Before You Go to Machu Picchu
Where to Take the Best Photos
When you arrive at Machu Picchu, the initial thing you will do is that there’s a maze of paths leading in every which way and you’re not totally sure which will lead you to the greatest photo occasions. The truth is that it is best to discover, but if you’re looking for that ‘postcard Machu Picchu photo’, you’ll discover it at the Guard’s House on top of the highest peak inside the ruins. Elsewhere you can acquire photos from a further space (providing abundant overviews), but you’ll need to obligate to a day hike. The easiest of these is to essentially walk part of the Inca Trail (in reverse) which will take you 2-3 hours round trip. If you book in improvement you could also consider “The Machu Picchu” hike which very few visitors know about. This is debatably where you’ll find the best photo op.
Time of Year to Visit
While Machu Picchu is busy year-round, the “dry season” (May through October) is the most general time of year to visit, as well as the Christmas/New Year period.
Sun & Bug Protection
It possibly comes at no surprise that the sun is destructive way up there in the clouds. Don’t forget to pack sunscreen AND bug spray, as Machu Picchu is quite exactly crawling with the little buggers.
The Food at Machu Picchu is GOOD / GREAT
Before taking the 30 minute bus ride up to Machu Picchu from the small town below, I though I had improved grab a snack in case I was hungry and couldn’t find anything up there. But in fact the food is x100 better up at the site at the snack bar or Belmondo lunch buffet. Vegetarians fear not, there’s a excessive veggie quiche on offer for $6.20. There are healthy options: wraps, sandwiches, etc. and also hot dogs, soft serve ice cream, etc. It is also quite low-cost considering the location.
Stamp your passport
You’ll need your passport to enter Machu Picchu, so while you’re there why not grab the free passport stamp on the way out. It is situated on the right hand side as you leave, just before you pass complete the exit gate.
I’ve never had too much of an issue with altitude sickness nor have those around me, but it is worth declaring for those concerned about the effects of altitude sickness. First of all, contrary to general belief, Machu Picchu is not the highest point in the Andes – it is instead one of the lowest. You will be at much higher altitudes in both the Sacred Valley and Cusco. However to avoid getting headaches or unnecessary diziness, drink plenty of water and chew coca leaves if you’re really worried. It’s entirely not essential, but as you request!
Are only situated outside the site itself, so be certain to use before you enter or wait until you’re on your way out.
Treks around Machu Picchu, If you want to get the most out of your visit but don’t request to commit to the famous 4 day Inca Trek, there are a excessive range of day hikes to be taken whilst here at Machu Picchu. If you want to trek the renowned Huayna mountain or Machu Picchu mountain, you’ll need to book at least 6 months in advance.
Staying Overnight in Machu Picchu vs. Overnight in Cusco
As said the best period of day to enjoy Machu Picchu almost completely to yourself is the late afternoon before the 5:00pm closing time, which would necessitate you to stay overnight in Machu Picchu. Many travellers choose to journey straight back to Cusco on the train instead, as it is much cheaper to stay at hotels in the city. But consider this: you’ve come all this way, wouldn’t you rather appreciate it!? By staying overnight in Machu Picchu you can also return the following morning (particularly good in case cloud coverage does not permit for good photos) and catch an afternoon train back to Cusco.