Ticket

Discover the landmarks of Machu Picchu Lost Citadel and be one of the 400 people allowed to climb the Huayna Picchu per day. Explore the attraction at your own pace, such as the Temple of the Sun, the terraced fields of the agricultural sector, the Intihuatana stone, and take the famous picture from the observatory with the lost citadel behind. The climb of Huayna Picchu is available in 2 groups: 7:00 am or 10:00 am. Be sure to get there on time for your given time slot for your hike up the mountain. Take in the stunning views at Huayna Picchu, be amazed as you see this infamous, historical city in real life.

Machu Picchu: Standard Admission Ticket

2. Machu Picchu: Standard Admission Ticket

Explore the Inca ruins of Machu Picchu at your own pace with a standard entrance ticket to the magnificent UNESCO World Heritage Site. Reserve your entrance ticket to enter the site. You can independently organize transportation and tour guide for the visit.  Discover landmark attractions at your own pace, such as the Temple of the Sun, the terraced fields of the agricultural sector, and the Intihuatana stone, and take the famous picture from the observatory with the lost citadel behind.  For entering the Lost Citadel of Machu Picchu, it is mandatory that you are accompanied by an accredited guide. You are able to hire the tour guide directly at the entrance of the ruins.

From Cusco: Machu Picchu Small Group Full-Day Tour

3. From Cusco: Machu Picchu Small Group Full-Day Tour

Join a small-group tour and go on an unforgettable guided journey to Machu Picchu. Receive a guided tour of the awe-inspiring citadel from an official guide and benefit from a tour package that includes hotel pickup from Cusco, train tickets, and bus shuttles. After being picked up from your hotel, be driven to Cusco's train station and embark on a 2-hour scenic train ride to the town of Aguas Calientes. Admire the breathtaking beauty of the Sacred Valley of the Incas set against the stunning Andean landscape. Upon arrival in Aguas Calientes, hop on a small bus and travel past the town of Urubamba and up to the ruins of the so-called “Lost City of the Incas”, a UNESCO World Heritage Site and now one of the New Seven Wonders of the World. Get dropped off at the main entrance to Machu Picchu where you will be met by your expert guide who will lead you around the sacred hilltop site and tell you about the fascinating history and culture of the Incas. Marvel at more than 600 terraces, 160 buildings, thousands of steps, several temples, and 16 fountains built by the Incan Emperor Pachacutec. Gaze up the restored buildings, like the Temple of the Sun and the Room of the Three Windows, and take in the sweeping scenery of the surrounding valley.   Descend back down to Aguas Calientes where you will enjoy free time to walk around the city and look for a place to have lunch.  At a scheduled time, board the train back to Cusco and be picked up at the train station to be transported back to your hotel.

From Cusco: Machu Picchu Private Day Trip on Panoramic Train

4. From Cusco: Machu Picchu Private Day Trip on Panoramic Train

Meet our chauffeur at your Cusco Hotel for a scenic road transfer to the train station. Board the train, then sit back and relax as you enjoy the 2-hour journey across the Sacred Valley. During the trip you will admire the spectacular views over the mountain scenery and pass by some important towns such as Ollantaytambo. The views get even better if you go for the Panoramic Vistadome train, which features wider windows on the ceiling and more comfortable seats. It also includes an Andean ingredients-based snack and drink as well as souvenirs you can buy on board. Arrive in Aguas Calientes town and set off with your guide to embark on a 30 min bus ride uphill to Machu Picchu main entrance. Shortly after check in, begin your private tour and discover the Citadel’s magnificent arquitecture by visiting the most remarkable landmark attractions such as the Temple of the Sun, The Temple of the Moon. See the impressive terraced fields of the agricultural sector and take the famous picture from the observatory with the lost citadel and the Huayna Picchu Mountain behind you. After finishing the guided part, enjoy free time to explore on your own. Then take the bus back to Aguas Calientes. If time is propitious, you can explore the town and have some lunch with excellent recommendations from your guide, before heading back to the station. In the late afternoon head back to the train station for your return journey to Cusco. End your experience the best on board, with a glance of the Andean culture though music and entertainment which will assure you much fun. On your arrival at the train station, a private chauffeur will transfer back to your accommodation in Cusco.

From Cusco: Machu Picchu and Sacred Valley 2-Day Tour

5. From Cusco: Machu Picchu and Sacred Valley 2-Day Tour

Explore the ancient civilization of the Incas on a 2-day guided tour of the Sacred Valley and Machu Picchu. Day 1: Start the day with a breathtaking ride through the mountains between Cusco and Pisac, and see the Inca temples on an in-depth tour on arrival. Bargain for colorful textiles in the traditional market, and then experience the “Breadbasket of the Incas” on a scenic drive to Urubamba. Arrive in time for lunch at a local restaurant. Then, explore the pink granite palace at Ollantaytambo, and climb the great stairs of the Temple of the Sun. Feast on local produce at a nearby venue, before ending the day with a train ride to Aguas Calientes, where you can bathe in the hot spring baths and enjoy the beauty of the surroundings. Day 2: You will take a morning bus up to Machu Picchu to experience the first rays of the sun as they pass through the ruins of the "Lost City of the Incas." Go to a panoramic lookout for the best views and take a 2-hour tour of the legendary site. Get lost in the maze-like constructions, or follow in the footsteps of the ancients and climb Huayna Picchu. Then, enjoy lunch in Aguas Calientes before a lazy ride back to Cusco.

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What people are saying about Temple of the Sun

Overall rating

4.7 / 5

based on 474 reviews

Booking our entrance ticket and bus ticket ahead of time saved hours of having to wait in line for tickets. Get Your Guide was quick and easy to navigate. AND very helpful support who were quick to reply. We went at 6am and I now have pictures with not a single person in them. It was do powerful. Some people go 2 days in a row in order to access different areas of Machu Picchu.

The tickets worked out great. We needed the printed tickets at the entrance. Huayna is great, would definitely recommend, get your tickets early. You need an additional guide for machu picchu though. There are guides at the busstop, who will gladly offer you their services immediately.

Unique and amazing experience! It was wonderful to learn about the history of how this spectacular place was built and the culture in the Inca lands. The place is truly breathtaking. Special highlight for our guide who explained every detail of the story.

Our guide "Leader" was very knowledgeable and informative. We enjoyed his enthusiasm and great stories. Excellent guide and tour company.

Our guide Monica was amazing. Super fun and answered all our questions.