Of course, the main reason we went to Peru was to visit Machu Picchu. The Incan Ruins is amazing and we had a great experience!

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Tips for Visiting/ Hiking Machu Picchu and Wayna Picchu:

1. Agus Calientes: Don’t bother spending any real time in Agus Calientes, which is the closest city to Machu Picchu. It’s not interesting and a complete tourist layover. We got in the night before and got up at 4am to head out to the bus stop.

2. Wayna Picchu: We got a tip from someone heading back from Machu Picchu to attempt Wayna Picchu. A mountain located across from Machu Picchu, Wayna Picchu is a 3 hour r/t hike that allows hikers to catch a scenic bird’s eye view of Machu Picchu. However, they only allow 400 people in per day. As soon as we got in to Machu Picchu, we  raced cross the ruins towards the line for the Wayna Picchu. There, we waited over an hour to get a ticket for either a 7am (200 pp) entry or an 11am (200pp) entry (the 11 o’clock people just return half an hour before).

3. Shape Up and Dress Properly: If you’re planning on hiking Wayna Picchu, it’d be a good idea to do a little bit of cardio and the stairclimber before your trip. Even the super buff people will be exhusted and gasping for air, but it’s much tougher for people who consider their exercise to be the number of steps it takes to the vending machine. Also, dress the part. You don’t need to go out and buy new hiking boots, but flip flops or shiny black soled leather shoes (both things I saw) is not going to cut it. It’s dangerous and slippery, especially if it is raining. Additionally, use a light day pack. or something that you can strap to your back. Larger baggage can be and must be left at their bag check for free, however, hold on to your valuables and use at your own risk. We left our stuff at our hotel.

4. Bring water and a snack: Trust me, after a steep 1 hour climb where it’s really questionably safe, you’re going to get to the top and wish you had a fat juicy burger. Okay, maybe not burger, but at least a clif bar and a bottle of water. The rules say that you can’t bring food in, but it’s not a rule that anyone follows. Just as long as you don’t liter everywhere, it’ll be fine. Trust me, you’ll need it.

5. Sunblock: Use it. Or suffer from weeks of heckling by your gf b/c of your farmer’s tan! Not that that happens in real life….

Information: Bus ticket from Agus Calientes (the base) to MP is  r/t $14usd and entry is 124 (approx) soles. For Peru, that’s not cheap!

Additional Resources and Reading:

Hisotric Sanctuary of Machu Picchu: UNESCO World Heritage Centre

Machu Picchu In Danger of Collapse- BBC

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