Thursday, January 31, 2013

Peru - Part 4 (Machu Picchu)

Machu Picchu. You can't say the words without pictures of grandeur popping into your head. Having been, I can promise that it lives up to those pictures and more. Being at Machu Picchu was one of the most memorable experiences of my lifetime and I highly suggest everyone make the trek. This is truly a location where words cannot do it justice...

Travel Tips (before I lose you to the beautiful pics)
  • Take the early train. Seriously, give yourself as much time as possible to spend at the top
  • Buy your tickets before going. The government recently restricted the number of visitors allowed each day, and you don't want to go to Peru without seeing Machu Picchu!
  • Buying tickets is going to be a hassle. The system isn't great. We all had to try different cards until something finally took. Be Patient.
  • When booking your train to Machu Picchu, I suggest using PeruRail and booking the Vistadome car. The scenery is beautiful and this is one of the best ways to see it (it also comes with breakfast!)
  • If you are fit, hike up Huayna Picchu, If you are really fit, hike up Wayna Picchu (you're going to have to make sure you get there in time, they stop letting people climb after 11am)
  • Go for the hike to Intipunku
  • Knowing the history, we explored without a guide and LOVED being able to roam at our own pace
  • You can get your passport stamped after completing the hike up Huayna/Wayna Picchu, and you can get a second stamp at the welcome center at the entrance to Machu Picchu

PERURail to Machu Picchu

scenery on the way (see, i told you that the vistadome cars we're awesome!)
getting ready to go up Huayna Picchu

stairs on the way up to Huayna Picchu
view from Huayna Picchu of Machu Picchu (or as I call it, Pikachu Mountain)

view from Intipunku

Machu Picchu

Thoughts on hiking the Inca Trail
We were unable to hike the trail as our schedule did not allow it. If you are thinking about doing it, do not be discouraged by the idea of hauling around backpacks full of camping equipmen.! A lot of tour companies have extra employees go with you who will carry your items, set up your tent, and make your food. If the opportunity ever arises for me to do it, I would hike the trail in a heartbeat!

 Peru was an amazing place to visit and one that I suggest to anyone who brings it up. Going to Machu Picchu on the last day was an excellent way to end our Peruvian adventure. Viva la Peru!

Part 1: Haucachina Oasis, Nazca Lines & Paracas National Reserve
Part 2: Puerto Maldonado/Amazon Rainforest
Part 3: Cusco
Part 4: Machu Picchu
Overall Trip Guide


  1. Great pics and thanks for the tips :P I didn´t know it was possible to get stamps on the passport :) Is it for free?

  2. Absolutely free! If you're going to Machu Picchu soon enjoy your trip -- you'll never forget it :)