Machu Picchu

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Muro de la Ciudad, Machu Picchu, Peru
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Machu Picchu Reviews

ronindiana ronindia…
3 reviews
Visit to Machu Picchu Mar 17, 2015
I have been there twice. The first time i rode a motorcycle off road over 60 miles from Cusco Peru (used to the the capital before Peru was conquered by the Spaniards.) The off road trail went through the deepest valley in the world called the "Sacred Valley". We actually was in extreme temperature variations on the motorcycle ride that included snow and warm like 80 degrees fahrenheit type weather. The ride was epic and the views were the most uplifting insane views in ever encountered(ive been to the Grand Canyon, Moab,Utah and Yosemite.) Peru in general is so amazing in a multitude of ways. We rode to what was called the "Hydroelectric Station" and got on a short train ride because you can not ride all the way to Machu Picchu. There are no roads all the way there from Cusco. You have to either hike the 70 mile Inca Trail or take the train (there are many stops so you can get on many places starting in Ollantaytambo. We arrived at Aguas Caliente. This is where we stayed in a hotel and is two miles from the entrance of the park that is Machu Picchu. There is a short two mile bus ride you can take or just hike the two miles up to the entrance. The bus ride is hairy in itself being there is no rails and a narrow road to the entrance. It is kinda crowded no matter when you go to Machu Picchu. If you want to hike to the top of Huayna Picchu then you should get this ticket way in advance cause it sells out quick. They only let two hundred a day do this hike from inside the park of Machu Picchu. The views here make you feel like your not in this world. It is very euphoric and the natural energy is very high just like most places in between Cusco and Machu Picchu. Seeing the size of the stones they used to build this makes you really wonder how they got them in place. Many speculations on how it was built but not even most peruvians agree on one method. There are many speculations from that aliens built them to the ancients had magical powers to they just carried the rocks up there. I dont know what i believe for sure except for it really makes your wheels turn once your up there. There are wild alpacas running around. There are guides in the park but you dont really need one. There are so many guides you can stand around hearing them talk about the specifics if you like and make your own trek around the Inca complex. It is a must see for any traveler!
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jay11235 says:
Thanks, I'm heading there in two weeks , good review.
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bashmentbabe says:
Congrats on the feature! thanks for sharing... it looks amazing :)
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ronindiana says:
Thanks!!!
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tlenot tlenot
43 reviews
Early Access to Machu Picchu Tour Feb 14, 2015
I booked this tour on viator.com for $306 and the tour company is Amigo Tours South America. They picked you up at your hotel/hostel pretty early in Cusco. From 3:50 to 4am. They actually send you an envelope with your tickets to the train, bus, and Machu Picchu a day ahead. Our hostel was nice enough to wake up this early to pack us a snack pack which I thought was nice of them. Consisted of those small bananas, crackers, and a juice box. The hostel is Hostal El Grial if you are interested and which I recommend. Check out my review of them. The van ride to the train is about an 1hr, train ride is about an hr, and bus ride to Machu Picchu is about 20 mins. Our tour guide met us at the train station at Aguas Calientes and rode the bus with us to Machu Picchu. Overall I thought he did a good job. He took us to the Sun Gate in Machu Picchu which is about an 1hr hike. Along the entire tour he explained things and was informative. Tour is about 4 hours and you have the rest to check out Machu Picchu on your own or go back to Aguas Calientes. In my opinion, Machu Picchu is way too pack with tourists. This kind of made it less spectacular. I'm glad I checked out Machu Picchu but not worth checking out more than once in my opinion. The tour company picks you up and drops you off near the Cusco plaza at night, so it helps if you have already explore Cusco and the plaza to make it easier for you to know how to get back to you hostel/hotel at night.
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View from the Sun Gate.
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HilaryTravels HilaryTr…
6 reviews
Machu Picchu Dec 10, 2013
I listed the price as average because while Peru is a developing country and restaurants, hotels, etc. are cheap as can be, entrance to Machu Picchu, coupled with the train ride into Aguas Calientes and a hostel for your stay, things can add up quickly because it's such a touristy spot... Generally I recommend to stay away from tourist destinations and find something similar but less traveled like one of the other numerous Inca ruins in Peru, but quite frankly, nothing compares to the experience of seeing the ruins of the lost city of the Incas unveiled as they clouds part at six in the morning.
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andresnp andresnp
1 reviews
One of the best places in the world! Apr 23, 2012
I've been 3 times to Machu Picchu and each time has been a new experience. I believe this is a place everyone has to be at least once.

There are many ways to go and for all budgets. If you want to avoid the cost of the train for tourists you should try one of the alternative inca trails: Salkantay, Choquequirao (8 days to Machu Picchu), Santa Maria (cheapest), Inca classic (starting buy public bus).

I dont recommend climbing to the ruins by foot, its not worth it, you will get very dusty and its only following the bus road and climbing some stairs.

There were 8 ways into the ruins (in Inca times) 3 of them are actually open:

- Sun Gate

- Common Stairs

- Urubamba River, bottom of Huayna Picchu. This one is extremely rarely to do. You will get first to Huayna Picchu (moon temple).

More info just send me a PM.

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Machu Picchu from Lucmabamba hill
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UCDLindsey UCDLinds…
3 reviews
Breathtaking Mar 13, 2011
The long train ride to and from Aguas Calientes (the town at the base of the mountain) and the expensive hotel rates are frustrating, but I felt like this was a once-in-a-lifetime experience. I visited in Sep 2008 and had great weather. I highly recommend coming in to town the day before and taking the first buses up the mountain at 5 or 5:30 AM. Although they send 30 or so buses up at that time and it seems like a ton of people, when you enter the site and spread out you are almost alone. It really did take my breath away when I first saw it; the combination of the beautiful location and amazing ruins are something I think everyone should see, and worth the price and effort. I didn't hike the Inca trail so I can't speak to that, but Machu Picchu itself is not to be missed. I also recommend leaving it until the end of your trip; I saw many other ruins and sights in Peru before heading to Machu Picchu, and everything else just pales in comparison. This will be the highlight of your trip so make it count.
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joyeiz joyeiz
2 reviews
Machu Picchu Apr 02, 2011
Absolutely love it!!!!

This is one of the eight wonders in the world. You can't miss it, when you visit Peru!

Muchu Picchu is a pre-Columbian 15th-century Inca site located 2,430 metres (7,970 ft) above sea level. Often referred to as "The Lost City of the Incas", it is perhaps the most familiar icon of the Inca World...

I personally recommend you to visit Muchu Piichu in dry season! There were flooding and landsliding, when I visited it last year, rainning season. It wasn't fun when you stucked in the mountain without food and water for a week. Even the ATM machine was empty! Eventually, helicopters rescued us! Bottom line, visit it in a dry season! You will love it! ;)

Have fun!
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LeighXy LeighXy
7 reviews
best trek I've ever done!!! Sep 16, 2011
I booked the Inka Jungle Trail with www.lorenzoexpeditions.com, and it was very cheap for the services we got. It was a four-day trek through the valley. 70-mile downhill biking on the first day, 20-mile hikes on the second and third days (very easy walk, all flat except for a one and a half hour climb on the second day). The scenery was beautiful (jungle, villages, inca ruins, river, coffe, cocoa, banana, coca plantations, etc). We stayed in two hostels (one with cold showers, one with hot showers) and one hotel for the last night. The food was simply incredible and plentiful - the best food I've had in all of Peru (the guide actually stays in the kitchen to supervise the cooks cook to make sure that they're doing it right so that we don't get sick). There's a possibility to also do some rafting and swimming in hot springs. lorenzoexpeditions is legit !!!! I loved every minute of the trek!
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CO-Aron CO-Aron
3 reviews
Inca Trail - Okay, but a Trafficked rut of a Trail Jul 16, 2011
I climbed the Inca trail a few years back, and it was already getting expensive, and permits were selling out for the daily departures. It's a cash cow for Peru, so I don't expect the problem ever to be taken care of properly. Nonetheless, it is an incredible journey, and one worth taking as many people have it on the "must-do" list. There are many great ruins, and incredible scenic mountain backdrops all the way through. THe last day, from the forbidden city, to the Sun Gate, might be the most frustrating. It another great hike, from one amazing historic site to another, but it's a 2 mile long parade to Macchu Picchu. On the flip side, it is a great way to get to know other travellers, and interact closely with a guide/porter team.
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filmless filmless
3 reviews
Gap Adventure to Machu Picchu Mar 24, 2011
I traveled around Colombia, Ecuador, and Peru in May 2010 and trekking to Machu Picchu was the only time i used a tour group. It was a really great decision. Gap was awesome and it was fun to meet new people. The food was great the whole time and they provided plenty of water. The hike itself was chilly, but fine so long as your bundled up. The actual hiking was relatively moderate, some really steep areas, but you can always slow down and go at your own pace. Actually getting to Machu Picchu was amazing and beautiful and it was awesome knowing that you had hiked there!
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oliveev oliveev
3 reviews
Typically touristy but a REAL MUST SEE! Apr 20, 2011
Try and get there really really early, basically when the buses start running up to the site, its worth seeing the sunrise and the mist surrounding the site. Sounds cliche but its really magical, then you can spend the day walking about and even have a go at climbing Wayna Picchu!
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chasingsunlight chasings…
3 reviews
Explore at your own pace Jul 08, 2011
I visited Machu Picchu at the end of the Lares Trek (an alternative Andes hike if you don't get a pass to the Inca Trail). The sites were amazing and the weather was great. Llamas and alpaca roam free, but you should give them their space to avoid being spit at. Other than that, though, there are few (if any) security guards and you are free to roam the entire stone city. You can climb, touch, etc., which is pretty much forbidden in every other historical site I've visited.
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pennybelle pennybel…
1 reviews
Machu Picchu May 08, 2011
Magical experience, lives up to its reputation.

Visit early in the morning as is cooler and less tourists about.

Take water with you.

Allow 2/3 hours for visit. Use guide to explain site then revisit on your own.

Use local buses as they are cheap and frequent.

Good restaurants in town plus local market which is safe to walk around.

Go soon as there is talk of closing the site to visitors and you will have missed one of the wonders of the world.
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StuW41 StuW41
2 reviews
Breathtaking Jul 21, 2011
If you stay at the ruins long enough you'll see clouds rise, fall, move, and cover you. This ancient city is worth the extra effort (and cost) getting to. The most rewarding way to get there is via the Inca trail. The train is the easiest option.
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atrax atrax
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One of the great wonders of the world Apr 24, 2011
definite must see if you are staying in Peru. It will take a day or two to get used to the high altitude. If you have time take the 4-day hiking tour. Our guides were great and the food they cooked was delicious!
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fiva fiva
3 reviews
A cheap and exciting route! Jun 29, 2011
Forget the overly popular Inca Trek and make your way to Machu Picchu via the back roads. I was planning to take many buses and make many changes but when we were on our way to the Cusco bus station, a man stuck his head inside of our taxi driver's window. At first this behaviour was shocking and disturbing but upon discussing the options with Carlos, we realised he had a pretty good offer. We went with him all the way to the Santa Teresa Power station for 35 soles. Instead of having to take taxis and make 3 changes. From the power station, it is then a 2hr walk. It took us more like 3hrs on the way to Aguas Calientes and 1.5hrs back! We stayed in a random hostel for the night and then went to Machu Picchu the next morning. We chose the bus option up to the entrance. If you want to make the way back to Santa Teresa to meet with Carlos the next day. He will take you back to Cusco Plaza Mayor for the same price from 2pm.
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jendara jendara
97 reviews
Un lugar muy especial Dec 01, 2010
Today the featured destination is Macchu Picchu and I want repeat my comment about this special place, is in Macchu Picchu missing senses to understand everything that one sees and feels, is difficult in a few lines to explain the meaning of all components of Macchu Picchu, where we find sites like “Area of the Lizard" or the "Area of the Puma" which is the point where we find the “Observatory Astronomical Intihuatana”, “the Main Temple” and “the Temple of the three windows” and many other places whose names are already forgotten.

In Spanish:

Hoy que el destino destacado es Macchu Picchu, debo repetir lo que comente de este lugar, en Macchu Picchu faltan sentidos para entender todo lo que uno ve y siente, es difícil en pocas líneas explicar el significado de todos los componentes de Macchu Picchu, donde encontramos sitios como el “Espacio del Lagarto” o el “Espacio del Puma” que es el punto donde encontramos el “Observatorio astronómico de Intihuatana”, “el Templo principal”, “el Templo de las tres ventanas” y muchos otros sitios cuyos nombres uno ya olvida y que son lo que queda de este especial lugar y legado de los Incas.
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jendara says:
Thanks to all my friends for the congratulations, I will respond one by one, with a little of time:)

Posted on: Dec 04, 2010
el_wray says:
One of my dream destinations! Congrats and thanks for the review! =)
Posted on: Dec 04, 2010
Koralifix says:
Congrats on today's featured review, Jose! Well done!
Posted on: Dec 04, 2010
homeres homeres
63 reviews
One of the Great Wonders of the world: Machu Picchu Nov 17, 2010
There is great reason to come here, it is surreal, a wonder, one of the modern wonders of the world. Of all places to spend my birthday in the World I picked this place for 2010. There are not enough words to describe going there,you just have to make the decision to venture there yourself, do the research ...all I can say is that it'll be worthwhile
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Evelynaes Evelynaes
1 reviews
Maravilloso lugar!!! Aug 30, 2009
Una aventura excitante. El viaje en tren (tres horas) te recrea toda la hermosura del paisaje. Maravilloso lugar, hay que caminar mucho pero al final... te transportas a otro mundo. Los inkas merecen nuestro respeto!!!
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yadilitta yadilitta
723 reviews
Wonderful Machu Picchu! Dec 13, 2008
Visiting Machu Picchu isn't cheap, but it’s worth. As of April 2008, the entrance fee for foreigners is S/. 122 (US$ 41); students with an ISIC pay S/. 61 (US$20) and Peruvians with ID pay S/.62 (US$20).

In order to visit Machu Picchu you have to go to Cusco first and from there you could reach Machu Picchu:

•Train: The most common way. The train terminates at Puente Ruinas station, where buses take tourists up the mountain.

•On foot: Hiking the Inca Trail. It takes about four days, and you only have to pay the entrance fee.

•Bus: From Machu Picchu pueblo Aguas Calientes a traveler can take one of the frequent buses to the ruins (US$7 each way). It is also possible to walk the distance, about 2 hours (8 km).

Rather than returning from the ruins the same day, you can stay overnight near the ruins. There are many hotels at Aguas Calientes, but only one hotel at Machu Picchu itself (Sanctuary Lodge). Buses run from Aguas Calientes to the ruins throughout the day, an 8 km ride up the mountain (approximately one and a half hours by walking).

The entrance ticket to Machu Picchu is valid for 3 days, but only allows you 1 visit to the park. You could get it at the entrance of the park or in Cusco City, which I recommend if you are visiting the park during the high season. The low season is the rainy one which starts in Dec and ends in March. Nevertheless, there are always people visiting Machu Picchu.

Big backpacks are not allowed, but there is luggage storage at the entrance. Your ticket will tell you that you cannot bring food or water bottles into the site. Buying them at the site is expensive, and plastic bottles are not offered (glass only). Purchase food and plenty of water and bring it with you. Just don’t throw garbage and everything will be ok.
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alyssa_ob alyssa_ob
244 reviews
the famous Inca ruins Nov 23, 2008
Machu Picchu is amazing. These Incan ruins were “discovered” by Hiram Bingham in 1911. The true purpose of Machu Picchu is unknown, but the most widely accepted theory is that it was a winter retreat for Inca Pachacutec. The stone buildings and terraces are nestled on a mountain top high above the Rio Urubamba. Many people come to Peru with Machu Picchu as their main destination. It became a UNESCO world heritage site in 1983 and was recently named one of the 7 new wonders of the world.

From the main entrance, hike up the steps and switchbacks to see the main postcard view of the entire complex. Arrows guide you as you wander the ruins but guides are also available to give you more information. Its best to get there early in the morning before the Cusco crowd arrives. You can see agricultural terraces, the Temple of the Sun, Temple of the Three Windows, fountains, sacred stones, and residences. If you have the time and money, a guide is recommended. If you prefer to spend more time hiking Huayna Picchu, the mountain behind Machu Picchu, you might not have enough time to do both.

The ruins are well preserved and the building stones fit together extremely well. The terraces have drainage built in so when they were discovered they were in remarkably good shape. Some of the ruins are undergoing reconstruction but you are free to wander around most of the complex – just don’t cross the roped off areas. Make sure to bring plenty of water because it is expensive to buy water on site.

You must buy your ticket to Machu Picchu in Cusco or Aguas Calientes before you go to Machu Picchu. The ticket is S/138 for adults, cheaper for students with ID, and they only accept cash in Soles.
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Macchu Picchu near sunrise
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drmorrisj says:
Your tips are very helpful. I am going in May!
Posted on: Jan 16, 2013
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