From the moment you decide to visit Machu Picchu, you are about to embark on an adventure that will be etched in your memory forever. Located high in the Peruvian Andes, this ancient Incan site is not only a place for stunning photos but also an opportunity to deeply connect with history and nature. At Saska Hotel Boutique, nestled in the heart of Cusco, we want to make your experience unique and full of special moments. That’s why we’re sharing essential tips for discovering Machu Picchu.
Planning Your Visit
Choose the Best Time to Go
Visiting Machu Picchu requires planning. The best time to enjoy the site is during the dry season, from April to October, when rainfall is less frequent, and the views are clearer. However, this is also the most popular period, so remember to book your ticket several months in advance.
Book Your Ticket in Advance
Machu Picchu limits the number of daily visitors to protect the site. It’s crucial to purchase your ticket in advance, especially if you want to climb Huayna Picchu or Machu Picchu Mountain, which have even stricter restrictions.
Choose Your Mode of Transportation
You can reach Machu Picchu in several ways: through the classic Inca Trail, by train to Aguas Calientes and then by bus to the site’s entrance, or even on foot from Aguas Calientes for the more adventurous. At Saska Hotel Boutique, we can assist you in organizing the option that best suits your desires and needs.
During Your Visit
To make the most of your visit and enjoy Machu Picchu with fewer crowds, try to catch one of the early buses from Aguas Calientes. Arriving early will allow you to experience the majesty of sunrise over the ruins.
Hire a Guide
While it’s possible to explore Machu Picchu on your own, hiring a guide will enrich your visit. Guides can provide you with detailed information about the site’s history, architecture, and theories about its purpose. At Saska Hotel Boutique, we can recommend knowledgeable and passionate local guides.
Be Prepared to Walk
Wearing comfortable shoes is essential, as you’ll be doing a lot of walking. Machu Picchu is full of stairs and trails, so be prepared for a good workout while you explore.
Respect the Site
Machu Picchu is a UNESCO World Heritage Site and a sacred place for many. It’s important to follow the site’s rules, such as not climbing on the ruins, not bringing sticks without rubber tips (unless necessary for health reasons), and carrying all your trash with you.
Stay Hydrated and Sun-Protected
The altitude of Machu Picchu can cause you to dehydrate faster than usual, and the sun can be intense. Carry a reusable water bottle and sunscreen with you.
Explore Aguas Calientes
While Machu Picchu is the main attraction, the town of Aguas Calientes also has its charm. Take the time to explore this small town, its markets, hot springs, and a variety of restaurants.
Make Saska Hotel Boutique Your Base
Our hotel in Cusco is the perfect place to start and end your Machu Picchu adventure. We offer comfort, hospitality, and expert advice to ensure your journey is unforgettable.
Discovering Machu Picchu is a life-changing experience, filled with natural and historical wonders. By following these tips, you’ll ensure a memorable visit and make the most of your trip from Saska Hotel Boutique. We are here to help you plan your perfect adventure, from the moment you decide to explore the wonders of Cusco and Machu Picchu until you return home with memories that will last a lifetime.