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Santuario Historico de Machu Picchu
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Recommended length of visit: More than 3 hours
Reviewed October 30, 2015

I travelled to Peru with four other friends. Our trip was arranged by Diane Valenti of Llama Expeditions. They did an amazing job of combining the highlights of the area (Machu Picchu, cathedrals in Cusco, plenty of time for shopping(!)), but also took us off the beaten path. We visited a school for underserved indigenous girls, we had lunch with a collective that was working to preserve cultural products (food, weaving) and native customs through tourism, we hiked up a hill to an ancient ruins called Pumamarka, followed by lunch prepared for us by local farmers, we had dinner with a woman who owns a hostel in Cusco, along with several of her German and local house guests. All of this was made even more special because of our guide, German Cruz Aguilar. This amazing man was so passionate about his country, the people, the ruins, the culture, everything, that we couldn't help but be enthralled by him and by what we were seeing. Truthfully, Machu Picchu itself was almost anti-climactic. In the morning there were so many people there, I felt like I was at Disneyland. But our guide knew to take it slow, have lunch, and by 1:30 or so, the madding crowd was gone and we had the place, if not to ourselves, at least to a much more reasonable and enjoyable level. Still, I wouldn't have missed it. Overall, I fell in love with Peru and the people there.

Date of experience: October 2015
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Reviewed October 29, 2015

This is a bucket list place to visit, however its not until you get there that you realise just how magnificent the place is and what an amazing people the inkas were. Point of note: once you enter the site there are no toilets, so go before you go in also take some water with you, you'll need it.
You need to get there early in order to have a good look around, there are a lot of people in the same boat, which can slow things down. If you have a chance to get a hiking stick, do so, it can assist with the high steps.
The bus trip from the township of machu picchu is a hair raising trip as the road is not too wide and the busses get a move on.

A mustsee and do.

Date of experience: October 2015
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Reviewed October 29, 2015

We had a glorious trip to Lima, Cusco & the Sacred Valley as well as Machu Picchu for our anniversary in March this year. The sights were amazing & truly memorable. But I particularly want to acknowledge the excellent service provided by Lady Sanchez of "Trip Peru". Her valuable advice and tireless efforts in helping us bring about this trip--in combination with a few days on Easter Island in Chile--were simply exemplary. I am sorry I couldn't find any opening in tripadvisors' site before to leave her & her company--Trip Peru--a few words, to show our appreciation. Bravo, Trip Peru!!

Date of experience: March 2015
Thank Vienna T
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Reviewed October 29, 2015 via mobile

It's a 2 hour hike, allowing for much needed breaks. There are lots of view points to check out, plus it's much higher and more spectacular than the more famous and popular Hiwaynu Picchu at the other end of the site. You can't help but feel a little smug as you look down from 3,000m on the citadel whilst dwarfing Hiwaynu Picchu.

Do take walking shoes or sturdy trainers as the terrain is tough, I made the error of assuming my cheap trainers would suffice. Bring water and food, there's none available. Also bring sun lotion as by the time you come down the sun is really warm. Beware the chipper people that you meet coming down, when they say "just 10 more minutes" it's a motivational lie, its more like half an hour. Enjoy!

Date of experience: October 2015
Thank Kevin W
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Reviewed October 29, 2015 via mobile

First thing: it's amazing and a must-do for any Peru trip.

Top Tip - book train tickets in advance!! Can't stress that enough.

However, MP's status as a new world wonder means it's an expensive expedition. You can swallow the ticket price because it must cost a fortune to keep the place, but the train is around $120 USD return from Ollyantaytambo, more from Cusco, it's another $24 to get the bus from Aguas Calientes/Machu Picchu Pueble (nearest town), so if you include either Hiywanu Picchu or Machu Picchu Montana (which you should if you're fit enough) you're around $250 per person plus potentially a tour guide and the insanely overpriced lunch ($40 for the buffet or $15-20 for a sandwich and soft drink at the 'budget' option). If you also elect to stay in the local town overnight either before, after, or both, beds are at a premium so you could be upwards of $350-400 per person for 36 hours.

These are just tips, not a moan. It's still spectacular and bucket list thing to do.

Date of experience: October 2015
2  Thank Kevin W
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