Known as the most top tourist destination in Peru, Machu Picchu is considered as the “Lost City of Incas”. If you are planning to pack your bag and book a flight to go to this bewildering place, here are some tips that you need to take note:
Machu Picchu – Travel into the lost civilization
Known as the most top tourist destination in Peru, Machu Picchu is considered as the “Lost City of
Incas”. If you are planning to pack your bag and book a flight to go to this bewildering place, here are
some tips that you need to take note:
Be careful with your pronunciation! If pronounced
correctly, Machu Picchu means ‘old mountain’; if not,
you might inadvertently provide the locals with much
entertainment... The correct pronunciation is ‘mah-
choo peeK-choo’. However, if you say ‘mah-choo pee-
choo’, you’re calling it ‘old genital of a man’!
Catch the best bus for the ﬁrst view. The easiest way
to get from Aguas Calientes (or Machu Picchu Pueblo)
to the site of Machu Picchu is by bus. Some people
get up at 3am to join the queue for the ﬁrst bus in the
morning. However, 99% of the time the site is covered
in cloud; it’s not until about 9am that the sun burns
through the mists. This changes throughout the year
but as a rule, a 7.30am bus will get you there in plenty
of time. The bus from Aguas Calientes costs US$10
each way; entrance to Machu Picchu costs US$45.
Find a good guide. Yes, you can visit Machu Picchu
independently. However, there are no information
boards to explain what you’re looking at so it’s worth
investing in a good guide. One disadvantage of a guided tour is that you’re required to follow the one-
way system through the site – enforced by polite and friendly yet ﬁrm guardians. However, you can go
round once with your guide and then return a second time on your own, to explore at your own pace.
New regulations being drafted will make a guide compulsory anyway.
Watch what you wear. Apparently, you are not allowed to visit Machu Picchu wearing the traditional
dress of another country, nor are you allowed to visit naked or to change your clothes within the site.
Walking poles are banned (unless you are disabled) so are large backpacks. New rules will crack down on
inappropriate footwear (to stop damage to the paths) and large umbrellas.
Stay longer in Aguas Calientes. Most visitors spend only one night at Aguas Calientes – but the town at
the foot of Machu Picchu has a few of its own attractions, including its titular hot springs and nearby
activities such as whitewater rafting and cloud forest hikes. However, the main advantage to staying
more than one night is that you can visit Machu Picchu at different times of the day. Some people prefer
to explore the site in the afternoon when the larger morning crowds have gone and you see the ruins
bathed in golden afternoon sunlight. Alternatively, on day one, visit the main site before climbing the
very steep steps up Wayna Picchu (additional ticket required); on day two, hike the longer but steadier
climb to Machu Picchu Mountain (additional ticket required) for views to Wayna Picchu.
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