During the last decades Machu Picchu has become the most popular place in South America. The Lost City of the Incas is visited every year by almost one million tourists and carries with hauteur the honor of being one of the Seven Wonders of the World declared by UNESCO.
How To Get To Machu Picchu
To go to Machu Picchu, first you have to get to Cuzco. The easiest way is to take a plane.
From Cuzco to Machu Picchu you can take a train or a bus.
Take the train from Cuzco that leaves at 3 or 4 in the morning to arrive to the town of Aguas Calientes, located at the foot of Machu Picchu. From Aguas Calientes you can go up to Machu Picchu by foot or by bus. You can also spend a night in Aguas Calientes, in order to go to Machu Picchu early in the morning.
To get to Aguas Calientes from Cuzco you can take a bus and hop off on the stop Hidroeléctrica (the stop before Aguas Calientes). From here you have a good 3 hour hike to Aguas Calientes, taking as companions the train tracks and the sounds of the river. It is better to spend a night in town and visit Machu Picchu the next day.
Choose Your Machu Picchu’s Trail
If you have chosen to go to Machu Picchu by foot, you still have to choose between several types of trekking.
1. The classic Inca Trail:
It is the most famous in South America and one of the most desired in the world. For 4 days you will walk among Inca ruins, beautiful valleys and the spectacular landscapes of Machu Picchu National Park. The price starts from 560 USD.
2. The Inca Tour in the Jungle:
It combines walking and pedaling through a mix of mountain, jungle and the ancient Inca Trail. In addition, it includes rafting on the Vilcanota River and a zipline in the Santa Teresa canyons. The price starts from 450 USD.
3. The Salkantay trekking:
This adventure is considered to be one of the best trekking in the world, according to the National Geographic magazine. It takes you 4 days through the beautiful and tough Vilcabamba mountain range. It is a less crowded and a prettier route – in terms of nature, glaciers and vast valleys – than the Inca Trail. The price starts from 550 USD.
4. The Lares trekking:
This option has less demand than others, but it is an excellent alternative to the most famous routes. Here you will combine glaciers, valleys, lakes, forests and mountains with a visit to Quechua communities. The price ranges from 200 to 400 USD.
The Best Time To Go To Machu Picchiu
It is not easy to choose the best time to visit Machu Picchu. Basically, in Peru there are two seasons: wet and dry. The dry season runs from May to October. During this time you will have a more pleasant visit in terms of weather, but you will also have to share your experience with many other people and you will find everything to be more expensive (accommodation, guides, trekking, etc.)
From November to April (the rainy season), the prices are lower and there are fewer people, but sometimes there are landslides caused by the rains that hinder the visit. In February, in addition, the Inca Trail is closed for some maintenance.
Machu Picchu is the Inca’s sanctuary, one of the seven modern wonders of the world and the most visited destination in Peru. The place surprises with its impressive and well-preserved architecture, and with an energy that it transmits to the visitors.