Welcome to Mountain IQ’s Machu Picchu Trekking Guide, the web’s most authoritative information portal on travelling and trekking to Machu Picchu.
Over the past two decades the number of visitors to Machu Picchu has increased exponentially. In 1992, just under 95,000 people visited Machu Picchu.
In 2013, this number breached the 1 million visitors mark, and continues to rise despite regulations curbing the total number of visitors a day to 2,500 people.
As you can imagine, with so much interest in Machu Picchu the fate of the Inca ruin is under jeopardy, as is the authenticity and quality of the experience for visitors and trekkers alike.
The proliferation of questionable Machu Picchu travel services locally in Peru and further abroad has abounded; and travel information online is often confusing, contradictory or wrong.
Our aim is to correct that.
Our aim as a free information website is threefold:
- To provide up to date and comprehensive information on travelling to Machu Picchu so that your experience is as fulfilling as possible
- To promote responsible tourism in the region so that the cultural heritage and natural environment on which the local communities depend is positively impacted by your visit
- To promote safe and responsible trekking experiences in the region, with a particular emphasis on the wonderful alternative trails to Machu Picchu
We are not owned by any trekking or travel company, which allows us to provide independent and impartial information. We do however have strong opinions on who we think are leading trekking and travel operators and actively promote these companies through our unique trekking recommendation service.
Our site is maintained by a network of expert contributors, many of which guide or have guided treks to Machu Picchu, and live in Cusco. Contributors to the site are volunteers, and are not paid. The current lead editor on the site is Mark Whitman, an expert on alternative treks to Machu Picchu and high altitude trekking in general.
If you are interested in contributing your knowledge and experience to the site please contact us.