Thinking about traveling to Machupicchu? Follow these tips to visit machupicchu by yourself without spend a lot of money
1.- Choose in which time you will travel:
Before choosing a travel date, keep the following in mind:
- The high season for tourism is between the months of March and October, availability is limited during these months
- The rainy season in Cusco and Machupicchu is between December and February, in Machu Picchu it’s raining a lot because is part of the Cusco’s rainforest.
- The month of June is the highest season for tourism, each june 24th Cusco celebrate the Inti raymi or sun fest
- During the month of May to August Cusco is so cold
2.- Arrives in Cusco at least 1 day before traveling to Machupicchu
It is important to arrive at least one day before your tours, This day will help you to acclimatize and contract and reserve all the services and tickets that you will need for your visit.
3.- Choose what kind of transport you will use to get to Machupicchu.
Currently you can get to Machupicchu by 3 ways. By train is the most common means, for which it will be necessary to take a transfer from Cusco to Ollantaytambo (2 hours) and then board the train in this place, in Cusco there are bus stops where you can take public transport or private taxis to Ollantaytambo, (the most common busstop is located on the street pavements) the cost of public transport in mini van is s / 15.00 and private service can cost between 100 and 200 soles, the duration of the trip is 4 hours combining train and car and you could return of Machupicchu that same day. The second most used option is to travel by car to Machupicchu. For this option you will also have to choose a hotel to sleep in Machupicchu due to the the duration of the trip, you can’t return that same day, to travel by car you will have to hire a transport service that will take you from Cusco to the place known as Hidroelectrica, the duration of the trip is around 7 hours stopping for lunch, when you get to Hidroelectrica you have 2 options, you can start the walk that will last approximately 2 hours to Machupicchu or you also have the option of taking a train that costs approximately 20 dollars if you are a foreigner and 5 soles if you are Peruvian; However, the most advisable option for take is walk, because the road is very quiet and you will see beautiful landscapes. The other alternative to travel to Machu Picchu is to take a trek, for this you have many options, we mentioned some: Classic Inca Trail 4d3n, short Inca Trail 2d1n, Salkantay 5d4n, Inca Jungle 4d3n. If you choose a trek we recommend you arrive a few days before to Cusco to coordinate in advance what you will need.
4.- Reserve your train tickets and tickets in advance:
If you choose to travel by train, it is better to book your tickets in advance, there are currently 2 train companies to Machupicchu. The first and oldest is called Peru Rail, the second is Inca Rail, there is not much difference in terms of services between them and the prices are also similar, before booking check their terms and conditions and the most appropriate schedule for you. To enter Machupicchu you will need an entrance, which is sold by the Ministry of Culture of Peru, which has offices both in Cusco and Machu Picchu, you must make the reservation at least 1 day before traveling, for which you must register in the website: here, and then with the code you can pay in the same offices, with credit cards or debit via online or in a bank office of the nation, the price is s / 152 for adults, s / 77 for university students and 70.00 for children up to 12 years, the price for Peruvians is half of these (all rates in soles).
You must know that Machupicchu town is 9km from the citadel of Machu Picchu, there is a company that sells bus tickets from the town to the citadel, the price is $ 24 dollars round trip and $ 12 a single route. However many people choose to walk and save that money, the walk lasts about 2 hours to the citadel and another 2 hours return, keep in mind that it is a safe but steep road.
5.- Book your hotel in advance
If you chose to sleep in Machu Picchu which is a good experience, book your hotel in advance, keep in mind that during the months of March to October the hotels has limited availability, we recommend you check the location of the hotel you choose
6.- What to bring?
For Machupicchu it’s essential that you bring the following:
- Clothes for the rain
- Comfortable shoes
- Light luggage
- Extra money