Machu Picchu: The fortress near the sky

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FOR HIKING LOVERS

This magnificent wonder of the world deserves a special mention. Machu Picchu means “old mountains” in Quechua. It is one of the most famous tourist attractions of Peru and a must to visit.

Machu Picchu was built around 1459 and 1460, and was abandoned after the Spanish colonization. It was discovered scientifically in 1911 by the American Hiram Bingham. It was recognized as World Heritage in 1981 and 2 years later was included in the 7 Wonders of the World.

It is estimated that during its life in Inca period no more than 800 people lived there. It is located in Cuzco (in the town of Aguascalientes). It’s an example of Inca architecture. It has a set of palaces, military towers (suntur wasis) and viewpoints, which rise between the peaks of Machu Picchu (old summit) and Huayna Picchu (young summit). It’s a work set in an incomparable natural environment.

A real tourist attraction for nature and hiking lovers

WHEN IS THE BEST TIME TO VISIT MACHU PICCHU?

If you are thinking of visiting Machu Picchu, the best time of the year is from April to October, so one avoids the rainy season.

You can contemplate the Inca Trail in a comfortable way avoiding bad weather and above all be able to see the sunset from the top. It is recommended to buy tickets in advance. The purchase can be made online through the website of the complex.

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OPTIONS FOR MACHU PICCHU TICKETS

The tickets are quite affordable and there are several options to go and see Machu Picchu, these are:

  • Inca Trail: It’s an adventure that can last up to 4 days, but it’s worth it, as you can see the trails and paths that the Incans used to get to Machu Picchu. It’s advisable to look for a company that organizes these trips and you should also be in good a physical condition.
  • By train: This is another option you have. You leave from Cuzco which takes you directly to Aguascalientes, which is one of the closest towns to Machu Picchu.

Visits to Machu Picchu are usually from 6:00 a.m. to 12:00 noon.

HOW MUCH DOES IT COST TO ENTER MACHU PICCHU?

The price may vary, so we recommend you consult the official website. We also leave you some reference prices:

  • Adult ticket is around 70€
  • Students at 41€
  • Children (8-17 years old) at 41€

TYPE OF CLOTHING RECOMMENDED FOR THE VISIT TO MACHU PICCHU

FOR SUNNY DAYS

  • Sunglasses
  • Hat or cap
  • Pants
  • Some warm clothes (nights are usually cold)
  • For other days, you can wear light clothing

ON RAINY DAYS

  • Backpack covers
  • Water poncho or windbreaker
  • Warm clothes (it’s usually cold)
  • Long-sleeved clothing

WHAT ARE YOU ALLOWED TO WEAR WHEN YOU’RE AT MACHU PICCHU?

These are a few things to keep in mind on the day of your tour to Machu Picchu, and you will not be surprised by any inconvenience:

  • Passport (you won’t be able to enter without it)
  • Tickets
  • Some money, for lunch or something you want to buy (in case it’s not included in your package)
  • A camera, to capture some memories
  • A good pair of slippers can’t be missing
  • Water
  • Sun cream or umbrella depending on the season

WHAT CAN’T YOU WEAR WHEN YOU GO TO MACHU PICCHU?

Some of the things that can complicate your entrance to Machu Picchu are:

  • For ladies, no heels or hard soles
  • Baby cars are also not allowed
  • Tripods
  • Professional cameras (if you have one, don’t make it obvious)
  • Large backpacks exceeding 40×35×20 centimetres
  • Food
  • Animals, unless it’s a guide
  • Aerosols opPaints
  • Walking sticks, just in case the person requires it

There is a lot to say about this wonderful place, so we hope that these small facts will help you organize your trip to Peru. If you have any questions or queries you can contact us at info@adventurevolunteer.org or via the contact form.

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