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Latin America Machu Picchu (Peru)

The beautiful Inca city of Machu Picchu was discovered kind of „by coincidence“ when an American adventurer Hiram Bingham was searching for an entirely different Inca place. He heard of some ruins on the hilltop and paid 1 Sol (less then 1 USD!) to a local Peruvian guy called Arteaga to take him there. Today Machu Picchu is one of the most visited sites in Peru. People come to admire the unique ruins that are covered in clouds on early mornings and bathed in sun during the day.

How to buy a ticket? You must buy your tickets in advance, there is no possibility to get them once in Machu Picchu. Tickets can be purchased online or from an agency in Cusco or Aguas Calientes. In any case it is a “process” … who knows why the Peruvians make it so difficult.
What here: To explore the site you will need about 2 hours. Should you have more time (extra 2 hours) and strenght, you can walk all the way up to the “Puerta del Sol” where from you can see Machu Picchu from high above (no extra charge). Just beware that the walk is on a small path made into the side of a steep mountain. To access Wayna Picchu, the opposite mountain, you need a special ticket also bought in advance. The climb is very steep!

Just at the main entrance you can find toilets, snack bar, one expensive restaurant and one expensive hotel. Once passed the entrance all you see are ruins, tropical vegetation and beautiful mountains. Yes, and lots of people :)
How to get here: There is no road to Machu Picchu! You can either take a 3 days track called Inca Trail from Cuzco (you will sleep in a tent and wash yourself when you get there :) or you can take a train from Cuzco, Urubamba or Ollantaytambo (the best). The train takes you to a relatively new and ugly town of Aguas Calientes. Special frequent buses provide a service to Machu Picchu from Aguas Calientes, the stop is nearby the train station along the river. You can also walk, but it is not enjoyable since the buses go on a dusty road and pass right by you.