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Reviewed 18 March 2020 via mobile

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.

Date of experience: August 2019
2  Thank ScaniaSwede
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Reviewed 12 March 2020

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.

Date of experience: May 2019
1  Thank rayporsche
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Reviewed 8 March 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.

Date of experience: February 2020
2  Thank Rafal W
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Reviewed 7 March 2020

One of the most beautiful and iconic places in the world. It is not for nothing that tourist streams flow to this place.

Date of experience: February 2020
1  Thank Maris Z
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Reviewed 6 March 2020

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 .

Date of experience: December 2019
1  Thank sandrinami
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