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Travel to Machu Picchu
Traveling to Machu Picchu - (updated 2009)
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Getting to Machu PicchuPeru Rail offers many options by train to Machu Picchu Pueblo (formerly called Aguas Calientes) departing from either Cusco or Ollantatambo. The Hiram Bingham is the most expensive where a meal is served, the Vistadome train has windows in the ceiling, the Backpacker train is less touristy with no snack included, and it is also possible to ride the local train but you must pay the "tourist" price. Prices vary depeding on the type of train and time chosen to travel but a good estimate is $40-60 US for the cheaper trains.
Here is a pretty good Sacred Valley Map of the area surrounding Cusco, showing Chinchero, Ollantaytambo and other cities.
Where to Stay In Machu Picchu Pueblo (Aguas Calientes)When planning your travel trip to Machu Picchu, consider our favorite place to stay: the Hotel Wiracocha Inn in Aguas Calientes. This is a simple hotel with all the necessities at a decent price. You can efficiently make all hotel arrangements by internet and pay on arrival. If it is your first time, head out of the train station and up hill (large view). Once you are through the market, keep going uphill along the river and the hotel will be on your left.
They are constantly expanding and updating the hotel. We prefer the rooms along the river with the great big windows and avocado tree outside. Bathrooms are fairly small, only cold water in the sink, but this was the best shower we had in Peru which is very important after a day of climbing! The rooms are very basic, especially clean, and have excellent lighting over the beds for reading.
When traveling in Peru, breakfasts vary. Here breakfast includes a roll, butter, jam, fruit, cheese, meat, juice, and tea or coffee. For dinner try pizza at Chez Maggy around the corner.
Alfredo, who was usually working the front desk, was always cheerful and helpful. Buy your water bottles here at the hotel for the best price. For those with late departures out of Machu Picchu, they have a safe secure place to hold bags and a bathroom to use if needed. The owner Gregorio ensures all questions are answered and will do anything he can to arrange a pleasant stay.
What to do when traveling to Machu Picchu
History & Facts - Prepare before you goMachu Picchu was discovered by Hiram Bingham a researcher from Yale. He eventually escavated the site along with a team that included naturalist Harry Ward Foote. In 2007, Machu Picchu became one of the 7 Wonders of the World and there a numerous other interesting facts to read before your Peru travel trip to Machu Picchu. If your passion includes gaining knowledge of the ruins or perhaps you would like to know more about the Inca Trail by reading experiences of others. by viewing Amazing photos from Tom Dempsey. People are even Running the Inca Trail these days.