Viewing: Machu Picchu
New rules affecting visitors to Machu Picchu are already afoot. Recently, our guests reported that park rangers would not allow them to bring their camera tripods and monopods into the park. The use of hiking poles, even with rubber tips, was also prohibited.
When I was at Machu Picchu in early May, these rules were not in effect.
In addition, I’ve learned that Machu Picchu will also be debuting a new schedule designed to increase the number of visitors who can access the park. The park will be open from 8:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. and again from 1:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. (more…)
Guest Blog Post by Lili Mahlab
There were two morning hikes – one at 7:00 and one at 10:00. We chose the 7:00 AM hike because we had heard that the trail was very narrow and by hiking early we’d avoid having to pass others on the trail.
The morning was cool and overcast, just perfect for the strenuous 1,000 foot climb. The trail was a series of switchbacks and stone steps that crossed from one side of the mountain to the other. At times we’d catch our breath with a slight descent. But most of the time, we headed continuously uphill. (more…)
Guest Blog Post by Lili Mahlab
We woke up really early to take the 8:00 train to Machu Picchu. After settling into our assigned seats, the train took off promptly at 8:00. This was one of the most beautiful train rides we ever took.
The train passed through towering snowcapped mountains, while the Urubamba River glistened and flowed alongside the train tracks tumbling over rounded boulders and rocks with occasional rapids here and there. We were so absorbed by the landscape that we barely felt the time pass. (more…)
1) Engineering marvel. The construction of Machu Picchu is a remarkable feat of engineering. The buildings are constructed of stone cut and fit together so perfectly, all without the benefit of mortar, that you can’t slide a credit card between the cracks. You can also see how the Incas pioneered earthquake-safe building techniques in the trapezoid-shaped doorways and inward-leaning walls throughout the site. Finally, the 700-plus farming terraces and elaborate water distribution system are still limiting erosion today in spite of frequent torrential rainstorms and hoards of tourists trampling through the site. (more…)
Machu Picchu, the lost city of the Incas, isn’t easy to get to. Even the Spanish Conquistadores never stumbled across it as they traversed their way across Peru in their quest for gold. Thankfully nowadays the journey isn’t nearly as arduous.
All roads to Machu Picchu begin in Cusco. From there, there are four popular options for traveling to Machu Picchu. (more…)
Two landslides have blocked the main road to Machu Picchu. The landslides have disrupted the bus service that transports visitors from Machu Picchu Town (Aguas Calientes) to the ancient citadel.
Currently buses are transporting visitors to the point of the first landslide. Visitors then have to walk to the other side of the second landslide to catch a bus the remainder of the way to Machu Picchu. According to the government website, this walk takes approximately an hour. (more…)
Is Machu Picchu the perfect romantic setting in which to propose? Nate Berkus thought so when he recently proposed to his partner Jeremiah Brent. Nate isn’t the only one. Countless videos of people popping the question at the lost city pop up on a YouTube search.
And, when I hiked the Inca Trail, we celebrated the engagement of two people in our group, Max and Elizabeth, seen cutting their cake here.
If you are thinking about proposing at Machu Picchu, consider these six tips for making the most of this ultimate romantic moment. (more…)
We are honoring Mother’s Day 2013 by donating $100 per person on bookings made in May 2013 for travel in Peru before May 2014.
The donations will go to Living Heart, a non-profit that helps mothers and their children in some of the most disadvantaged highland communities of Peru’s Sacred Valley, a region where malnutrition and disease are painfully rampant.
On itineraries that lead our guests through this region, we always eat at Hearts Café in Ollantaytambo in the Sacred Valley – the gateway to the Inca Trail and Machu Picchu. Proceeds from the café go to support Living Heart’s projects that supply vitamins, medicines, dental, medical and school supplies. (more…)
The first surprising thing you need to bring to Machu Picchu is a Ziploc bag! Why? The weather at Machu Picchu, as is true in mountains the world over, is quite unpredictable. It may be sunny when you board the bus for Machu Picchu in Aguas Calientes and raining cats and dogs by the time you arrive. A Ziploc bag is perfect for keeping your camera dry.
On one of my trips to Machu Picchu, a friend and I were trapped under a shelter for almost an hour as we waited out a torrential downpour. We were afraid to venture out because we didn’t want to get her video camera wet. Admittedly, a Ziploc bag is not the first thing you would think to pack, but it can be indispensable. (more…)
Yes, Machu Picchu is open New Year’s Day!
I can’t think of a more special way to celebrate the New Year than with a visit to the sacred citadel. And, neither can many others.
Be aware the site limits the number of daily visitors to 2,500. This includes hikers entering through the Sun Gate from the Inca Trail. Also, Aguas Calientes, the pueblo that sits at the base of Machu Picchu, has limited hotel space. (more…)