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1. Posted by Estrella (Budding Member 4 posts) 11y

Hi!

My friend and I are going to Cusco in July. We are too late to do the Inca Trail to Machu Picchu, it is already booked until September. We will go by train and bus. Perurail told us to book the ticket some days in advance. Is it OK to buy the entrance for Machu Picchu when we arrive, or how does it work?

2. Posted by Travel100 (Travel Guru 1556 posts) 11y

I would suggest that you spend 1 night in the town at the base of Machu Picchu, Aqua Caliente. That way when all the people who came form Cusco on the lond day trip have to leave, you will alomost have the place to yourself. They have to leave early to catch the train, while you can stay up on Machu Picchu and take the last bus down. You can also then go up in the early morning for the sunrise (although it can be foggy then).

Don't really know about booking, but I would think you would be able to by the Machu Picchu ticket in Aqua Caliente. The train leaves Cusco very early. I would suggest the train, instead of the bus, it's a nice ride.

3. Posted by areinstein (Travel Guru 2788 posts) 11y

I agree with Travel100, I dont think you need the entrance ticket in advanced and I would definitely stay in Aguas Calientes for one night...try the thermal waters (hot springs) in the town. They are great!

4. Posted by Estrella (Budding Member 4 posts) 11y

Thank you. It is high season that's why I ask. We want to see everything in four weeks, so we don't have much time to loose. I think we will try to buy the tickets there. The hot springs sound great ;)

5. Posted by Travel100 (Travel Guru 1556 posts) 11y

Quoting Estrella

Thank you. It is high season that's why I ask. We want to see everything in four weeks, so we don't have much time to loose.

Where else in Peru are you planning to visit? Are you spending the full 4 weeks in Peru (or also somewhere else in South America)?

6. Posted by Estrella (Budding Member 4 posts) 11y

From Cusco we will go to Lake Titicaca and then to Bolivia, Iguazu and Rio de Janeiro.

7. Posted by dtz (First Time Poster 1 posts) 11y

Hello
I am planning to go to Peru in September ( I hope the weather will be still good ).I checked the 2 day Inca trail but the way the route was planned is kind of pointless-from Aqua caliente going to Machu Picchu and then go down with a bus and the next day going up to Macchu again and then taking the train to Cuzco and all this for the very "sweet" price of 260$.I was wondering is it possible to make the trail from Aqua Caliente to Machu Picchu without a quide.Are there any trail marks or maps and is it allowed at all to go without experienced proffesional?Thanks!

8. Posted by stephy (Full Member 51 posts) 11y

i really want to do it on my own. it should be only 1 to 3 hours from agua calientes to maccu piccu. Is this a totally wrong info???
it should be steep but ok...
i d love to go in the nite, 3 or so to arrive for the sun set...
it would be nice to hear some thoughts bout that or some recomment¬°dations....

ciao travel safe

!!!in 3 hours my bus leaves for 2 months travel, Argent, bolivia, peru!!!! jippie
gotta go, to organise my stuff

see u all somewhere on the way ;)

stephy

9. Posted by Travel100 (Travel Guru 1556 posts) 11y

Quoting Estrella

From Cusco we will go to Lake Titicaca and then to Bolivia, Iguazu and Rio de Janeiro.

Wow, sounds great!!!

10. Posted by Travel100 (Travel Guru 1556 posts) 11y

Quoting stephy

i really want to do it on my own. it should be only 1 to 3 hours from agua calientes to maccu piccu. Is this a totally wrong info???Stephy

Hi Stephy,

What do you mean do it on your own? From Agua Calientes you can take a bus to the base of Machu Picchu, that if a remember correctly, takes about 15 minutes (maybe less). I'm sure you could walk up in 1-3 hours, if that's what you mean? If you take the bus up, they simply drop you off and then you are on your own to wander all around Machu Picchu, you just need to leave when the area closes at night. Then take the bus down (or walk down I guess).