Machu Picchu Travel Guide: Journey To The Lost City

At three o’clock in the morning we come up to the Sun Gate with excitement and running as far as the roads allow. A sea of ​​clouds welcomes us with no sight. But we are in our lucky day… Soon the ruins begin to appear piece by piece among the scattered clouds. The moment we wait excitedly for days… We see the lost city among the mountains. A masterpiece made of stones. We look at one of the most fascinating spots in the world: Machu Picchu.

Ever since I started hiking , my dream has been to see Machu Picchu by walking the Inca Trail . One of the most impressive walking routes in the world, Inca Trail takes you to one of the newest wonders of the world…

When the target is big, it takes some time and effort. In order to realize this dream, I had to catch up with the right time for a walk and bring a time when my work was scarce. I needed a vacation longer than usual because I was going to fly across the continent. While checking the ticket prices frequently, I was searching for details for the walk.

How to Get to Machu Picchu

There are two ways to go to Machu Picchu; one to go by train and the other to reach the Inca Trail on foot. I was sure that I would go on foot… So I wanted to set all my plans for this walk and spend the rest of my time seeing different places. If you choose Classic Inca Trail you have to go with a tour company. Since a certain number of hikers are allowed on the road every day, you may need to arrange your tour well in advance, sometimes 6 months in order to find a tour at any time. The most important part of the research is to choose this tour company.

The first year, the tour company made my choice, determined my walking day, filled out the reservation form and happy to pursue a happy flight ticket, after a short time with the company, I wanted to make sure they received the reservation. However, the company, the deposit is not valid until the payment of the deposit is not a record for those dates, he said. Due to an overlooked detail, the dates I requested were full and it was not possible for me to make a date change. My dreams of that year unfortunately were left for the next year. When I did the correspondence, it was February, and in those months June dates were full.

Of course, in the second year, I learned from my mistake. I had done everything on time and under favorable conditions and finally I registered. After getting my ticket, I had to make a tour plan for me and wait for the walking day while I was preparing.

Tour Selection for Inca Trail

When choosing, it is necessary to pay attention to a lot of points from the route to the food, the things involved, the comments of the participants. However, there is another important detail that I consider when choosing a tour company. You pay a minimum fee of $ 600 for a 4-day walking tour and try to make it the best company. However, as in the Everest Base Camp march or Annapurna walks in Nepal, only human or animal transport is allowed on these roads. Manpower is used to carry your loads and camping equipment in these walks. This is one of the most important factors that make walking expensive. Unfortunately, the way companies treat carriers is not always the same. I tried to take this into consideration when making a choice.

This is important; as you walk hard with your 4-5-pound bags and full-fledged clothes daily, they have set up the camp, set up tents, have already set up the tents and have already started cooking when you arrive, often without a proper shoe and raincoat, with loads of up to 20 kilos (or more). they become. When choosing a tour company, people want to make sure that they pay for such a work… The tour company I chose,  Llama Path , was one of the best in Peru.

History of Machu Picchu

Machu Picchu was a forgotten Inca city until it was rediscovered in 1911. Until then, it was used as an area where local people graze their animals. Hiram Bingham, a professor at Yale University, arrives to find the lost city of Vilcabamba and finds Machu Picchu as the locals take him to the ruins. In fact, unaware that he has found Machu Picchu, he continues to come here in the following years, making a rough map of the region.

The city, which was intensely seized by the plants when it was found, was cleaned in time and attained its current fascinating state. Bingham also brings out the Inka Trail. Machu Picchu, which he did not know about the existence of the world until today, is now becoming one of the new 7 wonders of the world.

What Does Machu Picchu Mean?

Machu Picchu, founded on the Urubamba valley at the summit of the Andes, at an altitude of 2430 meters, means “the old peak”…

It was built in the 15th and 16th centuries by the Inca Empire, which reigned in South America. It is assumed that it was abandoned 100 years after it was built. Modern archaeologists believe that Machu Picchu was built for the imperial family and the nobility. Another theory says it could be a sacred religious center.

The city consists of three regions; settlements, agricultural areas (terraces) and religious areas. It is assumed that around 1200 people lived in its most glorious time.

Some of the stones used in the walls, built without any mortar, can reach 100 tons. The interlocking method used in the walls is an engineering marvel.

According to some sources, the city was abandoned for a very short time from the Spanish invasion, so that the city was saved from looting and waited for years to be forgotten again.

Machu Picchu’s most important structures; Temple of the Sun, Three-window temple and sundial Intihuatana.

Although the team under the Bingham administration has taken many historical artifacts to the US for years to come back, it has only come back in recent years.

Since 1983 one of the UNESCO World Heritage / Conservation areas.

On July 7, 2007, Machu Picchu was chosen as one of the Seven New Wonders of the World.

He became famous with the April 1913 issue of National Geographic magazine.

When to Visit Machu Picchu

The best time period from May to September… The most preferred months are between June and August due to the dry season. In February, the road is completely closed for maintenance work.

How Much is Machu Picchu Entrance Fee?

For Machu Picchu, they give access to 2500 people per day. So it’s a good idea to buy the tickets at least a few days in advance. If you’re going in high season, you can even pull it a few weeks ago.

The visit is between 06.00 – 17.30, but the last entry is made in two sections.

It is possible to buy tickets online for Machu Picchu… There is also an English section on site but sometimes it may not work. www.machupicchu.gob.p to

When you arrive in Cusco, you can get your tickets from an authorized travel agency or from the official offices.


Oficinas de la Dirección Desconcentrada de Cultura

Calle Garcilazo SN – Museo Casa Garcilaso

Tickets can be purchased from Peru Rail’s office at Plaza de Armas. If you buy them from here, you must have your student card or passport with you.

Ticket prices:

Machu Picchu

Adult: S / 152. (Approx. US $ 47)

Student – S / 77 with ISIC card (approx. US $ 24)

8 -17 years old child S / 77. (Approx. US $ 24)

Children under 8 years free of charge.

Flights to Machu Picchu + Huayna Picchu

Adult: S / 200 (Approx US $ 62)

Machu Picchu + Montana Ticket (Walking to Machu Picchu Mountain)

Adult: S / 200 (Approx US $ 62)

Student – ISIC card / 8-17 children S / 125 (Approx US $ 39)

How to Get to Machu Picchu

By train :

The most preferred route to Cusco – Ollantaytambo – Aguas Calientes. After arriving at Ollantaytambo station (1 hour 45 minutes) by taxi or bus, you can travel by train to Aguas Calientes by train (1 hour 30 minutes). From here you can reach Machu Picchu in about 20-25 minutes by bus.

The train service counts quite a lot. The earliest service starts at 05.45. According to the ticket you bought, the cheapest roundtrip cost around 132 dollars.

Another option is to go from Poroy station in Cusco to Aguas Caliantes… To get to Poroy, you need to take a taxi or take a bus. Since Peru Rail only makes 4 flights a day, tickets run out immediately. Need to get in advance. You can buy tickets in different categories. There are many stylish alternatives. Depending on the category you buy, the cheapest one costs around $ 207. Of course, the price increases a little when you buy one way.

If you choose Hiram Bingham 11 service; can cost you $ 875 round trip. But this included cocktails, food service, bus transfers, entry tickets to Machu Picchu. If you’re going with this, the earliest service is at 6:40. He arrives at Aguas Calientes at 09:54.

After arriving at Aguas Calientes, you can reach Machu Picchu buses in a short walk and take a 20-25 minute journey to the entrance. These buses leave every 15 minutes. (Round trip about 24 dollars)

Machu Picchu Bus Departure Time:

Aguas Calientes – Machu Picchu 5.30 – 15.00

Machu Picchu – Aguas Calientes 6.30 – 17.45

These bus tickets are not purchased online but can be easily bought from the bus station. You can even buy tickets from Cusco to save time.

There are two rail companies: Peru Rail and Inca Train. Most of the flights are made by Peru Rail. If you are buying an e-ticket, you need to take it with you and exchange it at the station. So they advise you to go to the station at least an hour early.

Most of the trains also have windows on the ceiling (they call it panoramic windows) and you can see the mountain view from here to the extreme.

Peru Rail

Inca Rail

After arriving at Aguas Calientes, walking to Machu Picchu is another option. You can reach Machu Picchu with a walk that takes about 1.5 hours.


One of the most preferred is the Classic Inca Trail route. It takes four days. In this tour, your tour company takes you to the 82nd kilometer from Cusco where the march will begin. After a 3-night walk, you arrive at Machu Picchu early in the morning on the 4th day. After a 2-hour tour and free time, you can take the bus to Aguas Calientes. From there you first take the train to Ollantaytambo and then take the bus to Cusco.

There’s two days of that. Your tour company takes you to 104 kilometers this time. First you go by bus and then by train. On the first day after the walk you reach the Sun Gate and return to Aguas Calientes. After spending the night there, Machu Picchu takes an early 2-hour guided tour and then takes the bus to Aguas Calientes. From there you first take the train to Ollantaytambo and then take the bus to Cusco.

Another alternative is the most preferred tours of Salkantay – Santa Teresa. You can reach Machu Picchu by using different routes with these 7 or 5 day tours. There is no need for official permission, so you can set up a few days before you go.

Most of the good companies are booked well in advance, so you should organize before you go.

Walking from Aguas Calientes to Machu Picchu is another option. You can reach Machu Picchu with a walk that takes about 1.5 hours.

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