Travelling alone anywhere in the World can be an extremely daunting experience for anyone. Sometimes, when you aren’t familiar with your destination of travel but have the desire to visit that country, the desire often outweighs the fear. Peru and especially Machu Picchu are popular destinations and are visited by thousands of foreign tourists every year. Most people travel to Peru in couples or groups, but increasingly people are choosing to travel alone. Travelling alone can be a rewarding experience as you tend to meet more people, are able to see what you want and spend as much time as you wish in places that appeal to you. Although traveling alone is not for everyone, visiting somewhere as exotic and unfamilair as Peru can be a rewarding experience for everyone.
Peru and Machu Picchu are perfect destinations for the solo traveler and with the amazing variety of ways in which you can visit all the magnificent sights in Peru on offer, you can shape your journey to your liking creating lasting memories. For some it is the journey that matters, and that is why some people choose to walk the Inca trail to Machu Picchu, and for others it is the luxury trains and hotels that they remember. The wonderful thing about Peru, is that the choice is all yours. In this article, we will concentrate on the solo traveler’s journey to Machu Picchu. If you want to join a group Machu Picchu tour, you will experience the site with like-minded travelers with an experienced guide and hear all history of the Inca Citadel and will be given some free time to take photos and experience the magnificence of this spiritual place.
Another way to experience Machu Picchu is on a private tour with just yourself and a guide, this way you get to ask all the questions you wish and take the time you need and discover the stories and legends of Machu Picchu.
Getting to Machu Picchu for the solo traveler is simple, most people choose to travel by train to Machu Picchu and arrive at the station of Aguas Calientes. There are several options for train services depending on your budget, the first Perurail train and the most economical is the Expedition train, a tourist train with big windows, comfy seats and several departures daily to and from Machu Picchu. A little more expensive is the Perurail Vistadome, the train features a glass ceiling, excellent leather seats and great services. But if the budget is not a problem than we highly recommend that you take the luxurious Belmond Hiram Bingham, where you will receive gourmet meals and free drinks to pass the journey by. The train also features an observation car where you will have unobstructed views on your journey to Machu Picchu, so if it is luxury you desire, then this is the train for you.
If you’re looking for something a little more on the adventurous side, then why not do some hiking to Machu Picchu? The popular 4-day Inca Trail hike may be just what you are looking for. This hike is a rewarding experience passing through cloud forests, climbing up high passes, back down rivers. Throughout this hike you will be able to see ancient ruins, camping in the Andes mountain range under the stars whilst enjoying hearty meals, all of which make for a memorable 4 days. The going of the trail is tough but the reward is worth the effort, on the last day of the hike, you will trek to the Sun gate where you will see your first glimpse of Machu Picchu and on the same day you will receive a 2 hour tour with your guide, enjoying the legends of the spiritual Inca citadel.
After you have finished your tour and have free time to roam the most famous of Inca Ruins, you will have to go down to the small town of Aguas Calientes, where the train leaves for the town of Cusco. But if you have time before your train departs, it is highly recommended that you visit the hot springs that are located not far from the main plaza, to soak away your aches and pains for an hour and feel the healing power of the magical waters before returning home.
After your wonderful train ride back to Cusco, the oldest inhabited city in South America, at an altitude of 3400 meters above sea. You might want to spend some time in Cusco as there is much to see and do. Explore the streets and enjoy a meal in one of the many restaurants, go to the markets and buy gifts and souvenirs for your family and friends or explore the many fascinating museums. Not far from Cusco is the beautiful Sacred Valley of the Incas, which features many Inca sites like Pisac and Ollantaytambo. The altitude is lower and the climate is more temperate, so it would be well worth a few days of your time to wind down here.
Peru and Machu Picchu are safe destinations for the solo traveler, and Machu Picchu has the added benefit of being a must see on any Peruvian adventure. Traveling alone can be a rewarding experience so why not book a tour to Machu Picchu and Peru today? We’re here for you!