(Closed) Has anyone been to Machu Picchu?

posted 7 years ago in Travel
Post # 3
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: May 2011

Me! I have! I was 12 though, so there are a few things I can’t really say like if April is a good time–we went in July and the weather was perfect, it’s their winter down there. I guess April would be fall so, the weather will probably be fine, but I’m not sure.

Machu Picchu is insane. Go on a tour, we did and even though our guide was a bit of a dud, the facts themselves are fascinating. The archaeological research is probably even better than it was 15 years ago, too. We took a train to the bottom of the mountain and a bus to the site; you can hike the Inca Trail up but I think it’s a pretty hardcore hike. An easier hike is the trail to Inti Punco, which starts from Machu Picchu and goes even higher up to a site they think was used for sun worship. It was challenging for 12-year-old me but the views are AMAZING and the vegetation really cool.

As for the rest of Peru, we visited Arequipa, Cusco, Lima, and some smaller spots in between. I think I would appreciate Cusco more now, it’s basically all 15th-c history and architecture, and some pretty excellent food. Arequipa is (was?) really nice too, farms and countryside. Yay good luck!

Post # 4
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Sugar Beekeeper
  • Wedding: September 2010

Lonely Planet has a gazillion discussion boards about Machu Picchu – check it out! It’ll be sooo helpful to you (we are currently planning a 6 month trek through Asia, so we’ve been all over that site!). My husband went to Machu Picchu a few years before we met – and thought it was amazing.

Do the hike, unless you are physically unable to.It isn’t that hard, and they have sherpas that carry your stuff, so you are only carrying a small daypack, if that. It’s really a huge part of the experience!

Also, you can hire guides without having to be on a full blown tour – that’s how my husband and I always travel, and we find small groups or independent travel to be far superior to the mass herds of most tours. He said that it Machu Picchu would have been kind of ruined for him if he hadn’t been able to keep his own pace, and really take it all in. Sometimes you are rushed along or held up by tour groups – and both can be equally annoying.

 

Post # 5
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Bee Keeper

You could take a trolly or hike. If you chose to hike you should go with a tour because there are these guys that will carry all of your food and stuff for you! It is pretty hard given the altitude 🙂

Post # 6
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Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: July 2011

Ohhh emmm geee – I’ve wanted to go there since I did a school project on Machu Picchu when I was 12. It’s one of my life goals. I know so much about it. I want to go so bad. You should go so I can live vicariously through your awesomeness.

Post # 8
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Blushing bee
  • Wedding: August 2011

It’s definitely on my list of places I want to go, but I don’t think I want to go for a honeymoon. Most people fly from Lima to Cusco to take a train, and it is like 11,000 ft in Cusco and I don’t want to be sick on my honeymoon. (Machu Picchu itself is only like 8000 ft)…I know I get altitude sickness at a little under 10,000 ft. =(

I have heard you should avoid the raining season, which is their summer.

Post # 9
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Worker bee
  • Wedding: November 2010

My boyfriend (now hubby) took a two-week trip through Peru after we graduated college and loved it! It was definitely a backpacking trip with lots of traveling and interesting food samplings 😉 We also visited Lima, Cusco, Arequipa, Machu Picchu and Nasca.. I’d be happy to share more on traveling, food, etc. if you want to message me 🙂 Have so much fun planning the trip of a lifetime! It is absolutely spectacular!!

Post # 10
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Busy bee

We just booked a couple to Machu Picchu for a honeymoon. It’s a two week tour. It’s not a destintion that I would recommend that you try to do on your own. The tour operator required has very strict insurance requirements, which is reflective of the amount of physical action required.

But, all in all it looks like a great trip and came it at under $6000 with air and everything included.

Post # 11
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Helper bee

we’re actually going to macchu picchu next week!! leaving for lima on friday, 5/13 and then spending 8 nights in the region – cusco, sacred vally, uramba, etc.  i’ll post about the trip when we’re back.

Post # 13
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Sugar bee

I went to Peru for 2 months summer 09. I was there from beginning of June-August. That’s winter there so it can get pretty darn cold if you are hiking the trail (which we did). you can do a hike that is 2,3,4 days, depending on your fitness and how much time you want to take to enjoy the wildlife/scenery/plantlife on the trail. I really recommend doing this if you are a nature person, there are hundreds of types of orchids and other flowers and the tropical birds are amazing! However, you really have to find a reputable company to arrange the hike. I definitely recommend the hike. Those mountain passes were soooo difficult at some points (i had a bad case of the flu) but it was really one of the most rewarding experiences in my life! PM me if you have more questions!

Post # 14
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: September 2011

I have been and it was one of the best experiences I have ever had!  We took a bus up there, but I would love to hike it.  The only thing I would reccomend is to stay in Cusco for a few days before you hike to get acclimated to the altitude change.  I thought I would be fine, since I had been to several high altitude locals before, but I was knocked on my butt that first day and a little bit of the second day.

Cusco was my favorite part of the trip, very authentic and they still speak their native tounge, plus wear tranditional clothng.  We found a bar owned by an English teacher who played the guitar and sang Beatles songs, I wish I would remember what it was called!  There are a ton of marketplaces, all which sell crafts for CHEAP!  I bought 3 large clay pots and had trouble getting them all home.  (oops!)  The other place I would reccoment is Aguas Caliente, very cute town.  Lima was like any other big city to me, and although it was fun, I enjoy the smaller towns a lot more. Enjoy!

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