Machu Picchu Was an icon i will never forget. Getting there from Cuzco was easy and there are plenty of choices of day trips and longer stays at the foot hills in Aqua Caliantes. I opted to book my trip in months in advance and although my experience was a good one, there are others whom would not agree. Once on arrival in Cuzco there are many tour operators who will take you there. Machu Picchu is a seasonal attraction so i advise you do a little research and check wether it fits into your travels.
Getting to Aqua Caliantes which is the gateway at the foothills of Machu Picchu is a relaxing and amazing journey in it self. Buses take you half way, then you will take a connecting train through some amazing valleys that slowly weave left and right all the way there. The iconic train it self has special viewing glass roof and it makes it that much more special getting there. Aqua Caliantes is a quaint and delightful village with great places to eat with moderate to fabulous accommodation. However if you plan to stay there book in advance and check availability as this little place can get extremely busy with people who cant get enough of this dreamy parish.
Depending on your health and fitness you may want to undertake the killer climb to the top of Winhu Picchu, However i must advise this climb is reserved only for the young and super fit as it has a difficulty level of extreme.
If you do decide to tackle the two hour straight up climb you will need to get up very early and ask your hotel to reserve a placing for you included in your entry ticket. It takes about two hours to climb and you have to be on a first mini bus as early as five am to get one of the only two hundred placings that are available on a particular day.
General entry is also limited and you will be in a group with a group guide that will tour you through the mystical ruins. There are about ten groups of about ten to fifteen people that are allowed at any given day.If you miss out on one day book for another day. It is best to do all this from Cuzco at your hotel or hostel.
My over all experience was amazing and i have no negative points that i could hinder on. I booked my accommodation and trip in advance, payed with western union over the net and had absolutely no nasty surprises at the other end. I may be one of the lucky ones and you will not, but the landmark it self i think will take your breath away making the trip well worth the effort.
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