Located at 75 km from Cusco, the Machu Picchu is one of the most well-known place in South America and also in the world. According to The daily Telegraph, this world famous site has welcomed almost 1,4 millions of tourist in 2017, 1,6 millions in 2018 and it will increase (see full article).
Various ways can bring you to the Machu Picchu, acording to your financial budget and also the time you have. You have differents options : Going directly, or going by a treck of few days.
Going directly at the bottom
Its not really complicated to go directly to the Machu Picchu. From the city you’re staying, you have to catch a bus or a van to join the city Aguas Calientes, the nearest town. Once you make it, you probably have to stay for a night. Aguas Calientes is quite cute and offers you differents activities among bars, restaurants hostel, etc… As the name suggests (Aguas Calientes means Hot Water in Spanish), you could enjoy a sweet moment at the hot springs to prepare you for the next day. Be careful, This place is very touristic and the locals won’t hesitate to ask you lot of money for every little things. However, as often in Peru, you can negociate and lower the price. Once you wake up, you still have 2 possibilities to join the site :
-By foot : After 20 minutes walking down to join the bottom site’s entrance, you have between 30 minutes and 75 minutes walking up according your pace. After showing your passeport and crossing the river by the bridge, this is simple: you have to go up not less than 1700 stairs to join the Machu Picchu’s entrance. Don’t forget bottles of water, because this is what I like to call “Incas Stairs”, sometime huge and irregular. Ready yourself, take your time and it will be a piece of cake !
-By bus : The terminal is located close to the center. One ticket will cost you approximately 50 soles per person (15 US $) for the round trip. For the way up, you can find a ticket from 5.00 AM who allows you to see the sky’s clearing up. If you need more information about the bus, feel free to go to the officile site : https://www.ticketmachupicchu.com
Going through trekking
It exists 2 differents famous ways to go to the Machu Picchu. The Salkantay Trek (4-5 days), and the Inca Trail (from 2 to 5 days). However, it exists a third one calls Choquequirao (4-5 days), which allows you to join the Salkantay treck in the middle. If you do this combo, you will enjoy a walk of 9 days ! Take care because this one is a bit more complicated and requires you to be more used to walk.
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