Santuario Historico de Machu Picchu

Santuario Historico de Machu Picchu

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  • GBJ-Cookies
    South Shields, United Kingdom1,769 contributions
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    A True Wonder of the World
    Located a twenty minute uphill bus ride from the town of Aqua Calientes we arrived at the bus stop 7:30am to join the long queue of tourists already assembled there. Tickets are sold online some 4k of them for each day and an extra 900 at the ticket office in town for in person sales only. The journey to the top includes many hairpin bends and affords wonderful views of the surrounding areas. There are toilet facilities at the unloading site for a small charge, a buffet restaurant and surprisingly a hotel. From here it is a small walk uphill to the amazing Inca site. Our G Adventures guide gave us an informative 3 hour guided tour on what was a beautiful sunny morning.
    Visited June 2023
    Travelled as a couple
    Written July 25, 2023
  • Josh Hargraves
    9 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Brilliant vacation with Uncover Latin America
    I want to extend a heartfelt thank you to Chris and the entire team at Uncover Latin America for curating an unforgettable adventure for my family and me to the awe-inspiring wonder of the world, Machu Picchu. While the sheer grandeur of Machu Picchu exceeded our expectations, it was the remarkable journey leading up to it that left an indelible mark on us. The scenic train ride that carried us to our destination was a picturesque delight, setting the tone for the adventure that awaited. The winding road through lush, subtropical landscapes as we ascended towards Machu Picchu was an experience in itself, showcasing the natural beauty that surrounded us. Our guide proved to be a true gem, enriching our visit with insightful commentary and historical context that breathed life into the ancient ruins before us. After our enlightening tour of Machu Picchu, we indulged in a well-deserved lunch at the Sanctuary Lodge, where the tranquility and stunning vistas only enhanced the dining experience. From the captivating tours to the sumptuous meals and the exceptional accommodations leading up to our Machu Picchu expedition, every aspect of our journey was nothing short of outstanding. The level of service we received throughout was of the highest caliber, truly reflecting a world-class standard. For anyone seeking an extraordinary travel experience that seamlessly combines adventure and luxury, I wholeheartedly recommend reaching out to Chris and the remarkable team at Uncover Latin America. Their expertise and dedication ensured that our adventure to Machu Picchu became an unforgettable chapter in our family's travel story.
    Visited August 2023
    Travelled with family
    Written August 10, 2023
  • Ed Zeek
    Lafayette, Louisiana5 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Winderful place
    Great visit to an historical place. It was like a fantasy adventure. I'm glad I went before I got too old. I like the llamas. I'm glad we took the bus instead of trying to hike.
    Visited September 2022
    Travelled as a couple
    Written August 12, 2023
  • Ectoplasm Fantasia
    Birmingham, United Kingdom2,689 contributions
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    Absolutely glorious!
    This really is a once in a lifetime experience. Glorious and stunning. I didn’t do any hiking just followed the standard trail with a guide - approx 30 mins uphill to start. The photos don’t do it justice and I will always remember my spiritual visit here.
    Visited May 2023
    Travelled solo
    Written August 19, 2023
  • Anneli F
    New York25 contributions
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    Machu Picchu and Vainu Picchu
    The view of the ruins and mountains in the sunrise is an unforgettable memory. To climb the summit, Vainu Picchu was a feat but worth every sweat drop. We also experienced thunder and rain, which made it more magical
    Visited October 2018
    Travelled with friends
    Written September 4, 2023
  • Samir S
    London, United Kingdom538 contributions
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    An ancient site to behold
    One item of the bucket list ticked off. Breathtakingly beautiful and as the picture postcards show. Incredible that the Incas built this almost 700 years ago. Make sure you go with a good guide, who can explain clearly all the intricacies of the site, and try to early morning to avoid the crowds. Well worth the visit.
    Visited September 2023
    Travelled with family
    Written September 11, 2023
  • TheExplorerFamily
    Somerset, New Jersey7,103 contributions
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    Magnificent Wonder of the World
    This 15th century Inca Citadel, or “The Lost City of the Incas”, built in the classic Inca style, and at 7000 feet above sea level, was truly magnificent. The name can be translated to mean “Old Mountain”, and it is believed that this was a summer estate for the Inca Emperor Pachacutec, and where about 700 people lived and worked while he was present. Some of the buildings have obviously been reconstructed to give tourists and visitors an idea of what they must have looked like at that time. We had a good tour guide. She pointed out various points of interest – The Sun Temple, the Condor landing stone where sacrifices may have been performed, the Temple Room with the Three Windows and the Water Mirrors from where the ancient scientists watched the skies. Amazing…! We got a very early start, and spent about four hours walking and exploring the grounds, and climbing the smaller Huch’Y Picchu Mountain for the glorious views. The landings suggested that farming of corn and potatoes was conducted here. Other foods were imported in. The Llamas and Alpacas seen everywhere were really cute. This UNESCO World Heritage Site deserves its title. It is a process to arrive here, but absolutely worth it to visit at least once in your lifetimes. We feel lucky to have been able to make this tedious journey.
    Visited September 2023
    Travelled with family
    Written September 28, 2023
  • DavisII
    Toronto, Canada20 contributions
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    Searching for Fredy!!!
    Fredy found us first, at the exit of the train station in Aguas Calientes. If not for Fredy, we would not have found John for our adventures in the Cusco region. I felt an instant connection just through a quick conversation, and so our adventure began. He met us at 5:30 in the morning with a smile on his face and info started to flow. If not for this man, we would not have had a clue on how this was built and the manpower needed for this impressive structure of the Incan Empire. Can say thank you enough, Fredy!
    Visited September 2023
    Travelled as a couple
    Written October 2, 2023
  • Michael M
    Atlanta, Georgia150 contributions
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    Incredible and do-able (even for a 71-year old)
    Spent the night in the city of Machu Picchu after taking the Machu Picchu train from . Did so in order to go on an early tour of the archaeological site. I was overwhelmed by Machu Picchu…really incredible...well worth it. Some observations and hints: 1. Try and go on an early tour (I went for the 8:00 park entrance). Did so to avoid any rain that usually occurs in the afternoon. The buses are boarded by park entrance time…so those for the 7:00 opening go up before the those for the 8:00 opening….long lines at the bus boardings but there are a lot of buses and the line moves fast. Also some of the internal sights, like the sun dial, are only accessible in the morning. If you go for later times, you will be mixed up with those arriving before you and those coming behind, which makes it crowded. 2. Get a ticket beforehand. Walked by a long line of hikers that were waiting for same-day tickets that are very limited. My guide said that some hikers wait for several days before they give up. 3. If you are afraid of heights and are not hiking to the site, close your eyes in the bus….rather harrowing trip along steep slopes. 4. Use a guide. There were many visitors who seemed to be doing it by themselves. My guide was very informative and knew the nooks and crannies and their significance…. I saw most just walk by. 5. Be aware that the government rations the movement along different paths (circuitos). Another guide got into an argument with my guide because I was going on the upper path (and thus to see “the” view of Machu Picchu) whereas his participants were relegated to a lower path and did not see “the” view. Apparently, they were not too happy. 6. I am a healthy 71-year old. To get to the higher view one has to climb steep stairs. I rested often and was able to do it without any problems. Lots of walking on paths that are not very smooth. For those with limited mobility, stick to the lower paths.
    Visited October 2023
    Travelled solo
    Written October 23, 2023
  • lisajlb
    Westhoughton, United Kingdom1,476 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Wow just wow and we got a double rainbow
    This is one of those places that words simply do not do justice. Until you visit the energy that you feel is hard to explain. I was blessed to be able to go twice The first afternoon was with a guide, it was hot and i asked rain and within 5 mins it rained and we got to see a double rainbow, spectacular. The following morning, I was there for 7am. The sun temple is only open 7-10am so take this into account. The second time I was on my own which was great having had the guide the day before got to explore and take it all in.
    Visited October 2023
    Travelled solo
    Written October 26, 2023
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Jacs
Thiruvananthapuram District, India6 contributions
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Nov 2019
An amazing and spiritual site,well worth the hike to the top. Weather was cloudy and to quote the guide we danced with the clouds. Many visitors, and you have 4 hours only, which is enough to explore the site and take loads of photos. Take a lightweight rain mac incase of fine drizzle.
Llamas roam free in the lower areas, which are very cute.
Written January 3, 2020
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David B
Jenkintown, PA319 contributions
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Feb 2020
Machu Picchu
At first we thought just getting there was half the fun. We stayed at the Sumaq Hotel and can highly recommend the it, the restaurant and staff. We were there in late February when the crowds are minimal. You need some luck because this the rainy season. During spring, winter and fall they have little rain but overwhelming crowds. The other advantage of summer rain are the flowers and lush green cloud forest. You need a guide to get the full understanding of what you see and their experience walks you thru the maze in a pleasant fashion. We were overwhelmed during our four hour walk thru the palace. We started with blue sky and sun, amazing clouds and after three hours watched a rain storm approach the mountain tops. The last hour we walked in the rain. The experience far exceeded any expectations we had. Our guide Darcy was excellent. Great knowledge of how Machu Picchu was built and the local flora and fauna. Knowing what we know now we would have spend an additional day. We would have walked and enjoyed additional time in the jungle
Written February 24, 2020
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unpunctual
Chicago, IL62 contributions
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Oct 2020
The views are breathtaking. Seeing the pictures online represent Machu Picchu as a spectacular place; actually being there puts you in a state of awe on so many levels. The architecture, the scenery, the history, everything you learn about the Incas and the massive Andes surrounding you make this sightseeing excursion one of the most impressive. Truly a wonder of the world.

Some things we learned during our trip:

We were told that entrance tickets to Machu Picchu and the train to get to Aguas Calientes can sell out, so make sure to purchase your tickets ahead of time.

We purchased our bus tickets to Machu Picchu in Aguas Caliente the day before doing the tour. The buses get extremely busy, so we went earlier in the morning and took one of the earlier rides back to help avoid some of the crowds.

Much of the info online says you are required to have a guide to tour the grounds, however, we found that this was not a requirement at the time that we visited. This is a topic that seems to have the possibility of changing in the future though so doing your research before you head to Peru is a good idea. Our group split up throughout the day, so we ended up hiring two different private guides upon arrival at Machu Pichu. Each guide cost about $100 including tip for a tour that was 2 hours in length. It was a pleasant and informative experience, although while reminiscing about each of our tour experiences later that night, we realized that there were some inconsistencies in the information provided. This is another reason why doing your research on the various tour offerings ahead of time is a good idea.

We visited in October and the weather was perfect for us, it was warm but not too hot. We had heard that the sand flies can be annoying, so we wore long pants as well as brought bug spray and essential oils to help keep them at bay and did not have any issue.

In one area of Machu Picchu, we came across llamas and alpacas – they were wildly entertaining for our group and a fun surprise for everyone.

This experience was well worth the travel it took to get there and is definitely one to have on the bucket list!
Written June 5, 2021
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Lena F
Lagos, Portugal32 contributions
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Nov 2021
We went to Machu Picchu in November 2021 at 6:00 in the morning. We can confirm that a guide is not required to enter Machu Picchu. So, if you want to see the site in your own tempo - you can visit Machu Picchu without a tour. We bought entrance tickets on the official site of Machu Picchu, and train tickets on the site of PeruRail. There were discounts for less popular departure times.

We wanted to see Machu Picchu emerging from the mist, so we booked the first time slot in the morning - at 6:00. We bought bus tickets a day before in Machu Picchu Pueblo (there are large signs Bus Tickets near the bus stop), came to the stop at 5:25 and took one of the first buses around 5:35. When we climbed to the lower terrace, there were 7 people including us, and nobody in the ruins. When we left the ruins around 9:45, there were hundreds of tourists everywhere.

We didn't take a bus down, instead we hiked about 1,5 hour in the fantastic cloud forest. The trail is clearly marked, the hike down is easy even in wet weather.
Written December 6, 2021
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Erika
Caracas, Venezuela9,864 contributions
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Mar 2022
The worst management of a touristic place
First of all, to get to Machupicchu is a nightmare and really expensive.
NOW, Machupicchu is divided in 4 circuits and each circuit costs around $50. And the entrance to the bathroom is 2 soles.
It is a disaster to take the bus in Aguas Calientes: disorganization and infinite line.
At the entrance of Machupicchu: queue to enter the complex, queue to the bathroom, queue to take the bus to go back to Aguas Calientes.
INSIDE MACHUPICCHU: almost impossible to take a decent picture or just to take a moment to admire the place because all is extremely crowded, guides and guards are yelling at people to keep walking, everything is closed and you can just follow the line.
The most absurd rule: you can't use an umbrella
Round trip to get to Machupicchu is about 10h30 and you can only stay up to 4h inside (per circuit). I only stayed 2h45 in circuit 1.
Machupicchu is an amazing place but not worth it because of the poor management.
Written April 14, 2022
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LuizDutraNeto
Rio de Janeiro, RJ8,571 contributions
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Nov 2019
Visiting the "Santuario Histórico de Machu Picchu" is indeed a magical experience to anyone! We hear so much about its legends, its energy, its mysticism ... If you are thinking about going, keep your focus and, as soon as the world gets back to normal (or at least to the "new normal"), start packing for a unique lifetime experience! The Inca citadel had its construction started in the 15th century and was abandoned by the time of the Spanish conquest in the following century. Surprisingly, the sanctuary has never been touched by any of the earthquakes that have hit Peru on several occasions, and the Spaniards never reached the citadel. It was simply abandoned by its nearly 1,000 inhabitants and, as time passed, nature reclaimed it back. In 1911, American historian Hiram Bingham "discovered" the nearly intact ruins and their magnificiency was unveiled to the world. If you have not yet made up your mind, remember that "Machu Picchu" was appointed by Unesco, in 1983, a "World Heritage Site" and it was included, in 2000, among the "New Seven Wonders of the World"! Rush and let "Machu Picchu" bewitch you! Enjoy!
Written July 15, 2020
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Janette Ikeda
4 contributions
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Jan 2020 • Couples
Machu Picchu is truly a majestic site. We went in January when it was rainy season and despite the rain, the beauty and majesty of this inca ruin is a must see for all visitors to Peru. We had Huaynapicchu tickets for 7am, but we didn't arrive to Machu Picchu until 9am because all trains got cancelled the day before our visit. But despite this, we were allowed to hike to Huaynapicchu at 11am after our tour to machu picchu. Overall, Machu Picchu is one of the most amazing sites my husband and I have visited.
Written January 6, 2020
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deborahk3
Maidstone, UK1,822 contributions
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May 2019
We traveled to Machu Picchu by train and then bus from Cusco! Wow, wow wow! This must be on every bodies bucket list and it was great to arrive on a beautiful sunny and clear day! It is believed that Machu Picchu was constructed as an estate for the Inca emperor Pachacuti, some time in the mid 1400's It is considered the most familiar and amazing icon of Inca civilisation and on arrival it is easy to see why. Thankfully it was never discovered by the Spanish during colonial times, in fact it was unknown to the outside world until 1911. As you would expect, Machu Picchu is built in the classical Inca style, with polished, dry stone walls. Rightly so, it is a UNESCO World Heritage site and is thought by some to be one of the new Seven Wonders of the World & I couldn't agree more. I'm sure no one would visit Peru without making the journey to MP, the Peruvians have made the whole experience straightforward, from booking the tickets, getting the train and bus and gaining entrance. Every step is straightforward and makes the whole experience worthwhile and easy. As an aside, my mobility is impaired due to MS, and although at altitude, I still didn't feel deterred from taking the trip. I was not able to circumvent the whole site but was still able to navigate the key sights. I'm so glad I came.
Written April 17, 2020
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honestopinionfrank
New Jersey109 contributions
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Mar 2020
Our first trip to Peru and to the sacred city of Machu Picchu. Once you are off the train that leaves you at the base of this site, you can transfer to a bus that takes you to the entrance of this ancient site or you can hike it up. Once you arrive you enter and walk for about 10 to 15 minutes up some steep stairs until you reach the point that everyone goes to. Once you see this, your eyes open wide and you take a deep breath in this is magnificent, amazing and all inspiring. The view of this place is amazing. I have been to many places around the world and this is one of the best sites I have been to. If you are lucky enough to have a guide, even better as they explain the history of this sacred city. Do yourselves a favor and find a way to go and see for yourselves, you won’t be disappointed.
Written March 25, 2020
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Papaleadfoot
Cave Creek, AZ356 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jan 2020
Amazing! Awsome!! A Bucket List Destination.

The train ride itself from/to Cusco/Machu Picchu is a teriffice event. The bus ride from Machu Picchu to the site is also an event to be remembered (somewhat scarey)!

Visiting the site is a fantastic experience!! The altitude had no effect on us.
Because of being medically short of breath, mobility was an issue; however, our guide, Guia Yanina, from Peru Premium Travel, picked out a trail allowing outstanding views. Even found a bench for us while she narrated info about the site. Because of the mobility problem was unable to take the three day ship tour and was able to arrange the overnight private tour: ship to Machu Picchu & overnight; sightseeing Machu Picchu and return to ship the next day.

Whatever suits you, time permitting, you must visit Machu Picchu.An exciting view of the site; thrilling bus ride & additional scenic train ride all make for a memorable experience.
Written April 11, 2020
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