Planning a trip to Machu Picchu, is all about preparation. From the very moment you decide to take on the challenge, there are many things to consider. Once it’s all booked, what’s next? Have no fear, we are here to give you some essential tips, to assure a safe and amazing journey to the Lost City of Inca.
New Ticketing System
For a while now, only a restricted amount of people have been allowed to enter the ruins every day. But now, since January 1st 2019, rules have slightly changed.
While daily visitor numbers remain limited, it is important to take the changes to the ticketing system into account. In essence, tickets are now only available for specific entrance times starting from 6am. Visitors are allowed in at the chosen time and, once admitted, they can only stay for four hours. Entry times and dates cannot be changed and re-entry is not allowed. Previously, visitors simply had to choose between either a morning or afternoon shift.
The new rules are in place not only continue regulating the number of visitors in Machu Picchu at any given time, but also aim to minimise waiting times. Overcrowding at public transport services should also benefit from these new rules.
When To Go
The best time to start your Machu Picchu adventure is between May and September, this is the dry season. Although, the weather can be unpredictable all year round- so be prepared for every season. If you have your heart set on trekking the world famous Inca trail, don’t forget this trek is closed the month of February for maintenance.
What To Expect
This is a fairly subjective question, and totally depends on the individual. Your own experience will depend on your health, level of fitness and reaction to the change in altitude. But don’t let any of this put you off! Doing some exercise to prepare for your trek, is the best thing for you. Especially activities like, walking up hills, or steep stairways to let your muscles get use to what you will be doing on the trek. But one thing is guaranteed, expect to be blown away by the entire experience.
What To Pack
The question on everybody’s lips- what should I be packing? The list seems endless, but you can’t go wrong with these essentials:
Mind Over Matter!
The trek to the Machu Picchu can be tough and exhausting, but a positive attitude will make all the difference. Nothing good comes easy, so remember through the struggles comes the satisfaction of reaching Machu Picchu, and the aches and pains will all be worthwhile! Be the cheerleader of your group, keeping everyone motivated and never forget, you will probably only make this journey once, so make it count!
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