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Hi! My fiance and I are planning a trip to Peru in late September; our tentative itinerary currently includes two days at Machu Picchu (we plan to take the train from Ollantaytambo to Machu Picchu, tour the ruins with a guide, stay overnight in Aguas Calientes, and then return to Machu Picchu the next day to climb Huayna Picchu). But, we've heard that getting the stamp that allows you to climb Huayna Picchu is a real scramble -- that you have to be in line to catch the bus from Aguas Calientes to Machu Picchu no later than 4 am, that 3:30 am is even better, and that even if you are in the line by 3:30/4:00 am, there's no guarantee that you'll be among the 400 to get the stamp for Huayna Picchu.

1. My question is: is that true if you're going to be at Machu Picchu in late September? Or, does that kind of schedule only apply if you're visiting Machu Picchu from June - August?

2. If that is true even for visits in late September, then my fiance and I aren't interested in trying to climb Huayna Picchu (we want to see wonderful things, but not at the cost of returning from our vacation more stressed than when we left!). So the next question is, if we're not going to climb Huayna Picchu, is it worth it to stay at Aguas Calientes overnight and visit Machu Picchu for two days? Is seeing Machu Picchu in the dawn/early morning light on the second day, and perhaps hiking to Intipunku, enough to justify the time and expense of an extra admission ticket to Machu Picchu/extra bus trip from Aguas Caliente?

Thanks for any insights!

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