Machu Picchu is Calling

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    Feb 08, 2013 12:50 AM GMT
    This getting older thing is becoming fun with all the bucket list items being turned into experiences. A trip is planned to Machu Picchu in early June. The cost of getting there and concerns about getting from Lima to Cusco to Machu Picchu have been examined, but I can count on not having all the answers for making this one more seamless trip. Any advice or comments regarding the journey, what should be seen and done, what should be avoided, etc would be greatly appreciated. Thanks in advance.
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    Feb 08, 2013 2:11 AM GMT
    Definitely do the 4-day Inca Trail hike to Machu Picchu. You'll see ruins and scenery you won't see by just taking the train up to Machu Picchu. I went with Llama Path Tours and highly recommend them. They're excellent. Why are you concerned about getting from Lima to Cusco and Cusco to Machu Picchu? They're all very well-connected. Don't plan much time in Lima. One day is sufficient. You'll want to spend the bulk of your time in Cusco. Lake Titicaca and Arequipa are nice if you have the time. If you're short on time, just concentrate on Cusco and take the Inca Trail hike to Machu Picchu. Let me know if you have any specific questions.
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    Feb 08, 2013 2:45 AM GMT
    I used to want to go there when I was a kid. But from talking to people I know who have been there, and seeing their pictures, I gather that every tourist in the world is there already.
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    Feb 08, 2013 2:47 AM GMT
    I'd like to mountain bike it; but could care less about it otherwise.
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    Feb 08, 2013 2:49 AM GMT
    It's on my bucket list.
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    Feb 08, 2013 2:58 AM GMT
    I didn't do the Inca Trail unfortunately, though I really would have liked to. I agree with the comment above by Atlantamasseur in that there's not much that needs to be seen in Lima so you don't have to spend much time there. If you have any specific questions I'd be glad to help too.
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    Feb 08, 2013 3:06 AM GMT
    Atlantamasseur saidDefinitely do the 4-day Inca Trail hike to Machu Picchu. You'll see ruins and scenery you won't see by just taking the train up to Machu Picchu. I went with Llama Path Tours and highly recommend them. They're excellent. Why are you concerned about getting from Lima to Cusco and Cusco to Machu Picchu? They're all very well-connected. Don't plan much time in Lima. One day is sufficient. You'll want to spend the bulk of your time in Cusco. Lake Titicaca and Arequipa are nice if you have the time. If you're short on time, just concentrate on Cusco and take the Inca Trail hike to Machu Picchu. Let me know if you have any specific questions.


    This is best I have done it, Lima is ok but boring Cuzco is fantastic
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    Feb 08, 2013 3:10 AM GMT
    Ugh...I so read that as Pikachu....icon_confused.gif
  • hockeydude12

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    Feb 08, 2013 3:11 AM GMT
    That's awesome! I haven't done it...yet. Check out G Adventures, I don't know how much you are looking to spend but they have a pretty good package for like 7 days I think. I've always enjoyed trips I have done with them too! Have fun
  • SkyMiles

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    Feb 08, 2013 5:08 AM GMT
    Definitely one of the places I wanna go! If I get my contract renewed, I will icon_biggrin.gif
  • SkyMiles

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    Feb 08, 2013 5:27 AM GMT
    BlackCat90 saidUgh...I so read that as Pikachu....icon_confused.gif


    No, no, it is not Macchu Pikachu! icon_eek.gif
    lol
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    Feb 08, 2013 5:29 AM GMT
    I went backpacking in South America and I was definitely on a budget. If you want to save money I would take the bus from Lima to Cusco, and I think that was about $80 and a 12hr rideicon_confused.gif . The best thing I did was to take the 4 day 3 night tour to Machu Piccu. We got to ride mountain bikes down the hill, walk part of the Inca Trail, eat really good food, and ended up at the hot springs. I think that was about $200. Plus bring your student I.D (you can make a fake one icon_wink.gif b/c they give student discounts. Good luck and let me know if you have any questions.
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    Feb 08, 2013 10:13 AM GMT
    dLbrown00 saidPlus bring your student I.D (you can make a fake one b/c they give student discounts.
    That would be an unbelievable scream with all the gray hair.Thanks for all the responses.

    A wide range in cost of air transportation was found, depending on the airline. Star Peru seems to be the least expensive. There didn't seem to be much to see in Lima. Lima will be a two-day stop on the way home. What can be expected in the way of food?

    One of the main concerns is altitude sickness. Only one alternative medicine was discussed with the doctor, but Diamox has interaction with another currently being taken. Several others will be investigated. The cocoa leaf tea is an uncertainty due to company drug testing.
  • kew1

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    Feb 08, 2013 3:36 PM GMT
    Not sure what camera you'll be taking , but if it's a dSLR , lenses over 200mm are banned/need a permit (tripods as well).
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    Feb 08, 2013 4:03 PM GMT
    I've been there six times. HMU for info.
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    Feb 08, 2013 7:23 PM GMT
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    dLbrown00 saidPlus bring your student I.D (you can make a fake one b/c they give student discounts.
    That would be an unbelievable scream with all the gray hair.Thanks for all the responses.

    A wide range in cost of air transportation was found, depending on the airline. Star Peru seems to be the least expensive. There didn't seem to be much to see in Lima. Lima will be a two-day stop on the way home. What can be expected in the way of food?

    One of the main concerns is altitude sickness. Only one alternative medicine was discussed with the doctor, but Diamox has interaction with another currently being taken. Several others will be investigated. The cocoa leaf tea is an uncertainty due to company drug testing.



    Peruvian food is good. Especially the ceviche. Just be careful where/what you eat. A few people in my hiking group and I got sick from eating something in Augas Calientes after our hike. If you're going to do the Inca Trail hike, try to spend a couple of less-strenuous days in Cusco before you start the hike to acclimatize your body to the altitude. I didn't have any "soroche", or altitude sickness, while I was there but I was coming from a higher altitude in Bolivia. I did have it in Bolivia, however, and it wasn't fun but not debilitating. At least not for me. I didn't take any medicine for it and was ok.
  • builtnycguy

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    Feb 08, 2013 8:07 PM GMT
    1. Def. fly from Lima to Cuzco. TAM is a lot cheaper than LAN.
    2. Two cool choices for nice, tourist class hotels: Hostal El Patio in Lima (Miraflores) and Hotel Casona Les Pleiades in Cuzco. A lot of places prefer cash to credit cards.
    3. If you're hiking into Machu Picchu, book as soon as you can to reserve a spot on the Inca trail. If you miss out, the Salcantay Trek is a decent alternative. It goes higher than the Inca Trail, so take along oxygen shots (available at any pharmacy in Cuzco).
    4. Eat alpaca kabobs at PachaPapa in Cuzco. The food is very good and reasonable everywhere in Peru. Don't drink the water.
    5. The ruins in the Sacred Valley (Pisac and Ollantaytambo) are nearly impressive as Machu Picchu -- though they lack as spectacular a setting.
    6. At Machu Picchu, make sure you arrive very early and get a pass to climb Wayna Picchu -- that's the humpy little mountain you see in the background in all the photos. You'll be happy you made the effort.
    7. Reward yourself with a soak in the hot springs at Agua Calientes. The water is a little murky, and it's more lukewarm than hot, but it still feels good.
    8. In Cuzco, South Adventure Peru Tours (Calle Carmen Bajo 235) was terrific at setting up excursions. The owner/operator, Ruben, is very personable. He even gave me a big hug when he picked me up at the train station upon my return from Machu Picchu. You'll find lots of tour operators in Cuzco to get you wherever, and they all seem to funnel into the same bus, but this guy did a lot for me for cheap. He gets lots of terrific notices on tripadvisor and other travel sites, so check him out.