The famous Machu Picchu
The Machu Picchu, the unavoidable in Peru! For good reason, these ruins are amazing and full of energy. Here is the story of our visit to Machu Picchu.
We start our journey from Olantaytambo, we took a minibus from the Plaza del Armas. We paid 30 soles. The day before, we tried to book it in advance but it was always more expensive, no need to bother so. The bus took around 4 hours, on a road really narrow.
You get off at Hydro Electrica, the start of the walk to Aguas Calientes. It takes a bit more than 2 hours on the side of the railway. If you look closely when you cross the first bridge you can already see a small part of Machu Picchu, we only saw that on the way back.When you rich a station, look on your right to get down to a road. We didn’t see that and had to cross tunnels on the railway, not so good.
Aguas Calientes is the city of Machu Picchu, there is nothing to see in it really. You just spend one dinner and one night there for the visit (expensive ones by the way). We didn’t buy our ticket before, contrary to everyone else. But it is the low season so we easily get 2 tickets for the morning with the mountain.
You get early to bed, breakfast planned at 4:20 the next morning. The excitation made the wake up so easy! We chose to walk to the Machu Picchu entrance. It is 1 hour and a half of stairs, clearly not an easy peace. If I’ve been alone, I think I will have taken the bus on the way up, especially knowing that after that we had a hard hike on the mountain Machu Picchu. But I did it and we were at the entrance of the site just before the opening.
The first view of the Machu Picchu is amazing, you can finally say I did it and take your own photo. A small hour later and a lot (really a lot) of pictures later, we start going up on the Machu Picchu mountain. 2 hours hike and more than 2 000 stairs! Not easy at all, but the view from the top is amazing!
Once the mountain done, you can visit the village. There is a lot of tourist and group so it is not really easy to navigate. We catch some information on the guide not paid by us…
12 o’clock, we finished our visit but we still have 2 hours back to Hydro Electrica and the bus back to Ollantaytambo. Hopefully, the walk back is completely flat so manageable after around 3000 stairs of the day.
It is really difficult to put words on this visit, I prefer to share with you a part of my so many pictures of this day.
How to get to Machu Picchu? either by train but it is really expensive or, like us, by minibus to Hydro Electrica than walk. For the bus from Ollantaytambo, you can negotiate it at 30 soles
Where to sleep? We chose the cheapest, but it was really correct with a breakfast whenever you want, Caza del Paza (look for a door with a peace and love sign on the door)
Where to buy the entrance ticket? The easiest way is to book it in Cuzco in advance or in Aguas Calientes when you arrived. You can book it on the official website but it is not easy. There are of course agency that can book it for you but you will pay a bit more.
Our entrance, Machu Picchu + Moutain, cost 200 soles.