And so, finally after what are about 10 years, I was back in Machu Picchu.
First of all, what you need to know is that you have to buy your entrance ticket in advance, even three months before, they run out pretty fast. I barely got my pack Huaynapicchu + MachuPicchu (132 soles, price for peruvians) , I heard some people separate them 6 months before even.
The thing about Huaynapicchu is that you can see the whole city from another angle, also it is the biggest mountain around. I took the first turn at 6am (although Huaynapicchu Mountain opens at 7am).
I arrived by train (Inca Rail $110 -I was supposed to take the train for locals S/10, but that run out as well-) to Aguas Calientes the day before and stayed at Ecopackers Hostels. This town is pretty small, nothing to do. There are no taxis, everywhere is walking distance.
The lady in reception told me I should start making the line for the bus to take you up to Machu Picchu entrance around 4am, the first bus leaves at 5:30am. I got there at 5am and the line was soooooooo long I thought I would be up there at 7am, but it gets by pretty fast, I must have waited half an hour. The ride takes 20 minutes and the ticket you should buy the day before, roundtrip. There’s another way you can go; by walking. But I thought people who walked got earlier, but no. the bridge that lets you in the trail to the main entrance opens at 5:30 as well. The advantage about walking is saving yourself a few dollars, there’s nothing else, the route is the same as the bus.
- Buy everything in advance, you can get your tickets here
- Bus tickets you can find them in aguas calientes until 9pm (cash only)
- Try to be in the first group, afterwards the sun burns as hell and the amount of people increases a looot.
- If you’re doing the hike, bring light clothes…it is gonna be cold but you won’t regret it later.
I entered 7:10 more or less, I was in a rush to get back -maybe that helped- it is not a long hike, it took me 40 minutes to reach the top, but there are lots of stairs, and that is all, stair after stair, I was the third to be there!!. I took a few photos and came down first.
The thing about traveling alone is the hard part of taking pictures of yourself, personally I hate asking people to take photos of me…specially ’cause I would like them to take a lot, but that wouldn’t be polite I guess. So this is what I got.
I didn’t have much time to wonder around Machu Picchu, I didn’t get a tour guide either (some people say it is mandatory but this isn’t true). I had only and hour to be running around the ruins but I just got directly to the top called “Guardian’s xxx” which is where you take the whole view of the place. Don’t forget to keep your entrance ticket, you’ll need it to go out and come back in.
I had already listen to the history when I came first time, this is why I didn’t regret not having much time, but you should. Incas were amazingly talented.
I left at 9:30, because my train left at 11am. The way back takes 1:30h to Ollantaytambo and there you have to take a colective car that gets you back to the main plaza of Cusco for 10 soles.