Machu Picchu Travel Tips

Basically there are two types of hikes that take you to Machu Picchu; the Inca Trails or the Alternative hikes. Following you can information about both;

 

Inca Trails to Machu Picchu;

Getting to Machu Picchu by road was for years a true nightmares during the rainy season (November through March) as the roads would be almost inaccessible. Nowadays the situation has improved quite a bit but this is still a bit the “off the beaten track” road to Machu Picchu. Some tour companies organize this trip, often in combination with other activities such as biking and rafting but this is a route that can be done by public transport as well.

Most people visiting Machu Picchu tend to go by train. As the train is the only “public” transport that actually reaches Aguas Calientes, it is obviously the most popular as well. Since 2009 there are two companies doing the route as the state imposed monopoly for PeruRail ended. So besides the first company PeruRail, there is now also a second company called Inca Rail (what’s in a name) running trains to Aguas Calientes. The main difference between the two companies is the fact that PeruRail has trains leaving from both Poroy as Ollantaytambo Station meanwhile IncaRail only has departures from Ollantaytambo Station.

Machu Picchu is without doubt the biggest tourist attraction to be found in Peru and one of the bigger ones in South America. Due to this popularity one would thing that buying entrance fees to see this New Wonder of the World would be straightforward but unfortunately as with many things in Peru it is not. Therefore following we will try to give you an overview of the options one has to obtain one of the daily 2500 tickets for Machu Picchu available.

Being such an elaborated and outstretched site, obviously many people would like to get a Birdseye view of the site. The most famous and known way to see the site of Machu Picchu from above is from the towering mountain behind Machu Picchu, namely Huayna Picchu. Nevertheless as the entrance rules and fees for Machu Picchu & Huayna Picchu have changed recently for many people this is no longer an option. For more information about Huayna Picchu, please click here.

  • Machu Picchu is on lower altitude than Cusco
  • Machu Picchu has a warmer and more humid climate
  • The can be clouding all year round – especially in the morning
  • As Machu Picchu is closer located to the jungle, rain can fall all year round
  • Machu Picchu is located in the Vilcanote Mountain Range
  • The altitude is about 2,430 meters above sea level (7,900Ft.)
  • The Machu Picchu National Park is known for its hummingbirds and orchids. 
  • The Inca Trail only allows 500 people daily (including guides and porters)
  • The Inca Trail sells out for most days of the year
  • The Inca Trail is closed every year during February for maintenance
  • Walking sticks with iron tip are not allowed (use wooden ones or a rubber protector)

The official Machu Picchu Museum is the Museo de Sitio Manuel Chávez Ballón, this Machu Picchu museum tries to achieve the preservation and dissemination of cultural and archaeological research.

  • Perurail implemented weight limits of 6Kg. per person
  • IncaRail implemented weight limits of 8Kg. per person
  • Limits are not thoroughly checked but best to keep in mind
  • Machu Picchu is on lower altitude than Cusco
  • Machu Picchu has a warmer and more humid climate