The thing about travelling to Machu Picchu is that you don’t really know what you’re getting yourself into until you get there. History buffs, lux glampers, outdoorsy folks, young, old. You name it, all in awe of this 8th World Wonder and wondering themselves, how the Incas carried 15 ton boulders to construct this archeological site 600 years ago.
How captivating really is this lost city? Keep reading to find out…
When to Visit
Machu Picchu is open to tourists year round. However, if you choose to hike (like we did), the Inca Trail is closed in the month of February. The peak season in July & it rains from November to April. That being said, its full of tourists no matter what season.
What is the Inca Trail
Well, its a 4-day 3-night, 26 mile long hike that boasts beautiful sceneries and cloud forests. But, its not for the faint hearted (i.e. me). If you’re not a professional hiker or don’t like in Colorado, where the mountain is your playground, I highly highly recommend training for this. I can’t highlier recommend enough.
Accommodation whilst Hiking
Blue Sky Escapes and Enigma travel planned our hike for us with sleeping tents, toilet tents, a chef & porters. It sounds like glamping, but let me tell you, its not. Everyone on the Inca trail has their own company they’re working with and it is necessary. You will not be able to climb those 26 miles with your belongings, water, sleeping tents & a toilet, unless you grew up on the mountain. For the porters, this was a piece of cake & they would be able to finish what would take a normal human 8 hours to complete, in 1 hour. So kudos to them.
You will see nothing as stunning as this. Guaranteed.
After a 4 day hike, you will not be able to move, so take the train back down to Aguas Calientes. There are two companies you can choose from: PeruRail & IncaRail. I recommend the Vistadome option where every seat had a full view of the scenery as you head back to Aguas Calientes.
Any tips, You may ask?
- There are only 500 passes for each of the hills per day. Tickets sell out in advance, so book EARLY.
- You will need your passport to pass control at the gates of the park. Make sure you get your passports stamped.
- It costs 1 sol to use the public restrooms. I would have paid 1000 soles if I had to.
- Please please get a guide. Don’t underestimate what a guide can do for your experience. He will explain the entire history behind Machu Picchu, without which, you would not get to embrace the full beauty of the place.
- Tip your porters, chefs & guides, you’d be dead without them.
- Make friends! Everyones in it together and its so much more fun when you have a buddy to chat and laugh with along the way.
- What to bring: this is a long list. Especially if you are doing the hike. Don’t choose to live dangerously and pack well in advance. Email me at email@example.com for the entire list. You will need it.
All in all, it was such an unforgettable trip. You get to push your boundaries to such crazy limits. Check out Blue Sky Escapes and don’t hesitate to reach out to them to help you plan your memorable trip to Machu Picchu.