Plan the great trip to the citadel of the great Inca empire of Machu Picchu.
1.- WHEN TO GO
November through March is the rainy season and the season preferred by Latinos. The high, from July to September, is the time of the Europeans.
2.- HOW TO ARRIVE TO THE ARCHAEOLOGICAL PARK
The fastest and easiest way to get to the Citadel is by train. There are currently three companies that offer their services to Aguas Calientes: PeruRail, Inca Rail and Machu Picchu Train. All offer daily frequencies from Ollantaytambo station. The prices are similar and the services too. The main difference is their schedules. In addition, PeruRail is the only one that adds three services from the station of Poroy (in Cusco) and one, in autovagón, from the station of Urubamba.
3.- ON THE ROAD OF INCA
If your plan is to make the Inca Trail, reserve your place with at least 5 months in advance. Only 500 people are allowed per day and the road is closed in February.
4.- HOW TO ENTER MACHU PICCHU
Those who prefer to pay the entrance ticket with credit card can do it with Visa only through the sanctuary website (www.machupicchu.gob.pe, option paid). The easiest way to buy the ticket in cash is to do it directly in the House of Culture of Aguas Calientes Machu Pichu. (they do not accept dollars) and closes at 20:30. Do not forget to bring a passport to buy the entrance or to enter the Citadel
5.- CLIMBING HUAYNA PICCHU
Huayna Picchu: The “young mountain” is 2 667 meters high and forms part of the Salcantay massif; To make a summit in it, is to access a different perspective, amplified, of Machu Picchu, and in passing, meet with the surprise that there are important archaeological remains.
To climb it you need to be in good physical condition and present at the entrance of the park – with a general access ticket in hand – at 4:30 in the morning. It is the only way to secure a place in one of only two scheduled shifts per day, for a maximum of 400 people in total. The climb is of medium difficulty, and rising at a good pace requires between 45 and 60 minutes. Essential: carry water and trekking shoes.
6.- WHERE TO SLEEP
Being the closest enclave to the Archaeological Park, Aguas Calientes is the chosen place to spend the night. Its hotel offer is quite wide. While there are some luxury hotels -caros-, the cheapest options are considerably lower in terms of the infrastructure and service they offer. A good alternative is to spend the night in Ollantaytambo instead of in Aguas Calientes.
Never change money on the street. When you do it, even in a currency exchange, check that the bills are not broken or worn. A minimum damage is enough so that no bank, trade or exchange house takes it.