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Tips for your travel to Machu Picchu

If you are planning to visit the most important Inca citadel in Peru then you’ll need a few tips to keep in mind when traveling to Machu Picchu in Cuzco. The first, obviously, is to get to Cuzco. Many people first travel to Lima and then to Cuzco by connecting flights there so this would be a useful way to go. If you travel by bus, the trip from Lima to Cuzco lasts 23 hours. The best time to visit is from November to March which is when there is little rain. Although, if you are from Europe you may have time to plan your trip between July and September. During this period you can visit all the tourist attractions but you should always take into account the warm clothes and climbing shoes that may be necessary if there is a torrential rain.

Machu Picchu (Peru)

Machu Picchu (Peru)

Machu Picchu Terraces and Huts

Machu Picchu Terraces and Huts

Once we’re in Cuzco we head for Aguas Calientes. From there we climb the citadel using the services of Peru Rail, Machu Picchu Inca Rail and Train which all depart from Ollantaytambo station. To enter Machu Picchu one must pay the amount of 126 dollars and it is best to buy tickets in the House of Culture of Aguas Calientes where one can make purchase by credit card, only Visa accepted. If we have time and physical strength then aim for the Inca Trail, it is important to note that we reserve our place at least three to six months before. There are groups of 10-14 people.

Machu Picchu Huts

Machu Picchu Huts

Spectacular Machu Picchu

Spectacular Machu Picchu

If you have a taste for adventure sports then there’s nothing like climbing the Huayna Picchu. A mountain over 2600 meters high that can be accessed daily but only by four people. This rise has a medium difficulty and requires a time of at least an hour and a half. You’ll need hiking shoes and water. Where to sleep? The ideal is to sleep in Aguas Calientes where one can find different offers for accommodation.

Aerial View of Machu Picchu, Huayna Picchu

Aerial View of Machu Picchu, Huayna Picchu

Machu Picchu Citadel

Machu Picchu Citadel

Finally, we do not recommend changing money on the streets in Peru and even be careful to do it in banks and exchange houses as this country does not accept the dollars and have many labels, brands, some breakage however minimal , among others. Therefore, it is recommended to check ticket per ticket to avoid problems later when trying to pay for them.

Machu Picchu Peru

Machu Picchu Peru

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Machu Picchu photos: Nicoas Duval, Paul Fernandez, Tyra Saenz, wbirt1, Carmenza Arango, Elohim Barros, Benjamin Dumas.

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