Santuario Historico de Machu Picchu

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Santuario Historico de Machu Picchu

Santuario Historico de Machu Picchu
Historic Sites • Ancient Ruins
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Ottawa, Canada32 contributions
Getting high on Inca culture
May 2019
We took the bus from Agua Calientes up the mountain to the MP gate entrance at 8a.m. rather than climb the stairway. This let us catch the sunrise over the east mountain ridge as it illuminated this ancient, isolated Inca city. What a sight! Peru is protecting this unique architectural artifact and we appreciated that the daily number of visitng tourists was controlled. Wandering through this City you can almost imagine the ancient peoples there going about their daily lives. You can walk down via a twisting, manageable stairway, but wear good hiking boots. Imagine how the locals did it several times a day, back in their day. Hiring a tour guide is essential as there is some much information to garner. Be prepared to see something awesome. And go SOON as the government is likely to further restrict visitor numbers so as to protect the site.
Written 11 March 2020
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Rafal W
Skoki, Poland1,391 contributions
Ruins in the mist.
Feb 2020
Getting from Cuzco to Machu Picchu took me over ten hours. Well, not to the Machu Picchu directly, but to the Aguas Calientes that lies below it, at the bottom of valley at Urubamba River. First, minibus took our party to Hidroelectrica. From there we had two options, wait for train or walk along the tracks. We walked. After reaching Aguas Calientes we had to find some place to stay for a night, which was quite easy as there's plenty of hotels, hostels, inns and B&Bs. Visiting Machu Picchu had to wait for the next day, as it already was quite late. But getting from Aguas Calientes to the site of Machu Picchu located on 7970 ft mountain ridge wasn't that easy either. You can't buy a ticket on the entrance to the archaeological site. It have to be done online or at local Cultural Centre that can be found near small plaza. It's open from 5:30 AM. From Aguas Calientes you can either climb it up, which takes roughly 1.5-2 hours or take a minibus Our schedule for that day was a bit tight, therefore, we chose the latter option. Return ticket for a bus costs 24$ so it wasn't a tragedy. The trick was that we couldn't buy a ticket from driver, but we had to find ticket office which is located in one of the side streets from Avenida Hermanos Ayar. Finally, after little hassle we got there. Inca constructed this awesome place quite late, because works on the site started somewhere between 1450 and 1460. Depends on the sources of course, because archaeologists cannot agree on specific date for its construction. Either, they cannot agree on for which of Inca emperors it was erected. Popular opinion says that Pachacutec Inca Yupanqui (1438-1471) has ordered its construction, and the works on site were carried out by next great Inca emperor, Tupac Inca Yupanqui (1472-1493). The site of this royal estate or citadel, was used for 80 years only, as Inca Empire crumbled after arrival of Spanish Conquistadors under Francisco Pizarro in 1532. Actually, Spaniards themselves has never reached Machu Picchu. World learned of its existence in 1911 thanks to Hiram Bingham, American historian and explorer, who, on that year organized expedition in part to search for capital of Inca empire It is still not know why exactly the site was abandoned as it was never captured by conquistadors. One of the theories says that most of its inhabitants died of smallpox introduced by newcomers from Europe and the survivors fled before Spanish has reached valley of Urubamba River. The site of Machu Picchu is huge and can be divided into three areas. Main site with remains of the houses, temples, terraces and royal tomb clustered on mountain ridge and around the main square. To the south of it lies Inca Bridge and Temple of the Sun, and to the north and beyond Huayna Picchu peak, Temple of the Moon and other Inca ruins can be found. To visit all of those places full day is needed. And good condition as reaching some of them require a lot of climbing of steep and slippery paths. The best time for visiting Machu Picchu is probably early in the morning (site is open from 6 AM) because later on it can be quite crowded, and on afternoon there can be some rain falls There are two kind of tickets for the site. Cheaper one for main site only that costs 152 soles and expensive one ( 200 soles or so) for the entire area. I don't know why, but when I asked for ticket for the entire area, they sold me cheaper one anyways. Being already there I'd learned that access to the southern area was partly closed down ( due to the torrential rains?), as for northern part, oh well, for another 100 soles you could go there outside of schedule. The access to the entire site is limited. They having specific number of tourists they letting in daily. No big luggage,rucksacks or bags are allowed to be brought in, you'll have to leave them in a storage room. Also, there's no toilets to be found on site after entering it, it would be wise, therefore, to visit it before entering the site. The paths can be very narrow and slippery, you'll need proper boots then. While climbing up the paths leading to any of the peaks it's good to remember about your own safety and the others. Again it will be wise to give a way to descending people as paths can be very steep and narrow. and there won't be enough room for passing by each other. Every year few people falls to their deaths from the narrow paths around Huayna Picchu, so it's better to be careful and mindful. And you'll always have a time to catch a breath. Take a water with you. Climbing up the mountain can be more challenging than any workout. And of course don't forget to bring with you some waterproof stuff, you may need it. Although there's no danger of malaria or dengue it's better to bring some insects repellents. Just in case. Overall, the site of Machu Picchu is simply beautiful and worth of the effort of getting there. I had a really grate time there. It was one of the most scenic places I'd visited. So if you got a bit of spare time and you don't know where to go to, visiting Machu Picchu could be good idea. And at the very end, I would like to thank Daphne " I wanna picture" for her company and help. It was great fun to explore this site together.
Written 8 March 2020
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Maris Z
Sigulda, Latvia388 contributions
Feb 2020
One of the most beautiful and iconic places in the world. It is not for nothing that tourist streams flow to this place.
Written 6 March 2020
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Italy13 contributions
Dec 2019
I was expecting for a lot of people but not to line ... waiting for turists making selfies ;-(
to get to the place is a fantastic journey . the place it self is a delution. I have been told that going at dawn is much better .
Written 6 March 2020
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San Juan, Puerto Rico8 contributions
My dream come true
May 2019
It was a dream to saw that historic wonderful of the world. I went through everything without hurry. The day was clear and we taje da lotos pictures. The tour guise did an excellent work explaining all with details. I celta wonderful at that place, you can feel that time.
Written 5 March 2020
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Bali, Indonesia4 contributions
Nice, but probably without a gazillion tourists and the scams to get there
Mar 2020 • Solo
The place was nice but I'm surprised it's got so many 5 star reviews. It's jam packed with tourists so you can barely move in places. I hope you like stopping 800 times so someone else can finish their picture.

Visiting it is pretty much a government run scam too. They purposely didn't build a road there to force people to take the train or trails at extortionate rates. I would say up to X10 times out of whack with local prices. Local politicians need new Mercedes each year and their offshore accounts topped up. Your probably feeding corruption. Thats not even getting into the damage/impact that swarms of people are having on the place but they'll keep the gravy train flowing for sure.

There are plenty of other less well known ruins across the continent but it's just a testament to the Instagram era and lack of any depth in most people that this place is so popular.
Written 4 March 2020
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Brenda A
3 contributions
Feb 2020 • Couples
Our visit to the Machu Pichu Site was great. Our weather was good and we were able to visit everywhere within our scheduled time allotted. Our Local Guide, Edwin, was able to tell us many interesting facts about what we were seeing. What a magical place! Well worth the time and effort to effect a visit.
Written 2 March 2020
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Bob F
Machu Picchu, Peru159 contributions
What a place - a must visit location.
Feb 2020 • Friends
We arrived early and before the majority of the tourist... This was the recommendation from our guide. We had a fantastic few hours at the site. The weather was in our favour with bright skies. This is really a must see..
Written 27 February 2020
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Stockholm, Sweden1,807 contributions
A dream came true
Feb 2020 • Solo
Machu Picchu had been on my list for years and I’ve finally got to go. We had the 6am slot and when we got there it was all cloudy and you couldn’t see a thing. That said, we took the 1 hour hike to the Inka bridge. At that time it was pretty much empty, after 7am it starts getting crowded right around the area where you need to sign up.

It took about 2-3 hours before the weather cleared up and by 11-12 it was all clear but we had to go. I was able to gain re-entry at the entrance to snap a quick picture by the first look-out, but we were lucky as this never happens. The site is spectacular and definitely a bucket list item. Outside you can get your passport stamped.

My advice during the rainy season is to be there not earlier than 10am as before then there are clouds especially early morning and you can’t see a thing. By 10am they clear (if you’re lucky) as the sun becomes stronger. There’s no reason to go at 6-7am during rainy season to beat the crowds as there are not many people anyway.
Written 26 February 2020
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David B
Jenkintown, PA312 contributions
Feb 2020
Machu Picchu
At first we thought just getting there was half the fun. We stayed at the Sumaq Hotel and can highly recommend the it, the restaurant and staff. We were there in late February when the crowds are minimal. You need some luck because this the rainy season. During spring, winter and fall they have little rain but overwhelming crowds. The other advantage of summer rain are the flowers and lush green cloud forest. You need a guide to get the full understanding of what you see and their experience walks you thru the maze in a pleasant fashion. We were overwhelmed during our four hour walk thru the palace. We started with blue sky and sun, amazing clouds and after three hours watched a rain storm approach the mountain tops. The last hour we walked in the rain. The experience far exceeded any expectations we had. Our guide Darcy was excellent. Great knowledge of how Machu Picchu was built and the local flora and fauna. Knowing what we know now we would have spend an additional day. We would have walked and enjoyed additional time in the jungle
Written 24 February 2020
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