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Best way to see Machu Picchu-traveling from Lima

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Best way to see Machu Picchu-traveling from Lima

We are going to Peru for the first time in early October, we want to see Machu Picchu, but trying to find the most economical way to do so. We looked into a couple of tours, that was pricing about 300$-400$ per eprson for tour and hotel in Cusco, plus an extra $ 150 pp for flight to Cusco from Lima.

This seems so expensive to us. Is it best to simply get to Cusco, find our own hotel, and take the train to Machu and do our own tour?? Or is getting package deal really the only way to go?

Any hotel recommendations for Cusco?



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1. Re: Best way to see Machu Picchu-traveling from Lima

The only thing you have to reserve in advance is the train from Cusco - or better : Ollantaytambo - to Machu Picchu.

If you take a flight on your own from Lima to Cusco, I would recommend to head directly to the Sacred Valley (best places to stay are Urubamba or Ollantaytambo) and after about 2 days there, visit MP (possibly with an overnight stay in Aguas Calientes) and only then take the train back to Ollantaytambo or all the way to Cusco and stay in Cusco for 2 days. Cusco is higher than the Sacred Valley and can cause symptoms of altitude sickness, so visiting the SV first and Cusco at the end usually avoids this kind of problem.

Check TA for recommended hotels - there's tons of them in Cusco.

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2. Re: Best way to see Machu Picchu-traveling from Lima

There are also guides at MP you can hire for the tour or your hotel can recommend some. Book your own flights and stuff, it's more economical.

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3. Re: Best way to see Machu Picchu-traveling from Lima

The cheapest way you can do yr trip is :

Fly from Lim to Cus. Check with Lan.com or Star Peru airline for lower priced tickets. If you buy in advance, you have better chances of getting a cheaper ticket.

Go to the SV for aclimatization and train on the Backpacker $57 to MP.

Bus to the ruins is $12

Entry to MP is $38

Book yr train in advance.

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4. Re: Best way to see Machu Picchu-traveling from Lima

If you buy your plane tickets through LAN, be sure to put your country of origin as Peru - the tickets are about half the price. There are detailed instructions on another thread from a couple days ago look for Redhead47's post -


We leave for our trip next week so I can't offer any personal recommendations for hotels yet, but we are going to stay at Los Ninos Hotel in Cusco based on lots of positive reviews and recommendations from this site. It is only $40 a night, but I think that it might be one that needs to be booked before you leave.

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5. Re: Best way to see Machu Picchu-traveling from Lima

Use Xochitil's figures so you understand the "hard" or unavoidable costs of getting to Machu Picchu, which are essentially a minimum of $225 a person just to get from Lima through the gate at MP. Add a hotel, the cost of a guide, and the convenience of someone else arranging it for you, and I don't think the prices you were quoted are that off the mark. Remember, MP is not easy to get to, which is partly why it is so mystical. So, do not be surprised that it costs more than a typical sidetrip elsewhere.

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