How to Organize a Trip to Machu Picchu

by Freddy August 30, 2022
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Machu Picchu is visited by almost a million tourists every year and now after the Covid pandemic, Machu Picchu is again visited by thousands of tourists, being one of the tourist attractions that is proud to be one of the seven wonders of the world announced by The United Nations Organization UNESCO.
Machu Picchu is one of the most popular tourist destinations in Peru and visiting it can be an unforgettable experience. If you are thinking of organizing a travel to Machu Picchu, here are some tips so that you can plan your trip successfully:

1.-How to get to Machu Picchu

During the last decades. To visit Machu Picchu, the first thing is to take a flight to Lima, in Lima you can do a city tour, and then you must take a flight to the City of Cusco (45 minutes) or also a Lima Cusco bus trip that will take 20 hours traveling, when you arrive in Cusco you can walk around the city or take a city tour to acclimatize to the altitude, in Cusco you must take transport from Cusco to Ollantaytambo and finally you must board the train to the town of Aguas Calientes. In Machu Picchu town you can spend the night so that the next day you go up to the Inca citadel of Machu Picchu. As you will see, getting to Machu Picchu is not so easy since it requires you to reserve entrance tickets, transportation, and hostels.

2.-Buy the ticket to Machu Picchu

Before your trip you must book your entrance ticket to Machu Picchu, it is important that you book it 2 to 3 months in advance since in high season there is a high demand for tourists, to reserve them you can make them through the official website machupicchu.gob.pe within the website you will find different options and times to purchase your tickets. Remember that if you are part of the Andean Community (Colombia, Ecuador, Bolivia) you have a special discount, also students with a valid ISIC card have a discount.

3.-How to get to Machu Picchu

To get to Machu Picchu you have several routes that you can choose from among the most common we have Machu Picchu by Train, there is also Machu Picchu by Bus which will take you to the hydroelectric plant and then you will have to walk to the town of Aguas Calientes. If you like hiking and adventure, you can take the famous Inca Trail, the Salkantay Trail, the Inca Jungle Trail, or a hike through the Lares Valley that also reaches Machu Picchu through a route through the Andes of the Sacred Valley.

4.-When to go and what is the best time

The best time to visit Machu Picchu is the dry season which starts from April to November. However, sometimes you can have bad weather due to climate change since Machu Picchu is located in the high jungle. It is recommended to visit Cusco in the month of June since it is the month of its anniversary and cultural parades are organized and above all the celebration of the Inti Raymi (festival of the sun) is carried out.

5.-What do I need to bring to Machu Picchu

To visit Machu Picchu you should consider bringing the following items:

  1. Take your passport and your identity document.
  2. Change currency to soles upon arrival in Peru.
  3. It is essential to wear good non-slip shoes with a thick sole.
  4. If you visit Cusco and Machu in the rainy season, it is important to bring waterproof clothing, a poncho, or an umbrella.
  5. It is important that you bring sunscreen and also a repellent against mosquitoes.
  6. If you are going to go on trekking tours, take some good walking sticks.
  7. Wear a thick jacket, wool gloves, a scarf, and a wool cap, for the dry season, since it is very cold at night and early in the morning.
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