Machu Picchu, Anyone?

posted 3 years ago in Travel
Post # 2
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: April 2013 - Rhode Island

I see Groupon and LivingSocial getaways to Machu Picchu every now and then.  I haven’t been though, so just commenting to follow.  Have fun if you end up going!

Post # 3
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Blushing bee
  • Wedding: May 2015

My FI and I did the 3 day Inca trail hike that descends into Machu Picchu on the sunrise of day 4. If you are just going to take the train in, you’ll need to book a night in Aguas Calientes (about 3-4 hours from Cusco), then take the bus from A.C. to Machu Picchu. I wrote about the hike here, along with tips for preparing for the hike here. It was honestly one of the best things I’ve ever done in my life- breathtaking scenery, challenging terrain, and wonderful people. Let me know if you have any other questions, happy to pass some knowledge on =)

Post # 5
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Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: September 2014 - Dallas, TX

I went to Machu Picchu. It was hands down the most fabulous trip I’ve been on. We didn’t have a tour guide, but I was with a group from college. I didn’t have altitude sickness, but I did get sick from the water. I knew not to actually drink tap water, but I totally didn’t think about raw veggies that have been washed in it. I spent a whole night on the toilet thanks to lettuce, but it didn’t ruin the triip at all. 

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Helper bee
  • Wedding: July 2013

mnp:  Yep, did the 4 day, 3 night trek on the Inca Trail back in 2006 (trekking the trail requires a guide).  Additionally, we spent 3 nights in Cusco on the front end, 2 nights in Aguas Caliente, a train ride back to Cusco for 1 night on the back end, and 1 night in Lima on the way out.   One of the best trips I’ve done – probably helped that it was with an amazing group of friends.

We did not suffer from altitude sickness (most of us are all hikers/runners from Colorado). 

Sending you a PM with more details.

Post # 7
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Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: June 2013

I have been. It was 10 years ago though, so my memory is pretty bad with how the whole trip trip on the train and all that went. I was actually in Peru with a local family, so I didn’t exactly have the usual planning and all that to deal with either. My friend, her mother, and I spent the early morning nearby in Ollantaytambo and then I took the train from there to Aguas Caliente. There were all kinds of tour guides and such there and I somehow got myself on a tour and on the bus to the ruins. I also didn’t really have any altitude sickness, just minor shortness of breath. I’ma freelance photographer and do tons of travel work, so if you’d like, you can check out my pictures from Peru on my website.

http://www.heathermitchellphotos.com/Travel/Peru/7046724_HtSFZS#!i=451392854&k=tf8phdn

Post # 8
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Blushing bee
  • Wedding: May 2015

mnp:  We flew into Cusco 2 days before to give ourselves a few days to acclimate. The second day of the hike is definitely rough, as you ascend another 3,000 ft up within a few hours. Definitely hydrate, hydrate, hydrate! You can also ask your doctor for Diamox (acetazolamide) before you go, which I think does help. It’s also widely available in Peru (ask for soroche). 

Post # 9
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: April 2014

DH and I are doing the trek in December and will be on the trail for Christmas! This is a pre TTC trip for us too – can’t wait! We’re also going to Patagonia while in South America too.

Post # 10
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: September 2014

mnp:  If you don’t want to do the three day hike, then I really really strongly suggest to you that you skip staying overnight in Aguas Calientes, an overpriced and uncharming tourist trap. Happily, the way to do this is SO cool in itself — spend the night in Ollantaytambo, about 2 hours outside Cusco. Tourists often hit Ollantay just to see the ruins, and completely miss out on the totally magical town itself: it’s made almost entirely of original Inka buildings. (Here’s a typical lane in town: http://b3e5c7dcf4400d0900c9-eb45869bf130bb9fcba3fa7efac31631.r81.cf5.rackcdn.com/wp-content/uploads/2013/11/20131024-peru-sacred-valley-ollantaytambo-town-2.jpg)

There’s a train that leaves Ollantay for MP in the morning, and another back in the early evening. Voila! Perfect day trip.

If you’ve got time to see other Inka ruins, you might want to check out some more authentic sites (Machu Picchu has been totally reconstructed from rubble, basically) like Pisac, Moray, and Tipon. At these sites, chances are you’ll be stumbling over big shards of Inka pottery that still have patterns/designs on them. That’s how untouristed they are, and how untouched, in comparison to Machu Picchu…

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