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1. Posted by eddied11 (Budding Member 15 posts) 32w

Hello,
I will be backpacking Bolivia and Peru from May. I want to go to Machu Picchu, but most of the tours and trains etc are out of my price range. I have been reading online about getting a taxi from Ollantaytambo to the 82KM mark on the railway tracks and then walking along the railway tracks from the 82 KM to Aguas Calientes. Most of the information about doing this seems to be several years old though, and I can't find anything more up to date. Is it still possible to do this, and if so could you give me any advice about doing it?

Thanks,

Eddie.

2. Posted by Mattfozz27 (Budding Member 49 posts) 32w

what is your price range as i found a couple of good jungle trek ones when i did some research for when i go next year

http://www.lokihostel.com/en/travel/tour/inka-jungle-trek-machu-picchu

http://www.lorenzoexpeditions.com/inca-jungle-trail/inka-jungle-trail-4d3n.html

3. Posted by eddied11 (Budding Member 15 posts) 32w

The price for these ones doesn't seem too bad, but they don't really contain much that I can't do on my own for a fraction of the price. Besides, don't these fill up pretty far in advance? Won't know my exact budget until a bit closer to the time.

Thanks.

4. Posted by Megan_3 (Budding Member 64 posts) 32w

I did the Jungle Trek last year and its really good fun. I booked mine in advance but you really don't need to, I met people that booked theirs the day before.
You can definitely go to Ollyantaytambo and walk from there to Aguas Caliente. You can organise this when you get to Cusco and there's minibuses going there.
So unless you really want to do the classic inca trail you'll be fine waiting until you get there to organise everything :)

5. Posted by Borisborough (Respected Member 458 posts) 32w

As you describe, Eddie, it looks like you want to walk the "Classic Inca Trail" which is a four-day trek starting at post 82km through to Machu Picchu. There were so many people wanting to do this that the Peruvian Tourist Department decided to limit access and issue just 500 permits a day (including porters and guides who take half of these). It is possible to do it but you will need to book with a trekking company so that you get your permit - and the permits for this year are sold out until the middle of October. You can see the permit availability here. It is still possible to visit Machu Picchu without a trekking permit, but not walking this trail.

This independent site has a good listing of the possible treks along with summaries from various trekking companies - incidentally, the summary for the 4-day Inca Trail is from Peru Treks - the company we used a couple of years ago. Hopefully you can find something there which will suit you for your May trip.

Enjoy Peru & Bolivia! :)

6. Posted by travellerlover (Budding Member 2 posts) 24w

Quoting Borisborough

As you describe, Eddie, it looks like you want to walk the "Classic Inca Trail" which is a four-day trek starting at post 82km through to Machu Picchu. There were so many people wanting to do this that the Peruvian Tourist Department decided to limit access and issue just 500 permits a day (including porters and guides who take half of these). It is possible to do it but you will need to book with a trekking company so that you get your permit - and the permits for this year are sold out until the middle of October. You can see the permit availability here. It is still possible to visit Machu Picchu without a trekking permit, but not walking this trail.

This independent site has a good listing of the possible treks along with summaries from various trekking companies - incidentally, the summary for the 4-day Inca Trail is from Peru Treks - the company we used a couple of years ago. Hopefully you can find something there which will suit you for your May trip.

Enjoy Peru & Bolivia! :)

Thanks for your comments, but the site that you describe are not indepentedent the owner is a travel agency the name peru treks , please you have to be honest

7. Posted by Borisborough (Respected Member 458 posts) 24w

Quoting travellerlover

Thanks for your comments, but the site that you describe are not indepentedent the owner is a travel agency the name peru treks , please you have to be honest

Please look again travellerlover. The site is an independent site designed to help potential trekkers to decide which trek is right for them. The site uses descriptions of treks from a number of companies to illustrate the variety of treks and day-trips which are available. Which is exactly what I said in my description of the site seven weeks ago if you care to read my post again. The OPer was looking at a trip in May - we're now in the middle of June! "please you have to be honest" - exactly!

8. Posted by Butterfly90 (First Time Poster 1 posts) 16w

Hi guys I'm trying to get to Machu Pichu, probably next month if I get funding. Any suggestions how to do it...
:):(;)

9. Posted by Borisborough (Respected Member 458 posts) 16w

Quoting Butterfly90

Hi guys I'm trying to get to Machu Pichu, probably next month if I get funding. Any suggestions how to do it...
:):(;)

It's too late for you to get a permit to walk the four-day Inca Trail. You just need to get yourself to Aguas Calientes and then to the ticket office at Machu Picchu to buy an admission ticket. Or you could get to Cusco and see a tour agent and get yourself on a tour from Cusco to Machu Picchu.

10. Posted by hummingbird500 (Budding Member 10 posts) 16w

Hello all-

I've always wanted to travel to Machu Picchu but am unsure how to get started. Any tips or suggestions?
... feeling miserable in my country and want to get out as soon as possible!

[ Edit: Edited on 13-Aug-2016, at 13:37 by hummingbird500 ]