It is important, attention to details and plan well before embarking on an adventure to Machu Picchu Wonder World.
When to go to Machu Picchu?
The most recommended months to visit Machu Picchu are the months of May and June in which the weather is dry and sunny. You need to wear a hat or cap, sunscreen, sunglasses. Machu Picchu is located at a considerable height, in wich the sun’s rays are strong and can burn easily.
The rainy season is between the months of November to April, months when the weather is cold and damp; it is recommended to carry an umbrella, rain poncho.
However, Machu Picchu is just as captivating in all seasons, with blue sky, green grass, in rain. If you want to take a good photo it is advisable to climb early morning, when the citadel does not have many visitors.
Machu Picchu is located in the forest eyebrow; that is to say, a hybrid point where the mountains and the jungle are merged; which justifies the presence of annoying mosquitoes and is essential to carry insect repellent.
Ways to reach Machu Picchu
Bus service from Aguas Calientes to Machu Picchu, they begin their journey from 05:30 hours. Hours of sale Ticket Consettur is from 05:00 hours until 21:00 hours.
If you want to avoid the long queues to buy bus tickets, it is recommended to make the purchase before the date of the visit, these tickets are valid for only three days.
The alternative option to climb by bus from Aguas Calientes to Machu Picchu is a walk that lasts on average 1 hour and a half through steps, along the walk can enjoy nature and appreciate the variety of flora and fauna.
Buy Ticket Machu Picchu
It is important to the entrance Tickets to Machu Picchu before the trip, because often sell out quickly and even more if it is the entrance fee ticket to Huayna Picchu.
The entrance to Machu Picchu is valid only for one day, on the date specified in the Ticket; if the ticket is not used, there is no possibility to change or refund.
The entry Ticket for Huayna Picchu are the most purchased and quickly depleted, 400 spaces are offered per day. Therefore it is advisable to book your ticket
at least 2-3 months before your trip.
Tour Machu Picchu
The Archaeological Park of Machu Picchu is open from 06:00 until 16:00 hours. At the checkpoint entrace you will be given a map of the citadel of Machu Picchu, where contained in the routes where you can make the tour and thus move more safely. The road is clearly marked.
The tour can be done individually or if you prefer you can hire the services of guidance, which implies an additional cost. At the entrance to Machu Picchu you will find local guides, guide service takes about 2 hours.
The route is through asymmetrical and high steps, so it is necessary to take time for the visit, taking short breaks. The physical effort produces dehydration so it is necessary to carry water.
Walking canes are allowed inside the citadel as long as they have the rubber tip; it is admitted one walking stick per person.
Within the Park of Machu Picchu there is not toilet facilities, so it is recommended to use before entering. At the entrance door there are toilets, the use thereof has an additional cost; avoid setbacks and pains.
Huayna Picchu is the coveted destination for many visitors because of its location and landscapes that can be admired from the top including the City of Machu Picchu. Among his bowels stores some archaeological sites; as the famous Temple of the Moon worked in stone of the highest quality. The entire tour to this mountain is about 2 hours and a half, the route of the walk has steep stairs and winding roads.
What do I need to bring?
The weather of Machu Picchu varies with the seasons and with it the baggage too. The recommended attire for all seasons is the onion style; ie to use several pieces to keep warm so as climate change taking them off. It is essential to use a good walking shoes with thick plant.
If visiting during rainy season is important to bring a rain poncho, waterproof jacket or umbrella, with whom it easier to mobilize. The rains are intense but the temperature is medium, it does not feel so cold.
However, if the visit is done in the dry season it is important to care for the skin; so it is necessary to wear hats, sunglasses, insect repellent, sunscreen. The detachable pants are a good choice for sunny days.
Accommodation in Aguas Calientes
If you want to stay in Aguas Calientes you will find a variety of accommodations in different categories from 2 stars to a 5 stars.
Machu Picchu Pueblo also known as Aguas Calientes has a variety of restaurants, pubs, bars; places where you can spend an enjoyable time.
Also in the town of Aguas Calientes there are thermo-medicinal baths having various healing properties.
Currency in Perú
Current currency of Peru is the Nuevo Sol. Currently, one dollar equals about 3 soles.
Dollars are accepted in most businesses located in the city of Cusco but not in small towns. However, there are exchange offices where you can change dollars into soles.
It is important to carry extra cash in small denominations, to buy souvenirs that are offered by residents of the area and they do not accept foreign currencies.