We are sure you’ve heard about Machu Picchu, a mysterious and ancient Inca citadel located few hours from Cusco city. There are so many stories about its origins. We invite you to travel and discover for yourself the mystery of the most famous Inca citadel. We have put together ths brief yet helpful information guide for a trip to Machu Picchu.
To start your trip, take one of the trains to Machu Picchu, either at Poroy or Ollantaytambo station, there are several prices and categories so it is not hard to find one that suits your budget. The train will arrive to the town of Aguas Calientes, where you will take a bus drive up Machu Picchu Mountain, where the real adventure and Machu Picchu tour will begin.
The best way to have a full and peaceful visit to Machu Picchu is to get there with a pre-booked tour as only 2,500 visitors are allowed to enter the citadel each day; and as one can imagine, there are lots of people from all over the world that wishes to reach the lost city of the Incas. Machu Picchu doors are opened at 6 am. At that time you can appreciate and relax in front of one of the most beautiful sunrise you’ll ever see, when the sun glows between the stone walls and the humid trees surrounding. If your desire is to also climb the Huayna Picchu you need to book your tour well in advance as there is also a limited number of 200 visitors a day. We also recommend that you spend the night in Aguas Calientes, where you can find from the most luxurious hotels to basic but clean tourist hotels, but beware; this also should be planned in advance. Staying near Machu Picchu will give you the time you need to explore the citadel, watch the sunrise, climb the Huayna Picchu Mountain, and enjoy the beauty of the flora and fauna of the Peruvian cloud forest.
Machu Picchu can be visited throughout the year, and there are only two distinct seasons during the year: the dry season between May and November, and the rainy season from December to April, although as a rule it is a rainy area, so during the dry season we may also be surprised by some precipitation. Temperatures during the day are usually warm, but due to its altitude above the sea level, nights might be cold, especially during the dry season.
Selected as one of the “Seven Wonders of the World” in 2007, the citadel of Machu Picchu is undoubtedly the major tourist attraction in Peru. That famous view from above the ruins is one that you will never forget! Don’t think about it twice, plan your trip to Peru now.
We are sure it will be a mystical, magical and a surreal experience. Have you ever imagined the feeling of been in such a place like this? Share your thoughts with us, how do you think it will feel to be in this mind-blowing stonemasonry citadel on top of a steep mountain?