The Machu Picchu, Peru
Visiting Machu Picchu is a dream for many, and rightly so! The ancient Incan citadel is not only an archaeological wonder but also offers breathtaking vistas. Here are some tips and things to see and do when visiting Machu Picchu
1. The Intihuatana Stone: A ritual stone associated with astronomy. 2. Room of the Three Windows: These trapezoidal windows are a classic example of Incan architecture. 3. The Sun Temple: An elliptical building with exquisite masonry. 4. Visit the Inca Bridge: It's a short walk from the main site and offers a glimpse of the Incan's engineering prowess.
1. Climb Huayna Picchu: This is the iconic peak that sits behind the main site. It's a steep climb, but the views are phenomenal. Note: This requires a separate ticket and there's a limit on daily visitors. 2. Climb Machu Picchu Mountain: A longer and less steep climb than Huayna Picchu but offers equally stunning views.
1. Plan Ahead: Permits are limited, especially if you want to hike the Inca Trail, so book well in advance. 2. Weather: The best time to visit is during the dry season, from May to September. The rainy season (November to March) is less crowded but there's a higher risk of landslides and train cancellations. 3. Arrive Early: Machu Picchu can get crowded. To avoid the largest crowds and enjoy the sunrise, try to be one of the first visitors in the morning.
1. Stay Hydrated and Pack Snacks: There's no food or water available inside Machu Picchu, so bring your own. 2. Altitude Sickness: Cusco and Machu Picchu are at high altitudes. Spend a couple of days acclimating in Cusco before your visit. Drinking coca tea and staying hydrated can also help. 3. Dress Appropriately: Wear comfortable hiking shoes, bring rain gear, and layer your clothing. The weather can change rapidly.
Pack mountain boots, sunscreen, a hat, sunglasses, altitude pills, and a lightweight backpack for essentials like a camera, snacks, and water, as the region's climate is unpredictable.
Acclimate upon arrival, avoid strenuous activities, walk slowly, rest when needed, sleep well, eat lightly, and skip alcohol. Try coca tea or coca leaves, the locals' preferred remedy. Soroche pills are also available in Peruvian pharmacies.