Breathtaking Vacations

High in Machu Picchu

Visit the iconic stone citadel at a 2,430m elevation and stunning panoramic views for our second new wonder of the world.

Welcome to the amazing ruins of #Machu Picchu. I have spent time looking for a nice filter to enhance the beauty of the contrast between rocks and jungle of the head photo, but the light that day was so fantastic that I just decided to post the original. My trip to #Peru included Lima and Cusco, but both cities deserve their own articles.

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Although the ruins were built around the 15th century, they were not discovered until 1911 by the explorer Hiram Bingham, who bravely cut through the jungle looking for the Inca ruins of Peru. There are basically two ways to get to Machu Picchu: train or hiking – all leaving from Cusco.

The classic hiking trip chosen by many is the 4-day walking tour called Inka Trail. It is advisable to have a tour arranged to avoid wasting time or getting lost, plus the fun of hearing more about the history behind this 82km walk.

Since I had little time, I decided to take the bus from Cusco to Ollantaytambo, and from there a nice train took me the rest of the way to the city of Aguas Calientes at the bottom of the mountain. I had spent the night in Aguas Calientes for an authentic Peruvian dinner and took the bus early in the morning from Aguas Calientes to Machu Picchu.

There are only two visiting times for the ruins: from 6:00 am to 12:00 pm, and then 12:00 pm to 17:30 pm with a maximum of 2,500 visitors per day. So the best strategy to visit Machu Picchu is planning ahead of time. Check Peru website for the most up to date information regarding opening hours and ticket availability. Don’t forget to bring sunscreen during summer and a jacket during winter, a big bottle of water and your passport – yes, it’s required.

There are no tickets for sale at the entrance of the site, so make sure to purchase yours in advance. If attention to detail is not your strength, consider a guided tour or a travel agent for your traveling needs.

Peru Rail or Inca Rail
The train trip between Cusco (Poroy station) or Ollantaytambo to Machu Picchu is gorgeous, but it surely comes with a price. Tickets could cost around USD 150.00 for a 3-hour or 1,5-hour train ride per person for a roundtrip. The trains have panoramic windows for optimal views of the stunning landscape of the sacred valley and the packages vary from basic seats to luxurious experience with welcome Pisco, 4-course menu and even life music.

Both Peru Rail and Inca Rail offer the same routes.