And on my bucket list for 25 years and finally I got there with my husband and guide in cold (for Peru) August.
+ Views outstanding
+ Guide knew all the good photography views, so we got some really excellent pictures. He also took photos of us - great to have a private photographer!
Having said the above, I should also write that:
- Since the Peruvian authorities came with even stricter visiting rules in 2019, we only actually got 2.5 hrs at Macchu Picchu. The slot you get also seem to include the travelling time on the bus going up. We also had a train in the early evening and as our guide knew the queue going down could be really long, he made us leave MP well in advance. And the queue going down WAS long. There’s only this non-stop bus going between MP and the village. Some people walked, but it would also have taken a long time.
- Our trip: Train at 0800. Queue and bus and on site 11.00.
- Visit at Machu P 11-13.30.
- Queue & bus and down in the village again just before 3 pm Train 16.22. Our hotel the night before was very nice, but was quite far from the station, which contributed to our overall travelling time.
If I’d known what I know now, I’d have insisted on a hotel in the village so I could have got to MP as early as possible. There would have been less people and less time queuing resulting in more time at MP.
Needless to say, MP is not suitable for children, make sure you eat, drink and go to the toilet before entering the MP site. Bring water and be prepared for change in weather; hotter/colder.
Ask your guide about the timing on the site. Remember you cannot go back in many places, so you want to make you see as much as possible, but don’t want to come to the exit too early.
Consider visiting 2 days to see different parts of MP. in the program.