Checkout Inexpensive Travel and Trekking in Peru
Machu Picchu is an icon of South America and also a must on any trip to Peru (and no exception!). I have dreamed of visiting the Inca city since the night I played the Civilization series, where these ruins were an extremely powerful wonder of the world and difficult to build. Well, it’s been years and I finally had the opportunity to visit the icon of Peru – and I don’t contrition it for a second!
AGUAS CALIENTES – A STARTING POINT FOR A VISIT TO MACHU PICCHU
In the valley under the mountains, near the top of Machu Picchu, is the town of Aguas Calientes, which serves as a tourist support for visitors to the ruins. As I wrote about Peru in the previous part of the cycle, there are many hotels and restaurants that cater to tourists. From Aguas Calientes, a trail leads directly to Machu Picchu – The climbing is quite intense, but an inexperienced person should climb to the top in less than two hours (the Peruvian tourist center says that one hour and forty-five minutes is the average time to walk the trail). It is worth noting that in the ruins of Machu Picchu itself there is a lot of hiking, so people in poor condition should use local bus services, which brings us directly to the ticket control for a dozen dollars.
Although Aguas Calientes is the most popular “way” to visit Machu Picchu, staying in the city is not only expensive, but not really interesting – with the exception of hotels and Restaurants, Aguas Calientes is empty. I will talk after about other much more interesting (and, incidentally, much affordable – or much more expensive) travel ideas, but first I would like to devote a Moment to the sensitive topic of tickets to Machu Picchu.
PLAN YOUR TRIP TO PERU IN ADVANCE. LIMITED TICKETS FOR MACHU PICCHU
There is still a lot of dummy news on the Internet, so it should be noted that in 99.9% of matters it is impossible to buy a ticket to Machu Picchu on the spot. Why? Since the 1980s, UNESCO has forced the Peruvian government to introduce tourist restrictions that set the maximum number of daily and annual tourists entering the ruins.
TREKKING IN THE PERUVIAN ANDES, – OTHER ROUTES
Other popular hiking routes in Peru include the Choquequirao Trek and the Vilcabamba Trail, considered the most difficult and challenging hiking trail in Peru. None of these routes go around Machu Picchu, but I think it’s worth mentioning. Both trails are rarely frequented by tourists and have several advantages: they are much affordable than the Inca Trail or the Salkantay Trek and offer very beautiful views, just like the more popular competition. Since I was not on any of these trekking routes, I find it difficult to give more precise information. For more details on alternative trekking routes, I advise you to consult the English Trekking portals in Peru.