If you are planning visit the Inca citadel most important of Peru, below a series of tips that you should keep in mind when travel to Machu Picchu in Cuzco.
The first, obviously, is to get to Cuzco. Many people arrive first to Lima to travel later to Cuzco But, there are flights with connection so this would be a useful way to get there. If you want to travel by bus, the trip from Lima to Cuzco lasts 23 hours.
The best time to travel is from November to March which is when there is little rain. Although, if you travel from Europe you may have time to plan your trip between July and September, in this case you can visit all the tourist attractions but you must take into account the always wear warm clothes, climbing shoes and what is necessary in case there is a torrential rain.
Once we are in the Cuzco we must go to Aguas Calientes. From there we can climb to the citadel using the services of: PeruRail, Inca Rail and Machu Picchu Train (all leave from Ollantaytambo station). To enter Machu Picchu we must pay the amount of 126 US dollars (about 100 euros) and it is best to buy tickets at the House of Culture of Aguas Calientes, there we can make the purchase with a credit card (only accept Visa).
If we have time and physical enough to make the Inca trail, it is important to keep in mind that we must reserve our place at least three to six months in advance as the groups are 10 to 14 people. Depending on the route of 3, 5, 12 days will depend on the price, which has an average of 120 euros, including the tour guide service.
If we like adventure sports nothing like signing up to climb the Huayna Picchu. A mountain of more than two thousand six hundred meters high and which only four hundred people can access daily. This ascent has a medium difficulty and requires a time of at least an hour and a half. We must take trekking shoes and water.
Where to sleep? The ideal is to do it in Aguas Calientes, place where we find offers of accommodation of different budget.
Finally, we do not recommend changing money on the streets in Peru and even being very careful when doing so in banks and exchange houses since in this country we do not accept dollars that have many seals, brands, any break however minimal , among others. Therefore, it is recommended to check ticket by ticket so as not to have problems when trying to pay with them.