If you are hoping to head to the beautiful Incan ruins of Machu Picchu in Peru, there are definitely some things to know before your flight takes off. From what to pack to what to do and where to stay while there, it is always best to know your game plan before arriving. Consider these following suggestions and tips in order to make the most of your time visiting Machu Picchu…
When To Go
Not sure what time of the year is the best to make your way there? For those who do not mind the crowds and have a more flexible work schedule in the summer, July through August is your best bet. However, if you want a less crowded experience (though not guaranteed) October through April would be the other way to go. Just be prepared for the rainy season if you do decide on a date between those two months.
What To Pack
The flight is booked and your trip to Machu Picchu is just around the corner! Now it is time to pack up that bag and make sure you don’t forget the essentials. Here is what to bring along…
- Cash: Small villages in Peru don’t accept credit cards so you will need to take both USD and some local currency, Soles.
- Comfy/Sturdy Shoes: Chances are you will be walking a lot and you don’t want to have blisters! Pack plenty of socks too!
- Short/Long Sleeve Shirts: The weather is unpredictable there depending on altitude. Both types of shirts are necessities.
- Rain jacket: At all times of the year (not just rainy season) that is light and can be easily stored away.
Where To Stay
There are a handful of great options of where to stay while visiting Machu Picchu and they all depend on your budget. Here they are…
- Inkaterra Machu Picchu Pueblo Hotel: Set right on the edge of town and away from the crowds, this is a great place to stay although it can be rather pricey.
- El MaPi: Located in downtown Aguas Calientes, this place offers a much more affordable price for budget travelers.
- Belmond Sanctuary Lodge: The closest to the gate and definitely the priciest of all options.
What To Do
Besides the actual hiking and trekking around to explore the ruins, there are some other great options…
- Aguas Calientes Thermal Springs: Enjoy a nice rest after a long day of hiking at the thermal springs in town for just $10.
- Handicraft Market: Located right in front of the train station and full of treasures.
- Orchid Garden/Bird Watching: This is free of charge for all guests staying at Inkaterra Pueblo.
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