Machu Picchu Travel Guide
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Member Reviews (15)
- Machu PicchuMember ofLocal CultureOutdoor EnthusiastsFoodies+ 4Nov 23, 2013
Incredible. Whether you have approached on the Inca Trail or by bus, the reward of Machu Picchu is ample reward for the effort. Well worth seeing over multiple days so that you can enjoy being there and observing it in different light / weather conditions. Don't do what I did on my first visit and make it a quick visit after a long trail hike.
- Machu PicchuApr 03, 2013
Machu Picchu is definitely a must-see in Peru! Go on a hike and enjoy the surrounding beauty. Although the ruins are wonderful as well, don't expect too much - only a small percentage of the original ruins are there and the rest have been rebuilt. Either way, definitely worth a short trip there!
- Machu PicchuMar 27, 2013
I have long heard about the glorious Machu Picchu, but never really understood why it was such a sought after destination. My friend Julie Love recommended I read ” Turn Right at Machu Picchu”, which helped me understand the history, re-discovery and modern popularity in a humorous yet informative fashion.
To give an unfairly short recap, the Incan Empire’s capital city of Cusco had several small towns built in the nearby Sacred Valley, including Machu Picchu. The Inca Paquette designed this retreat on a mountaintop filled with temples, farming terraces and urban sectors. After the Spanish conquest, the city was mostly ignored until 1911 when Hiram Bingham, a Yale professor, came to Peru. While traveling through the Sacred Valley, he received a tip about some ruins on top of an old mountain. When he reached the mountain, a farmer’s child took him on a tour of the ruins. A year later Bingham returned with National Geographic, and in my humble opinion, conducted one of the greatest marketing campaigns ever. The rediscovery of this dramatic city has inspired a century worth of travelers to come see Machu Picchu for themselves.In my experience, I took the train from Ollyantaytambo, arrived in Agua Calientes and then rode the somewhat frightening bus up the mountain’s countless switchbacks. It took me about three hours to wander the Lost City and soak up the famous views. I highly recommend hiring a guide to explain the significance of the agricultural and urban sectors, as well as the temples and ceremonial areas. My guide Viram shared several historical stories and myths while she dodged the tourists and rocky paths, which really enriched my tour.
There are several other hikes available for those up to the challenge. For example, there is a trail up to the sungate, which is the official entrance to Machu Picchu, or up the famous mountaintop of Waynapicchu. After exerting all your energy for the day, you can either stop at the Orient Express Sanctuary hotel or take the bus back down to Aguas Calientes. I decided to head back down to Inkaterra, my beyond incredible retreat for the evening (see my review for more information on this lush nature reserve).
One of the best parts of Machu Picchu is the infinite number of ways you can experience it. You can hike the Inca Trails, which can take anywhere between four to ten days, or you can ride the (ironically named) luxury Hiram Bingham train. You can even have the best of both worlds both by taking the train then hiking for just a day. Whatever your preference is, there is something just for you at Machu Picchu.
Thanks to Julie and Viram, now I get it…
- Machu PicchuMar 05, 2014
The pictures you see on television don't do this place justice, you HAVE to be there to get a true sense of the place. It's not only the structures themselves, it's the surrounding mountains, the valley beliw, the skies (clear skies if you are lucky, like I was), the clouds, the air - everything about Machu Picchu is, in one word, magical.
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