How to save on your trip to Machu Picchu

If you are planning a trip to Machu Picchu, you probably already know that it can be expensive. However, with a few tips and tricks you can save money without sacrificing the quality of your trip. Here are some tips to help you save on your trip to Machu Picchu:

Book in advance: One of the best ways to save money on your trip to Machu Picchu is to book your entrance tickets and accommodation in advance. By booking early, you can find better prices and available options. In addition, by making reservations in advance, you ensure that you do not miss the opportunity to visit Machu Picchu due to lack of availability.

Visit in low season: Machu Picchu is a very popular tourist destination, so prices in high season may be higher. If you want to save money, consider visiting in the off-season, when prices may be lower. Plus, there are fewer tourists, which means you’ll have a calmer, more relaxed experience. The low season is generally in the months of January, February and March, the big drawback is that in these months it is the rainy season.

Use public transport: Consider that to get to Machu Picchu there are two alternatives either by train or by bus. It is evident that traveling by bus will be cheaper, however it has its drawbacks since you will make a trip of more than 6 hours and you will have to walk for approximately 2 hours until you reach the town of Aguas Calientes. If you opt to take the train, make sure you book early to get the best prices.

Bring your own food: Machu Picchu has many restaurant options available, but they can be quite expensive. If you want to save money on food, bring your own food. You can buy non-perishable food and drinks in Cusco before leaving for Machu Picchu. Also remember that the climate is humid and quite warm, so the food you bring must be dry and fresh.

Make your own hike: Hiring a guide or a tour can be expensive. If you have hiking experience and are comfortable hiking alone, you can save a lot of money by hiking on your own. However, be sure to do full research on the route, permits, and equipment requirements before you set off.

Shop for souvenirs at local markets: Machu Picchu has many souvenir vendors, but prices can be high. If you want to save money on souvenirs, shop at local markets in Cusco or other nearby cities. You can also haggle prices at local markets, which will allow you to get better prices.

Look for cheap accommodation options: Cusco has accommodation options for all budgets, but if you are looking to save money, look for cheap options. You can find hostels and hostels that offer comfortable and affordable accommodation. Also, many of them are located close to tourist attractions and the city center, so you won’t have to spend much on transportation.

By following these tips, you can save money on your trip to Machu Picchu and still enjoy an unforgettable experience.