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Questions re. Machu Picchu

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I'll be traveling to Peru later this year and plan on visiting Machu Picchu on a Monday. We'll be staying in Ollantataytambo when we visit and right now my plan is to get there first thing in the AM.

I've read that the lines for both the train and once you arrive in Aguas Calientes can be very long. Would you recommend taking the first train of the day from Ollanta to Machu Picchu? The idea of catching a roughly 5 AM train isn't the most "appealing" to me but will do it if it helps with the crowds etc. I'm not looking for a "deserted" experience since I know that would not happen but definitely want to be able to enjoy myself too.

Also, how much time would you say is needed/worth it at the ruins? I've visited Chichen Itza and Teotiahuacan ruins before but both of those visits were definitely more on the rushed side so it's definitely appealing to me the idea of being able to take my time etc. I'm just curious that if I catch the 5/6 AM train, what time should I do a return train for? It's not in the plans to stay overnight in the area though.

I read that no food is allowed inside the ruins-if you have your ticket are you allowed to reenter at all? I've read that there are plenty of food options in Aguas Calientes.

Any personal tips you have would be terrific.

Thanks in advance!

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