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Machu Picchu’s 4 Circuits

Routes around the ruins

Map of Machu Picchu circuits

In an effort to encourage social distancing four circuits of Machu Picchu are offered, as shown on this map.

Circuit 1 “Alto Corto is the short version of the higher circuit, red on the map. This takes you across the upper terraces and House of the Guardian, where most people take their photos of Machu Picchu. You enter Machu Picchu llaqta through the famed Main Gate. You see some of the main buildings, a view down onto the Sun Temple, the central plaza and the room with the Water Mirrors.

Circuit 2 “Alto Largo is the long version of the higher circuit, dark blue on the map. You enter Machu Picchu llaqta through the famed Main Gate. You see almost everything on the “Alto Corto” except the Water Mirrors. This circuit goes all the way to the far end of the llaqta, to the trailhead for Huayna Picchu. You see the Sacred Plaza, Temple of 3 Windows, Main Temple and Condor Temple. This is my recommended route.

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Machu Picchu

Machu Picchu In-A-Day

From Cusco

Machu Picchu In-2-Days

See the sun rise on Machu Picchu

Peru’s South In-2-Weeks

So many choices!

Peru’s Archaeology In-A-Week

North to south, old to older

Text © Heather Jasper

Image by Peruvian Ministry of Culture