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“Boy oh boy”
Review of Machu Picchu

Machu Picchu
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Machu Picchu Private Guided Tour from Aguas Calientes
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Machu Picchu Day Trip from Cusco
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Recommended length of visit: More than 3 hours
Melbourne, Australia
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“Boy oh boy”
Reviewed November 9, 2012

We spent three days here, make sure you are there for sun set and sun rise. it is out of this world. We watched lots of people arriving by train in he morning, getting to the site by 930 to 10 and leaving by 3 to catch the train home. They did all the photo spots but missed he way this site can move you. If you can, spend the time and the money to stay, soak up the vibe and chill. You may only do this once so do not short change yourself. It may change your life forever!!!!

Visited April 2012
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Western Springs, Illinois
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“A must-see, breathtaking experience”
Reviewed November 9, 2012

We visited Machu Picchu as part of our trip through Peru (Latin America) for Less (highly recommend this to plan your trip!). This is one of the places where pictures really don't do it justice. It truly is awe-inspiring in the pure sense of the word.

Most people find their way to Aguas Caliente, the town with plenty of hotels, restaurants and a fairly big craft market, by train from Ollantaytambo (90 minutes) or Cusco (3 hrs). From there everyone must have a ticket for the Machu Picchu site before boarding the 25-minute bus up the mountain to the visitor center.

We visited with a guide who was extremely helpful in pointing out the historical facts of its discovery and theories of its purpose, the amazing engineering ingenuity evident in the several methods of construction (taking the frequent seismic tremors into account), the terracing for different uses, irrigation, and even septic systems. We were prepared for any weather - rationalizing that if it was rainy or misty (it was) that it would look more mysterious (it did), but then the sun came out and it was beautiful.

Be advised: between the elevation (around 8000 ft) and many steps (often of different heights and often steep), this is not a place for folks with difficulty walking or climbing, but one could stay near the beginning and see more of the flat areas and still enjoy the incredible view of the Andes and Huayna Picchu (the peak seen in all the photos - one is standing on Machu Picchu). Be prepared for rain and sun and bring water.

Plan at least 2 hours there, which was the length of our guided tour, but we stayed an extra two hours and it was perfect for us, especially since we had a chance to revisit (and re-photograph) the areas that were then in the sunshine.

An unexpected treat was there is excellent cellular phone reception at the top, and we called our daughter in New York City without difficulty.

We did not eat at the site, but had an excellent meal at El Indio Feliz ("The Happy Indian") in Aguas Calientes. There is a buffet lunch ($34 pp) and snack bar (with pricey snacks) on-site.

Visited October 2012
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Denver, Colorado
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“Incredible journey to Machu Picchu”
Reviewed November 8, 2012

My wife and I traveled to Peru for an anniversary trip and it was mind blowing. We booked our trip through Sun Gate Tours and were able to experience Lima, Cusco, Aguas Caliente and Puno over 7 days. Machu Picchu was obviously the pinnacle of the trip and it could not have been more breathtaking. Out travel company had secured the 2 passes in advance to hike Wayna Picchu (only 400 per day total and always sells out in advance), and it was epic. The views combined with the personal tour made this a trip of a life time. As great as the pictures are, they simply do not do it justice. A trip of a lifetime and a big thanks to Juan Franco and Richard at Sun Gate (www.sungatetours.com) -A+++++++++++++++++++

Visited September 2012
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Fife, United Kingdom
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“Definitely one of the 7 modern wonders of the world”
Reviewed November 8, 2012

Took the shuttle bus so there for 07.00 before the crowds. After the entrance gates, there is a small hike up to the ruins but it is worth it! Spent all morning going round with a guide for 3 hours and some free time later. UNESCO are suggesting that the site is closed to visitors so go while you can. I hope they won't close it.

You can't take food in and there is nothing for sale inside. Outside the gates there is a posh (mega expensive) hotel and a take away. It is also quite dear but you can get snacks and drinks after your visit. Toilet facilites only available outside the gates (cost 1 soles)

Visited October 2012
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Seattle, Washington
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“Escorted Vacation with Gate 1 Travel throughout Peru and Machu Picchu”
Reviewed November 7, 2012

My travel partner and I used Gate 1 Travel to travel to Greece in 2011 and we decided to use them again to take a trip through Peru in October of 2012. It was amazing, for a very reasonable price, they set you up in hotels, with transportation and take care of your itinerary down to the smallest detail. We didn't have to lift a finger once we arrived in Lima. It was a 10 day trip, starting in Lima, then going to the Sacred Valley, Machu Picchu, Cuzco and Lake Titicaca/Puno. The tour guides were extremely knowledgeable and friendly. It was the best way to travel through Peru. Machu Picchu was breathtaking. I suggest using Gate 1 as a travel company, you will not have to do anything to plan, they take care of everything. It was an amazing trip.

Visited October 2012
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