Ultimate Guide to Visit Machu Picchu

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Planning a trip to Machu Picchu is an exciting endeavor.  Here's a step-by-step guide to help you prepare

Decide on the Best Time to Visit Machu Picchu

– Machu Picchu has a wet and dry season. The dry season (May to October) is the most popular time to visit but also the busiest. – The rainy season (November to April) sees fewer tourists, but the site can be cloudy, and the Inca Trail might be slippery.

Determine Your Budget:

Estimate costs for transportation, accommodation, tours, food, and any other activities you might want to do.

Decide How You'll Arrive: – Via Train: Most visitors take a train from Cusco to Aguas Calientes, the town at the base of Machu Picchu. – Trekking: Popular routes include the Inca Trail, the Salkantay Trek, and the Lares Trek.

Purchase Necessary Tickets

Machu Picchu Tickets: Limited numbers of tickets are sold per day. It's essential to book in advance. – Train Tickets: Book train tickets in advance if you're not trekking. – Inca Trail Permit: If you're hiking the Inca Trail, you'll need a permit. These are limited and can sell out months in advance.

Choose Accommodation

– In Cusco: Spend a few days here to acclimate to the altitude and explore the city. – In Aguas Calientes: There are various options, from budget hostels to luxury hotels.

Hire a Guide (Optional)

1. A guide can provide historical and cultural context. If you're hiking the Inca Trail, a guide is mandatory.

Preparation and Packing

– Altitude: Machu Picchu is over 2,400 meters above sea level. Consider taking altitude sickness pills or coca tea. – Packing: Bring rain gear, hiking shoes, sunscreen, insect repellent, water, snacks, and your passport (you can get a Machu Picchu stamp!).

Plan Other Activities

Huayna Picchu or Machu Picchu Mountain: If you want a higher view, consider hiking one of these peaks, but you'll need an additional ticket. – Cusco and Sacred Valley: Consider exploring these richly historical areas. The Sacred Valley includes sites like Ollantaytambo and Pisac.

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