Machu Picchu, during the last decades, has become the most popular place in South America. The Old Mountain (translation to the Castilian of the name Inca Machu Picchu) is visited every year by almost one million tourists (they are not more by the restrictions imposed for their better archaeological preservation) and proudly carries the honor of being one of the Seven Wonders of the World declared by Unesco. Now discover the most interesting hiking to Machu Picchu tips:
To hiking to Machu Picchu you must first fly to the Cuzco airport. You can go from Cusco to Machu Picchu in three different ways:
Boarding the train in the direction of Aguas Calientes. You have two options to go from Cusco to Machu Picchu by train:
- Go from Cusco to Machu Picchu in one day: you leave Cusco on the train that leaves at 3 or 4 in the morning and arrive at the town of Aguas Calientes, located at the foot of Machu Picchu, in the morning. From Aguas Calientes you can go up to Machu Picchu walking or with the bus. Then you return to Cusco in the same way.
- Go from Cusco to Machu Picchu in two days: you take the train from Cusco to Aguas Calientes and you spend the night there, being able to leave very soon the next day to the ruins of Machu Picchu. After the visit, you can take the train back to Ollantaytambo and, after visiting the place, continue with a bus to Cusco.
Both options are priced at USD 200 or USD 300.
To go from Cusco to Aguas Calientes you can take the bus that leaves you at the stop called Hidroelectric (last stop before reaching Aguas Calientes), via Santa María.
From here you have a good 3 hour hike, taking as companions the train tracks and the waters of the river, to Aguas Calientes. Make a night in the town and visit Machu Picchu the next day. This option is somewhat cheaper than the train (150-200 USD), but the truth is that the journey by bus, which runs along roads in many sections, will test your heart.
The most amazing adventure do you hear about Inca Trail? Highly recommended for those adventurous trekkers this Inca Trail have two very famous versions:
- Short Inca Trail: 2 days visiting unique inca remains and unusual landscapes in the mountains
- Classic Inca Trail: 4 days full of mysticism, history , adventure and culture
When to go to Machu Picchu?
It is not so easy to choose when to visit Machu Picchu. Basically, in Peru there are two seasons: wet and dry.
- The dry season runs from May to October.So during this time you will have a more pleasant visit in terms of the time you will find, but it is also true that you will have to share your experience with many more people and you will find everything more expensive (accommodation, guides, trekking, etc.)
- From November to April (the rainy season), the prices are lower and there are fewer people, but sometimes there are landslides caused by the rains that hinder the visit. In February, in addition, the Inca Trail is closed for maintenance (although you can visit Machu Picchu).
What to take to Machu Picchu:
This point is fundamental:
- Do not forget your passport! You will not be able to enter without it. It’s like you’re crossing the time boundary.
- The entrance to the city of Machu Picchu and, where appropriate, the mountains of Huayna Picchu and Machu Picchu.
- Some money for the stamp in the passport (1 sol), go to the bathroom (1 sol) and buy something to eat or buy souvenirs.
- The camera. You do not want to run out of photos of Machu Picchu!
- Good walking shoes or trekking boots.
- Water, especially if the sun hits.
- Something to eat (the nearby restaurant is expensive).
- Sunglasses and sunscreen.
- Umbrella or raincoat (if you see the threatening sky).
Not to take to Machu Picchu
- Tripod for the camera: its use is not allow
- A big backpack: you can take a small backpack for the road, but nothing of the big backpacks of backpackers that take the house to slopes.
- Sticks for walking: you will not be able to take them even if the skewers are covered with rubber.
- Large umbrella