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  • History (227)
  • Nature (200)
  • Hiking (189)
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Machupicchu was highly rated for hiking by 77 guests from the United States!

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What's your best piece of advice for a first-time hiker in Machupicchu?

Luke
Luke, Ireland

18 days ago Report

The Machu Picchu site does not have any modern conveniences like toilets or shops on it. These are located outside the gate so try to bring what you need in a little backpack, although there are restrictions.
Be prepared to walk a lot and climb even more.
Protect against Mosquitos and the sun.
Be warned of 56 soles return bus fare from Aguas Calientes

For Wayna/Huayna Picchu

I do not like heights, but this climb was rewarding in many ways, and I would advise everyone to experience it.

Most of the climb is reasonable, with large steps and wire rails to hold. Some steps are high and some are a little awkward. The last 200metres approx are very steep, narrow and daunting, and the return 200m section is slightly worse, but with a bit of grit it is doable. Verbal support is also important.
The return journey takes about 3 hours normally.
Bring mosquito repellant, suncream, plenty water (it should be in a flask but this is not enforced), and some fruit or energy bars to eat at the top. Also a towel for the inevitable sweat.
Try to minimize the weight in a bag, and make sure that you can have two hands free at all times.
I went off season (December) on the 0700hrs trek and was stripped to a tshirt very soon, despite the fog, which cleared gradually.
There is a tiny cave at the top which requires crawling on all fours for a few feet and then squeezing yourself out while twisting your body as you exit it vertically, but nobody had a problem. The ultimate peak has a small vertical ladder and you climb onto a rock.
The comraderie is fantastic throughout.
There is an alternative route to descend to see caves but that adds an extra hour plus.
I only saw one member of staff on the whole Huayna climb, so don't expect any assistance from them, but there is usually no need.
Make sure your camera is charged and has lots of memory. Each step presents another amazing view.

How can you enjoy the sights in Machupicchu while avoiding the crowds?

Rebecca
Rebecca, United States of America

28 days ago Report

We went to Mach Picchu two days in a row and found that it was more enjoyable later in the afternoon when there weren't so many crowds and the view was not obstructed by clouds. (The clouds in the morning were cool too though.)

What did the ruins in Machupicchu tell you about Incan culture?

Lori
Lori, United States of America

28 days ago Report

The ruins were quite impressive. We found the surrounding scenery especially beautiful. Easy to understand why this area is called the Sacred Valley.

Describe the nature in Machupicchu.

Vreni
Vreni, Switzerland

18 days ago Report

unique, the best I have ever seen.

What is it about the people in Machupicchu that makes them so watchable?

Lori
Lori, United States of America

3 days ago Report

I love the traditional clothing they wear. I love to see how they carry their children or their wares on their backs. Watching the interactions in the markets is especially interesting.
  • Ancient Landmarks 42 endorsements
  • 2 answers

Describe the best ancient landmarks to visit in Machupicchu.

Shauna
Shauna, United States of America

22 days ago Report

All of Machu Picchu is an ancient landmark!
  • History 227 endorsements

What is it in Machupicchu that makes history come to life?

Paul
Paul, Canada

24 days ago Report

Ones imagination explodes into action, trying to figure out how the Inca, using slaves, were able to engineer such amazing feats of rock carving and fitting and moving. It's just stunningly beautiful and awe-inspiring.
  • Culture 156 endorsements

How can you get the most authentic cultural experience in Machupicchu?

Shauna
Shauna, United States of America

22 days ago Report

Be sure to buy your tickets ahead of time! They limit access to the park and the two mountains that you can climb. I recommend hiring a 2 hour guide at the entrance (make sure he/she can speak your language fairly well). This cost us 120 sols for 3 people (40 sols each) which was roughly $30 US dollars total or $10/each. It was definitely worth it. Our guide was so good we tipped him 30 sols. After our guided tour we climbed Montana (the larger of the two mountians) which was basically climbing up steps all the way. It was physically challenging, but all of us made it (my husband and I are 53 and 54 and our daughter is 20). We took lots of breaks. It took us an hour and 45 minutes up, and an hour and half down. It was worth it! You experience a 360 degree view. SPECTACULAR! Once we got back down we still had plenty of time to roam around the ruins.
  • Tourism 19 endorsements

How is tourism changing Machupicchu?

Jeff
Jeff, United States of America

20 days ago Report

Most of this city seemed to be designed to sell anything and everything to tourists (which I think is expected when it's this major of an attraction). I would really love to see this city explore more of its cultural heritage and less of the tourist trap that it seems to be.
  • Atmosphere 5 endorsements

Why is the atmosphere in Machupicchu something people rave about?

Juan Antonio
Juan Antonio, United States Minor Outlying Islands

29 days ago Report

As has been said, Machu Picchu embodies the mystery of the Inkan empire's incredible architectural and construction feat. Being there in person and being in the midst of this sanctuary while also learning about its history and about each section of the sanctuary is an experience of a lifetime that leaves a profound and lasting impression.
  • Mountain Walks 32 endorsements

What's your best advice for mountain walks in Machupicchu?

Rui
Rui, United Kingdom

19 days ago Report

Mind altitude sickness.
  • Mountaineering 15 endorsements

What advice would you share with mountaineers heading to Machupicchu?

Jeff
Jeff, United States of America

20 days ago Report

If climbing Huayna Picchu resist the urge to bring up a daypack for the hike, check it and get it later, but a water bottle holder was very worthwhile.
  • Photography 13 endorsements

Which spot is best for taking photos in Machupicchu?

Paul
Paul, Canada

24 days ago Report

just after entering the main entrance, start to climb on the left and keep climbing and going up and further up, even when others stop. Once you are past the hut, you will see Machu Picchu open up before your eyes, below you. When the sun crests the mountain, the city will be bathed in glory (sol) and it will be time to be thankful or maybe drop to your knees and propose to the one you are with...
  • Amateur Archaeology 21 endorsements

Why should amateur archaeologists flock to Machupicchu?

Mary
Mary, United States of America

21 days ago Report

It's astounding. It's hard to imagine how it was built.

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