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Circuits of the Historic Sanctuary of Machu Picchu

When you visit the Historic Sanctuary of Machu Picchu, it is important that you know all the circuits within the citadel of Machu Picchu. Here we will tell you how many circuits there are, where are the circuits located, what you will visit in each circuit, photos of the attractions of each circuit, and maps so you can easily guide yourself. First and foremost, since Machu Picchu tickets are not sold at the entrance, you must book your entrance ticket to Machu Picchu and you can do it here: Machupicchu ticket availability. We suggest that you buy your tickets at least 2 months in advance because the best time to visit Machu Picchu are between the hours of 8am to 10am and these time slots sell out fast. We also suggest that you hire a guide in advance. Here is the link to hire a Machu Picchu guide. We recommend that you do not wait unitl the last minute to hire a guide. The guides at the entrance of Machu Picchu are usually those who do not have much experience. The best and more experienced guides work for agencies.

Circuit 1- PANORAMIC TERRACES

Historic Sanctuary of Machu Picchu Circuit 1 Panoramic photo Circuit number 1 gives you access to the upper terraces where you can take the most panoramic pictures of the Inca citadel. The downside of Circuit 1 is that it does not include the Inca structures or Inca ruins located in the lower sector. Therefore, Circuit 1 is one of the best circuits if you want to take the best pictures of Machu Picchu but you do not plan to visit the actual ruins themselves. The upper terraces consists of 3 of the best spots to take pictures of Machu Picchu. If you enjoy landscape photography, this circuit is a must. Below is a map that describes the route you will take on this circuit. The best photo spots of Machu Picchu are shown with a camera icon where you can take the panoramic photos of Machu Picchu as well as some of the best landscape photos of this Inca world wonder. There are 3 routes in Circuit 1 and the tickets that allow you to visit circuit 1 are the following:
- Machu Picchu entrance ticket Circuit 1 Inca Bridge
- Machu Picchu entrance ticket Circuit 1 Upper Terraces
- Machu Picchu entrance ticket Circuit 1 Sun Gate (IntiPunko)
 

Historic Sanctuary of Machu Picchu Circuit 1
1 Lower platform. This platform is where you take one the panoramic photos of Machu Picchu 2 Upper platform. This upper platform is where you take the most panoramic photo of Machu Picchu Historic Sanctuary of Machu Picchu Circuit 1 Inca Bridge
1 Lower platform. This platform is where you take one the panoramic photos of Machu Picchu 2 Upper platform. This upper platform is where you take the most panoramic photo of Machu Picchu Historic Sanctuary of Machu Picchu Circuit 1 Sun Gate
1 Lower platform. This platform is where you take one the panoramic photos of Machu Picchu 2 Upper platform. This upper platform is where you take the most panoramic photo of Machu Picchu

Circuit Number 1 main attractions

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CIRCUIT 2 -CLASSIC ROUTE | CIRCUIT 2 LOWER TERRACES

Historic Sanctuary of Machu Picchu Postal Photo From Circuit 2 Classic 2 landscape Circuit number 2 is the most popular circuit of Machu Picchu. If you hire a Machupicchu guide, this is the circuit that most Machupicchu guides will take. Circuit 2 has 2 routes that are almost identical: Classic Route and Lower Terrace Route. The entire circuit takes about 2.5 hours to complete. It is one of the best circuits if you want to see most of the main attractions in Machu Picchu. The upper area consists of 2 of the best spots to take pictures of Machu Picchu. The lower section will also amaze you with incredible Inca structures that beautifully match the natural landscapes and surrounding mountains. The tickets that allow you to visit circuit 2 in its entirety are the following:
- Historic Sactuary of Machu Picchu - Entrance ticket Circuit 2: Classic Route
- Historic Sactuary of Machu Picchu - Entrance ticket - Circuit 2 Lower Terrace

Historic Sanctuary of Machu Picchu Circuit 2 Classic
1 Lower platform. This is where you can take the classic picture of Machu Picchu 2 Upper platform. This is another area where you can take the classic picture of Machu Picchu 3 Main Gate 4 Dry Moat 5 Temple of the Sun 6 Granite Chaos 7 Temple area 8 Intihuatana Pyramid (Entrance only from 7 to 10am) 9 Sacred Rock
10 Industrial Sector 11 Inca oriental store houses 12 Water Mirror 13 Temple of the Condor (Entrance only from 10am to 1pm) 14 Pisonay tree plaza 15 Archaeological reserve

Historic Sanctuary of Machu Picchu Circuit 2 Terraza Inferior
1 Lower platform. This is where you can take the classic picture of Machu Picchu 2 Upper platform. This is another area where you can take the classic picture of Machu Picchu 3 Main Gate 4 Dry Moat 5 Temple of the Sun 6 Granite Chaos 7 Temple area 8 Intihuatana Pyramid (Entrance only from 7 to 10am) 9 Sacred Rock
10 Industrial Sector 11 Inca oriental store houses 12 Water Mirror 13 Temple of the Condor (Entrance only from 10am to 1pm) 14 Pisonay tree plaza 15 Archaeological reserve

Circuit Number 2 main attractions

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Circuit 3 Royalty Circuit

Circuit number 3 is the lower level of the Historic Sanctuary of Machu Picchu where the main Inca ruins and attractions are. you can visit The tickets that allow you to visit this circuit are the following:
- Historic Santuary of Machu Picchu - Entrance Ticket - Circuit 3 Huayna Picchu
- Historic Santuary of Machu Picchu - Entrance Ticket - Circuit 3 Huchuy Picchu
- Historic Santuary of Machu Picchu - Entrance Ticket -Circuit 3 Grand Cave
Circuit 3 has many great attractions. The circuit starts with the many Inca store houses, the agricultural zone, the water channel, the dry moat, the sun temple complex, the Inka house complex, the water fountains, the water mirror complex, the Pisonay plaza and the archaological reserve

Machu Picchu Circuit 3 Royalty Designed
1 Inca Store Houses. 2 Agricultural Sector. 3 Waterway 4 Dry Moat 5 Temple of the Sun 6 House of the Inca 7 Water Fountain 8 Water Mirror 9 Pisonay tree plaza 10 Archaeological reserve

Machu Picchu Circuit 3 Realeza Huayna Picchu
1 Inca Store Houses. 2 Agricultural Sector. 3 Waterway 4 Dry Moat 5 Temple of the Sun 6 House of the Inca 7 Water Fountain 8 Water Mirror 9 Pisonay tree plaza 10 Archaeological reserve

Machu Picchu Circuit 3 Realeza Huchuy Picchu
1 Inca Store Houses. 2 Agricultural Sector. 3 Waterway 4 Dry Moat 5 Temple of the Sun 6 House of the Inca 7 Water Fountain 8 Water Mirror 9 Pisonay tree plaza 10 Archaeological reserve

Machu Picchu Circuit 3 Great Cave
1 Inca Store Houses. 2 Agricultural Sector. 3 Waterway 4 Dry Moat 5 Temple of the Sun 6 House of the Inca 7 Water Fountain 8 Water Mirror 9 Pisonay tree plaza 10 Archaeological reserve


Circuit Number 3 main attractions

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