The Best Trip to Machu Picchu in South America

Machu Picchu on your own and cheap

1- Visa for Peru

Usually, you will not need it if you are Latin American, North American, or European. If you are from a non-Mercosur country, you will need a valid passport and a visa in some exceptional cases.

If you are under age, you will need to spend with your parents. If you are a parent and travel with your children, you will need a marriage certificate and the child’s birth certificate.

2 Vaccines?:

No vaccine is mandatory, but the Peruvian Ministry of Health “recommends” vaccination against Yellow Fever in certain jungle regions. Usually, nobody does it, so it’s up to you whether it’s worth the risk. In several countries, this vaccine is free, and when it costs, it is not expensive.

3 Lodging and camping.

We do not suggest carrying tents. In this place, you will practically not need it. Peru is one of the cheapest countries in South America to get rooms at meager prices.

4 Climate and atmosphere in Cusco

Always wear a coat. Typically, you feel the heat in places of the sun and areas of hard shade. The sun is radiant, and the site’s climate can damage your skin. Take sunscreen or buy at the pharmacies cocoa paste pills that are very cheap and useful.

5 Altitude Sickness

You may have never experienced a lack of oxygen. Your digestion will be slower, and your sleep will be dense and deep. The idea is to stay calm on the first day to acclimatize. It is very typical for all pharmacies to sell pills for altitude sickness.

 6 Inca Trail

Making the “Inca Trail” is not mandatory to get to Machu Picchu. There is trekking for two and four days, and it is indispensable to have an excellent physical condition.

7 Alternatives to Machu Picchu.

All the roads are excellent, full of exact incredible nature, and almost the same landscapes. Cusco is full of routes of the authentic road that formed the Inca Red Road.

  1. By train from Cusco city or Ollantaytambo (closer) through Inca Rail or Peru Rail
  2. By bus to Ollantaytambo (15 soles) and then another bus that leaves you at Km 83 of the train tracks; walk the remaining kilometers to Machu Picchu Pueblo (Aguas Calientes).
  3. Route Cusco -> Santa María -> Santa Teresa -> Aguas Calientes .- Perhaps the preferred route for backpackers who want to save the cost of the train.

8 Health and safety

Avoid walking alone in the night markets or too far from the center with value and tourist aspects. Stay tuned to your pockets at trade shows or areas where you are very close to people. In one of the most touristy cities globally, it is predictable that there are petty thefts and scams. Do not leave your valuables alone or trust in free things to avoid this. Do not rely on the excesses of unwarranted kindness from strangers who usually will always want something from you.

Hygiene is crucial to maintaining health. It is common for tourists to get sick from the stomach from trying everything. To avoid it being prudent, prevent things that sell on buses and street vendors, especially cakes and handmade cheeses that can carry dangerous bacteria. Long walks on the stony ground can make you easy prey for dislocations or similar injuries.

9 Discounts

If you are a student, you should take out the ISIC (International Student Identity Card) card to discount some tours.

10 In Machu Picchu

From Machu Picchu Pueblo (Aguas Calientes) you can climb to the ruins of Machu Picchu. Two ways:

  1. By foot: Not recommended for people who want to reserve energy to climb Huayna Picchu.
  2. By bus: Some buses go up and down people all the time.

Must-Do: Take a hike.

If you came by train, indeed, you have not passed by. If you came on foot from Ollantaytambo either, on the other hand, you would come from Santa Teresa via Salkantay trek or Choquequirao hike; these are good alternative trekking to consider.

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