Machu Picchu should be on every one’s bucket. The Inca Citadel was built centuries ago and to this day nobody is quite sure as to why it was built. Archaeologists are still guessing as to its purpose. There are many theories, there are many legends, there are many stories; the mystery of the site drawing thousands of visitors in every year. The site is probably the best remaining example of Inca architecture still standing today. The reason for this is thought to be that the Spanish conquistadors never found the site. So for your visit to Machu Picchu, we here at Let’s Go Peru thought that we would provide you with some information that will help you make the best of your trip to Machu Picchu.
When traveling to Machu Picchu you will need to pass through Cusco, Cusco was considered the heart of the Inca Empire and in Inca times the city was filled with magnificent temples, that some say were covered with gold. From Cusco you can get to Machu Picchu by several different methods. The first and most popular is to take the train. Machu Picchu train tickets are available online or can be organised through one of our seasoned travel experts here at Machu Picchu. The train will arrive into the town of Aguas Calientes, from there you will need to take the bus to Machu Picchu.
The other way to get to Machu Picchu is by hiking one of the treks that end in Machu Picchu. The famous Inca Trail is a four-day hike that will take you up high passes and through cloud forests until the fourth day, when you will reach Machu Picchu in the morning. Your guide will take you through the ruins and explain the many theories of the site.
Whether you are taking the train or hiking, the one thing you cannot forget is to take your passport. When you arrive at the gates of Machu Picchu you will be asked to show your travel document. If you do not bring the actual document, you will not be permitted to enter. Traveling all the way from home and spending a large sum of money and not taking your passport would be such a disappointment.
Recently introduced to Machu Picchu are two entrance times, before you could enter and stay all day, but now there is a morning entrance and an afternoon entrance. These rules are not strictly adhered to but you still need to be aware.
Getting to Machu Picchu from Aguas Calientes the town below the ruins, will require you to take the bus. The journey takes around twenty-five minutes and leaves from just outside the train station. What you need not to forget about this bus journey is that there will be a line. The buses leave when full but in high season these lines can be an hour long, so you will need to factor this in to your time at Machu Picchu.
For those of you who like to take walking sticks when walking, unless you have a preexisting medical condition you will not be allowed to take them to Machu Picchu, these laws are very strict and they will be taken from you at the gate. Another rule and something that is very important is that you are never allowed to walk on any part of the ruin. There are signs indicating this all throughout Machu Picchu. Snacks are allowed but no food is to be taken into the site, you may take water as long as it is in plastic bottles.
What you cannot forget during a visit to Machu Picchu is to be respectful, these ruins are for all to see and we need to preserve them for future generations. The Peruvian government has enforced these rules to try and help preserve what we see today.