What I need to know before going to Machu Picchu?
In this section we offer our readers some important data so that they can prepare their trip to the Inca citadel and thus enjoy a pleasant trip without mishap involved.
How to get to Machu Picchu?
There are three distinct ways to reach the ancient Incan citadel of the city of Cuzco. The most traditional and common among travelers is by train. The trip, which takes about three hours, begins in San Pedro station in Cuzco.
The second option is aimed at tourists who enjoy the sport and adventure. It is a long walk through the Inca trail, which starts at the suspension bridge Kusichaca on the Urubamba River, which is supported for safety steel cables. After crossing a forest of eucalyptus trees, visitors will find the archaeological remains of Q’ente, Pulpituyoc, Kusichaca and Patallaca. The walk lasts for several days and requires optimal physical condition. Tourists are advised to bring sleeping bags, large backpacks, pills against altitude sickness, utility knives, and of course, wear comfortable clothes and shoes.
The third and final option is the route by helicopter. The service is provided by a single company, which offers a daily flight from the Velasco Astete airport to the town of Aguas Calientes. The flight lasts about 25 minutes. Once in town, tourists can take the bus to Machu Picchu course, which takes half an hour to reach the Inca citadel. Undoubtedly, it is the fastest to reach Machu Picchu option, but also the most expensive.
The climate in Machu Picchu
The climate in the area is warm during the day and cool at night. The area usually has rainfall, especially between the months between November and March. In the period between April and October, the rains usually diminish considerably, so it is likely that this is the best time to visit the citadel. The temperature at this time of year presents an average of 13 ° C. On sunny days, the temperature can reach 20 ° C.
Because the city of Cuzco is more than 3,000 meters above sea level, it is common that most people suffer from altitude sickness, which is known as “soroche”. Altitude sickness causes dizziness, headache, nausea and fatigue. To prevent this, it is important to relax during the first day of stay, avoiding physical exertion and alcohol or cigarettes. You can also take pills or take a hot drink coca tea.
Transport in Cuzco
Transportation in Cuzco usually is cheap and is basically a sort of taxis and minivans popularly known as “combis”. Within the city, taxi transport has a value of between S / .2 (2 new soles) and S / .3 (3 new soles), depending on the time. Combi transportation has a value of S / 0.60 (60 cents or pennies).