If you love to travel around the world, you cannot omit in your bucket list this one of the ancient wonders of the world – The Machu Picchu. This Incan citadel located at the high peaks of Andes Mountains gives that majestic view of sophistication. Traveling to Machu Picchu usually takes a four-day trek through dangerous terrain. Tourists mostly travel the famed road Inca Trail in reaching this wonder, but there are also other options without taking strenuous trek.
Not all people like to climb into the clouds on foot. So, we have here options for you to consider in seeing the majestic beauty of Machu Picchu.
There is a bus or train that can take you to Aguas Calientes, also known as Machu Picchu Town, from Puno or Cusco. Aguas Calientes is located at the foot of Machu Picchu. For those with average mobility, there is a shuttle bus available that can take you to the peak from Aguas Calientes. It runs on a frequent round trip schedule for only under $20. If you are comfortable with stairs, walking around the peak is brisk but doable.
The Aguas Calientes Town
As mentioned earlier, lies more than a thousand feet below the Machu Picchu. The town serves as the gateway for people, locals, and tourists to reach the ancient beauty of the mountain. There are also shops, cafes, and restaurants located in the town. Some establishments offer accommodations of varying qualities. Mountain water and hot springs fed the river, which runs through the town. Hence, therapeutic hot baths are welcome for tourists (hikers or non-hikers). This river is one of the many tributaries to the Amazon.
The Machu Picchu
It is a national park, and it has an admission fee. Visiting the peak has timed entry as well, to manage the coming in and out of traffic. It also has entry passes for a single-entry or multi-entry that can be purchased in the town where the shuttle buses depart. If your visit aims to capture its beauty, it is best to visit the peak during sunrise and sunset. Take note that the view changes and reveals amazing sights, but sometimes fast-moving clouds can cover the view. So, if you plan to visit the peak once, you may have to wait a little longer to capture the peak’s beauty. When you are at the summit, the altitude is around 8,000, and the town’s altitude is 7000 feet below. When you are to compare, it is just the same air pressure in a commercial airline flight experience. However, if you have altitude sickness, precautions are needed when doing this adventure.
The Huayna Picchu extends its beauty and amazing views if you take the scenery from the Machu Picchu. Some brave hikers that completed the four-day trek from Inca Trails claim that the prize they achieve is the trophy of beautiful scenery, and the best photo opportunities are from the Machu Picchu.
Extending Your Machu Picchu Visit
Aside from the beauty of this ancient jewel of the mountain, there are also other amazing destinations when in Peru. You can also check out the place of Cusco or Puno on Lake Titicaca. Adding days to your vacation or trip will give you a pretty much fuller picture of the beauty of Peru.
Have your next route from Machu Picchu to the mountain city of Cusco. It is one of the highest altitude cities in the world. Take note, and if your altitude sickness, this city is at 12,000 feet, it may be a more active approach to you. Nonetheless, Cusco’s historical and cultural activities make your day or two-stop worthwhile.
You can also take your side trip to the town on Lake Titicaca – Puno. This place’s altitude is much higher than Cusco- it is 12,500 feet. Puno is the most elevated large lake in the world. You can also check their Uros floating village, where you can meet friendly locals and their homes on the water.
Visit the Cliffs in Miraflores District, at the place of Lima, Peru as well. Lima has a lot to offer and this is probably the gateway for most tourists and visitors. It is best to get in this beautiful place after a long flight, where you can relax and witness their dramatic coastlines. There are short flights that can take you to Puno or Cusco from Lima to reach the Andes Mountain where the Machu Picchu is.
People traveling from Canada and the United States going to Peru will not need a travel visa. They only need their valid passport with at least six months of remaining validity. Most people and tourists explore South America spend their trip for a week or two to enjoy this amazing place. For longer or shorter trips, it can be planned as well.