All you need to know to get to Machu Picchu
“Lost City” Machu Picchu — the most famous and most enigmatic monument of the Inca culture in the world, included, of course, in the UNESCO List. It was opened only 100 years ago. Traveling to Machu Picchu — an unforgettable experience. Learn more about this historic site and about the features of the trip.
When to go to Machu Picchu
For Machu Picchu travel you need to choose the best time year. The coolest period in Machu Picchu is summer. In July, often there are frosts, during the day without warm clothes also can not do, otherwise high in the mountains will be quite uncomfortable. It is better to go to the dry season from November to April — this is the best time to travel to Machu Picchu. Otherwise, there is a risk of encountering overlapping roads due to rain, which will erode the slopes.
Moreover, in May-October it can be not only noticeably cold, but also damp – the mountains are covered with thick fogs, and often a dank wind blows. The temperature difference is quite noticeable: in the afternoon it will be hot in a T-shirt, and at night you will have to wear a warm sweater.
Machu Picchu travel: is it difficult to get there?
A lost city among the clouds attracts travelers from all over the world for more than 100 years. The road here before was long, difficult and dangerous, now it’s just a long and difficult, or expensive. But the way to Machu Picchu is an adventure, which you will be able to remember with pleasure, and interesting and interesting to tell years later, and travel photos from a trip around Peru — can’t be compared with banal pictures from the hotel and the palm tree. Learn how to travel to Machu Picchu.
Go to Peru. The road to the treasured old city is not simple and quite expensive. How to travel to Machu Picchu cheap? On the fir st flight from your country use low-costers. This will help to save enough money on the trip. Also, do not forget that flying through several points is cheaper than direct. So, you can go through, for example, Miami or New York, which is much cheaper and faster, but there is an additional problem in the form of obtaining a transit visa for the United States. Perhaps the most optimal variants of the transplant are Madrid and Havana, with some reservations — London.
From Lima to Cusco. Then from Lima you need to get to Cuzco — the ancient capital of the Incas. The best way to travel from Lima to Machu Picchu lies precisely through Cuzco. This way can be overcome on the plane, or on a public bus. The first method will save a lot of time, but it will be more expensive. Aircraft run between Cuzco and Lima daily, in a schedule of up to 10 flights. On the way 1 hour and 20 minutes, tickets — 307-327 PEN at one end.
On the bus to go frankly for a long time — 20-22 hours, the case when it does not help even the night moving in a comfortable armchair-bed. Transportation companies are engaged in bus transportations, you can address, for example in Grupo Ormeno and Excluciva. The first site offers a booking through a feedback form, tickets cost around 135 PEN. Excluciva has the opportunity to choose a seat in the salon and pay for the ticket yourself. On the route there are cars of different levels of comfort — from economy to luxury class, when choosing the location you can see the photos. Tickets in buses of different classes cost 72 PEN, 92-123 PEN and 143-164 PEN.
Such different paths from Cuzco to Machu Picchu. From Cusco to Machu Picchu about 110 km. It is necessary by public transport or taxi to reach the railway station “Poroy” in Cuzco or to the station “Ollanta” in the Sacred Valley. From there, on a tourist train or in a tourist train car, you arrive at Aguas Calientes, the historic town of Machu Picchu. Trains of different classes go several times a day, until Machu Picchu is 3-4 hours. The most budgetary options will cost 276-318 PEN, a trip on the branded named train “Hiram Bingham” costs 1570 PEN. You can see the schedule and book a seat on the carrier’s website.
Another option is to go from Cusco by bus to the Hydroelectric Power Station in Urubamba. For the ticket ask 60-80 PEN. The trip is difficult – 6 hours of continuous serpentines. If there is an unpleasant experience of motion sickness on the road – it is better to stock up with special pills, special packages and strength of mind. But do not worry, such a difficult way is worth it. Those who arrived at the place are offered two options – the rest of the way to Aguas Calientes, take the train for 60 PEN or go by rail on foot. Free, beautiful, not very long – 2-3 hours, depends on physical fitness.
On the spot. Final spurt. At the destination, look for a bus stop and another 15-20 minutes by bus to the entrance to the archaeological site of Machu Picchu, located at an altitude of 2400 m above sea level. For the lift on the bus, you’ll have to lay out another 25-35 PEN, but going up steep, on foot it’s quite difficult to master. Bus tickets are advised to be bought the day before the planned visit to Machu Picchu. By the way, a ticket to the ancient city of the Incas is also better to buy in advance. You can do it with the help of the official site of the site. For adult foreign tourists, entrance fee is 128 PEN.
If you got to the lost city, then we can only envy you. Although the path is not simple, the species and nature that opens up to travelers is magnificent. And to visit the legendary city of Incas, in the heart of the Peruvian Andes — this is one of the most unforgettable journeys in life.
By its size, Machu Picchu is a small city, it has only about 200 buildings, in which, presumably, lived just over a thousand people. There you have to take a walk through narrow streets, surrounded by lamas, walk along the stunning terraces, from which you can see a beautiful view of the valley of the river.