Getting to Machu Picchu

Aug 28th, 2011, 02:09 PM
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Getting to Machu Picchu

Is the train a good way to get to MP? Is it a pretty ride? Which train is best?

Is the 2-day hike a better option? Do you see more? We're fit, just limited time and trying to only take 1 week of work to visit MP.

Is November really so bad a time to go? (heard non-rainy season ends October).

Considering going in October but not sure if we can plan the trip that soon.

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Aug 28th, 2011, 03:37 PM
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What's billed as a "two-day hike" is really one day of walking for a few hours. You arrive at MP at the end of that day, stay in a hotel in Aguas Calientes (the nearby small town) and visit MP itself the second day.

November starts to get iffy as far as weather goes, but January and February are the worst of the rainy season. I would still chance it, but might not do the hike.

The train is a scenic ride. You can take the train to and from Cusco, or from some point out in the Sacred Valley. There are a few trains a day that travel between the town of Ollantaytambo and MP, so you have more flexibility if you're staying out there.
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Aug 29th, 2011, 03:21 AM
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Was there last year...

Cheapest nice way to do it fly into Cusco cab for $20

to www.apulodge.com cute cheap in www.ollantaytambo.org

they set up the cheap "backpacer" train in for u cheapest

or better if adventurous

www.incalandadventures.com Trek in with Flavio from $300 pp

Coming in through the sungate to MP is the experience

of a lifetime VERY spiritual.

www.spiritair.com www.peruvianairlines.com.pe www.taca.com

for cheap air... take time to adjust to altitude and

insuremytrip.com comp trip insurance usually Patriot for me

from $1pppd always wise... Happy Travels!
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Aug 29th, 2011, 03:23 AM
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smartours.com

perubesttours.com Mike

peruforless.com

good tours if u need a little help...
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Aug 29th, 2011, 03:26 AM
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www.weather2travel.com/climate-guides/peru

Oct least rain around Cusco for u go then if you can

But still little rain more mist and Fog in Nov still

very neat...

Just do not go in late jan/feb flooding there then.
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Aug 31st, 2011, 11:19 AM
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Be sure you have your Machu Picchu ticket before you take the train up. Some disappointed people this summer who couldn't get them after going all the way to Aguas Calientes.
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Aug 31st, 2011, 11:21 AM
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Sorry-
The train was a gorgeous ride. We got a great view and picture of one of the glaciers you can see in the Andes, and if you pay attention, you can see other ruins, and lots of orchids and bromeliads growing on the trees.
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Aug 31st, 2011, 05:54 PM
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I've hiked the 2-day at least 3 times and the 4-day once. November is a beautiful time to hike. Highly recommend hiking in through the Sungate. So what if you get some rain? The rainy season is just starting, so it won't be saturated. I've also hiked in March and loved it then too. It's still the Inca Trail. Very doable hike if you are fit. Our guide took care of the entry tickets and train ride tickets and give us a tour of the ruins and booked the hotel. It's so worth it.
If you do the 2-day trip, you get one day of hiking and you still get to enjoy the incredible train ride back to Ollantaytambo after the tour.
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Sep 2nd, 2011, 04:09 AM
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I visited MP, taking the Vistadome train from Ollytaytambo (Sacred Valley area) and loved the scenic ride. Peru Rail operates the 3 different levels of trains going to Machu Picchu .... technically the train goes as far as Agua Calientes (also referred to as Machu Picchu town), and then a bus will take you up the road to the ruins themselves. As you research peoples comments, be aware the least expensive train is now called "The Expedition" which formerly was named Backpacker .... and alot people still refer to it as Backpacker train.


http://www.seat61.com/Peru.htm


http://www.perurail.com/en/train_description.php?id=2


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