Santuario Historico de Machu Picchu

Santuario Historico de Machu Picchu

Santuario Historico de Machu Picchu
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pjj89511
Reno, NV199 contributions
May 2022
We did this as part of a day trip out of Cusco on the train. It makes for a long day, but so worth it for the views and the history. We'd booked our entrance ticket and train in advance. Once we got off the train, we bought our tickets for the bus and got in line the bus line (it takes you up a series of switchbacks to the ruins and much better than walking). While in line, we found and booked an English speaking guide to go with us on the bus and take us through the ruins. Having that guide made all the difference. I can see that it would be quite confusing on your own so highly recommend finding a guide. She charged $60 (USD) for 4 of us and was extremely knowledgeable.
Written May 20, 2022
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Lena F
Lagos, Portugal27 contributions
Nov 2021
We went to Machu Picchu in November 2021 at 6:00 in the morning. We can confirm that a guide is not required to enter Machu Picchu. So, if you want to see the site in your own tempo - you can visit Machu Picchu without a tour. We bought entrance tickets on the official site of Machu Picchu, and train tickets on the site of PeruRail. There were discounts for less popular departure times.

We wanted to see Machu Picchu emerging from the mist, so we booked the first time slot in the morning - at 6:00. We bought bus tickets a day before in Machu Picchu Pueblo (there are large signs Bus Tickets near the bus stop), came to the stop at 5:25 and took one of the first buses around 5:35. When we climbed to the lower terrace, there were 7 people including us, and nobody in the ruins. When we left the ruins around 9:45, there were hundreds of tourists everywhere.

We didn't take a bus down, instead we hiked about 1,5 hour in the fantastic cloud forest. The trail is clearly marked, the hike down is easy even in wet weather.
Written December 6, 2021
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Jenny G
9 contributions
May 2023 • Couples
Just finished our visit to World Wonder, Machu Picchu and it was epic! We had a wonderful 10 day trip with Uncover Latin America who are a Travel Agency who came highly recommended to me by my cousin. Every detail of our trip was taken care of we just had to rock up and enjoy. Loved the hotels picked for us, the guides were really on their game, our guide Pedro at Machu Picchu was especially good. We had perfect weather traveling in May and enjoyed our Buffet Lunch at the Sanctuary Lodge and scenic train ride aboard the Vistadome. We did the hike up to Machu Picchu mountain which is a complimentary hike you can do at Machu Picchu but need to book in advance. We visited the Sacred Valley before Machu Picchu and stayed at the Sol y Luna which was a divine experience. We are going to miss Peru it was on our bucket list for such a long time and glad we finally got here post covid.
Written May 21, 2023
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Erika
Caracas, Venezuela9,822 contributions
Mar 2022
The worst management of a touristic place
First of all, to get to Machupicchu is a nightmare and really expensive.
NOW, Machupicchu is divided in 4 circuits and each circuit costs around $50. And the entrance to the bathroom is 2 soles.
It is a disaster to take the bus in Aguas Calientes: disorganization and infinite line.
At the entrance of Machupicchu: queue to enter the complex, queue to the bathroom, queue to take the bus to go back to Aguas Calientes.
INSIDE MACHUPICCHU: almost impossible to take a decent picture or just to take a moment to admire the place because all is extremely crowded, guides and guards are yelling at people to keep walking, everything is closed and you can just follow the line.
The most absurd rule: you can't use an umbrella
Round trip to get to Machupicchu is about 10h30 and you can only stay up to 4h inside (per circuit). I only stayed 2h45 in circuit 1.
Machupicchu is an amazing place but not worth it because of the poor management.
Written April 14, 2022
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unpunctual
Chicago, IL62 contributions
Oct 2020
The views are breathtaking. Seeing the pictures online represent Machu Picchu as a spectacular place; actually being there puts you in a state of awe on so many levels. The architecture, the scenery, the history, everything you learn about the Incas and the massive Andes surrounding you make this sightseeing excursion one of the most impressive. Truly a wonder of the world.

Some things we learned during our trip:

We were told that entrance tickets to Machu Picchu and the train to get to Aguas Calientes can sell out, so make sure to purchase your tickets ahead of time.

We purchased our bus tickets to Machu Picchu in Aguas Caliente the day before doing the tour. The buses get extremely busy, so we went earlier in the morning and took one of the earlier rides back to help avoid some of the crowds.

Much of the info online says you are required to have a guide to tour the grounds, however, we found that this was not a requirement at the time that we visited. This is a topic that seems to have the possibility of changing in the future though so doing your research before you head to Peru is a good idea. Our group split up throughout the day, so we ended up hiring two different private guides upon arrival at Machu Pichu. Each guide cost about $100 including tip for a tour that was 2 hours in length. It was a pleasant and informative experience, although while reminiscing about each of our tour experiences later that night, we realized that there were some inconsistencies in the information provided. This is another reason why doing your research on the various tour offerings ahead of time is a good idea.

We visited in October and the weather was perfect for us, it was warm but not too hot. We had heard that the sand flies can be annoying, so we wore long pants as well as brought bug spray and essential oils to help keep them at bay and did not have any issue.

In one area of Machu Picchu, we came across llamas and alpacas – they were wildly entertaining for our group and a fun surprise for everyone.

This experience was well worth the travel it took to get there and is definitely one to have on the bucket list!
Written June 5, 2021
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ldgp14
Walsall, UK2,730 contributions
Aug 2022 • Couples
Machu Picchu deserves an unlimited amount of stars, it is without doubt the most incredible place I have ever seen. The first time you see it from the iconic viewpoint it is the most phenomenal sight you will see. We were lucky to see it on a clear day when we could really take in its beauty. Walking through the city is a magical experience taking in the incredible temple of the sun and temple of the condor are highlights. The water canals still work and we were allowed to bless ourselves with the water running through them. Our brilliant guide Elias told us how he feels energised on every visit and you could really feel this is a truly special place. 100% worth its place as a wonder of the world.
Written August 21, 2022
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tooto
New York City, NY55 contributions
Aug 2022
It could be a 5 star review, but the rigid rules and circuits they impose and their closing areas at certain times without telling customers when they buy tickets that those areas are going to be closed is a rip-off. Not what it once was, not because of the crowds but because of the poor administration. There were crowds on my first visit there 25 years ago, but at least you could see the whole complex and find some isolated spot for solitude and meditation. Now it is like standing in line at a Disney park. Very sad.
Written August 30, 2022
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Florian N
Offenbach, Germany3 contributions
Jun 2021
Machu Picchu is without a doubt one of most beautiful sites I have seen in my entire life. Visiting it during covid times was incredible because there were hardly any people and I felt safe because the guards were strict regarding social distancing and wearing of face masks. I booked the tour with the operator Exploor and would recommend them 100%, very good price/quality ratio. Machu Picchu bucket list: check!
Written July 2, 2021
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Scott G
Los Angeles, CA466 contributions
Sep 2022
Machu Picchu has been at the top of my bucket list for years, and it did not disappoint! Truly stunning! I stayed in the Sacred Valley and it was quite the trek to get there, 45 minutes in a van, an hour and a half in a train (you don't travel far in the train but it goes slowly, through beautiful scenery), then another 20 minutes in a bus ride up the side of a mountain along a cliff edge to the actual site.

You get the iconic view by doing a hike along an all uphill path right near the entrance. Then you can follow the path down into the actual ruins. However, there is only one main path and you can't go back. It's one way only, and guides will stop you if you start going backwards. The path makes a circle around the site, so you never visit the same area twice. Which means if you're with a tour group you only get one chance at getting a great photo at the iconic overlook before the tour moves on and doesn't come back. The tour lingers about 10 minutes, but I wish I'd been on my own so I could linger as much as I wanted, and wait for the intermittent clouds to pass.

The entire site is beautiful and well taken care of and protected. Unlike Chichen Itza, there are no souvenir vendors or other vendors hawking their wares at the site, it's very peaceful. There's a nice restaurant and shops at the entrance, but not in the actual site. Rain was forecast all day for the day I was there but it never happened, in fact it was quite sunny at times, so take the weather forecast for this area with a grain of salt, it can change rapidly. Also, the site is actually at a lower elevation than Cusco. Machu Picchu is 8000 feet, Cusco is 11,000. So if you're handling the elevation fine in Cusco you should be good in Machu Picchu.

Definitely an amazing place and totally worth the effort to get there!
Written October 18, 2022
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Clara A
City Island, NY6 contributions
Jan 2023 • Friends
Utterly breathtaking. I have no words. Absolutely magnificent. Amazing architecture which is alive even till date and remains untouched.
Must go to see if you are interested in old architecture and Strongly recommend getting a tour guide who can explain in detail about the uniqueness of the Inca architecture at 8000 ft height.

Written April 7, 2023
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