If you visit one of the most extraordinary and spiritual places in the world, you will want to do everything right. Then it would be interested to know “the most common mistakes made by travelers” who take Machu Picchu trip. Among them, do not book the Machu Picchu tickets, succumb to the charms of pisco (national drink of Peru), or believe that you can tour Machu Picchu without a guide. Well, really if you can do it, because Machu Picchu is amazing even without knowing anything about it. But believe, if you get a good guide in Machu Picchu, it will be the best experiences of your life. These are the most frequent errors in Cusco and Machu Picchu.
Plan to pay by credit or debit card
Most tourists are used to paying a large part of the services with a card, and it is safer than carrying cash. But remember that it is mandatory to pay with cash the entrance to Machu Picchu, the bus, the guide and the bathroom. Furthermore, not all hotels and restaurants offer card payment (especially the most economical ones only accept cash). For foreigners, ensure a sum approx. of $ 150. For Peruvians, take approx. 200 soles.
To think that the only option to see the sunrise in Machu Picchu is to stay at the Sanctuary Lodge.
There are buses that go up to Machu Picchu from 5:30 am and arrive in 20 minutes, perfect time to see the sunrise. In Aguas Calientes there are luxury and economic hotels, according to your budget. You can also walk up.
Do not book Machu Picchu tickets in advance
Many of the people who travel to Machu Picchu in Peru, seek the excitement of traveling the most amazing places on their own. However, if you want to travel to Machu Picchu on your own; there is something that is definitely the most important thing about the trip to Machu Picchu. I am talking about book entry tickets to the Inca city. The availability of tickets to Machu Picchu is limited; so some tickets must be reserved months in advance.
The Machu Picchu + Huayna Picchu ticket will have to be booked 6 months in advance. Otherwise you may have to accommodate the remaining available tickets and schedules. Also remember that you will not be able to enter Machu Picchu if you do not present a copy of your passport, along with the printed copy of your Machu Picchu ticket.
Try to make the whole trip to Machu Picchu in one day
If you have the opportunity and the necessary time, try to spend the night before your visit in Aguas Calientes (Machu Picchu town). Especially if you decided to climb some of the Machu Picchu mountains!!. The first time to enter the mountain Huayna Picchu is at 7 am. If you want to do everything the same day, you will miss the possibility of being in the entrance to the Huayna Picchu mountain at the right time. Then, after spending the night in Aguas Calientes, you can board the first bus to Machu Picchu, and be one of the first people to enter the Inca city, with the possibility of seeing the sunrise of Machu Picchu, inside the Inca city, or from some of the mountains around it.
Suppose you do not need a guide
It is easy to sunbathe in such a wonderful environment as Machu Picchu. It is also easy to be amazed with a structure like the Intihuatana. But it will be better if someone tells you that this stone is cordoned off. Just because there were many people who touched it to feel its energy and which marks exactly solstices and equinoxes, which is known as the stone that radiates energy. Yes, you will need a guide in Machu Picchu. Although you can use your Smarthphone to see what it is about. But there is nothing better than an experienced guide to explain the wonderfulness of each of the Machu Picchu structures. Do not let your guide ruin your trip to Machu Picchu, know how to hire a guide in Machu Picchu.
Carry a lot of luggage
Do not carry too much luggage with you, it is not allowed in Machu Picchu and you will not need it, but it is not only Machu Picchu, nor will you be allowed to board the train with a very large backpack, so take only what is absolutely necessary. It is not necessary to wear dresses or jewelry, just comfortable and fresh clothes.So try to package the necessary.