Visiting Machu Picchu is an important part of any Peruvian travel experience. Researching how to get the best out of your visit should be on the top of your priority list. It is hard to put into words the Machu Picchu experience; this is one of the places on earth that needs to be seen to be believed and likewise, understood. There are many decisions to be made when planning a trip to Machu Picchu, but the first and most important one is how you are going to get to the Inca Citadel.
There are many Machu Picchu tour packages available for purchase, which include travel arrangements. We highly suggest that you budget for one of these packages to take the weight of planning your travel off of your shoulders. Most people take advantage of these tours as they usually take one day and are all-inclusive. If you would like to organise your own transportation to and from the cite, there are a few options:
You are able to catch the train
From the budget friendly to the more luxurious trains, there is an option for every budget when travelling by train to Machu Picchu. One of the most famous luxury trains is the Belmond Hiram Bingham train. Named after the man who discovered Machu Picchu in 1902, and decked out with the most modern luxuries, this train will set you back a fair bit, but if you are willing to spend the money, you will not be disappointed. Otherwise, you could stay overnight in the nearby town of Aguas Calientes and enter Machu Picchu over two days.
Trek to Machu Picchu
If you are on the adventurous side why not take one of the many treks to Machu Picchu. The most famous trek is the Inca Trail; a four-day trek that will take you through cloud forests, past ruins and some of the highest peaks in the Andes. This is not an easy trek and at times, you will wonder why you ever started the journey in the first place, but the rewards are well worth your time and effort and you will finish your journey in one of the most beautiful places in the world. There are longer treks available for the more experienced hikers among you, but we strongly suggest you research these options well as these treks are not for the faint of heart.
Once you arrive in Machu Picchu, we recommend that you take a guided tour, to learn about the history of this site. There are also other activities that you can take part in to make the most of your Machu Picchu experience; located in front of Machu Picchu is Huayna Picchu, hikes and walking trails are available and the best part of it is that the trails to Huayna Picchu have the best views of Machu Picchu.
From Machu Picchu, you should try and walk up to Intipunku or as it is known in English, ‘The Sun Gate’. Here, all the trekkers that have completed the trail enter Machu Picchu. The round trip will take you around an hour, but on a clear day, the views of Machu Picchu are wonderful. Not far from Machu Picchu is the Inca Bridge, here is where the Inca Armies entered Machu Picchu. These days you are not allowed on the bridge but can observe it from a viewing point close by.
If you plan to stay at Machu Picchu, then there are many hotels near Machu Picchu in the town of Aguas Calientes, from the deluxe five-star facilities to the budget backpacker inns. If you fancy a Machu Picchu honeymoon, then there are some beautiful hotels to choose from; the InkaTerra Machu Picchu Pueblo Hotel is one that you should investigate as it has some beautiful rooms, a great restaurant and is set among one of the most beautiful gardens in Peru.
Somethings you should know before you take your tour to Machu Picchu:
- There are two entrances to the citadel per day, one in the morning and one in the afternoon.
- You are not to walk on any part of Machu Picchu, there are guards protecting the site.
- You need to enter Machu Picchu with a licensed guide.
- There are lines to enter the site.
- There are lines for the bus up to and down from Machu Picchu.
- The site opens at 6 am and closes at 5 pm daily.
- The weather at Machu Picchu can change suddenly, so you will need to take clothes that will cater to all weather conditions.
- A raincoat is necessary.
- Do not forget to take your Passport, as you will not be able to enter without it.
- Do not forget your sunscreen and insect repellent.
- You are not allowed to take food into Machu Picchu, snacks and water are allowed but in plastic bottles-no glass.
- No walking sticks are allowed unless absolutely required.
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