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Old 10-01-2014, 10:51 AM
 
Location: Buenos Aires, Argentina
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HI So, im going to Machu Picchu in January with my boyfriend, we are doing the whole Inca Trail (3 nights in tents, 4 days hiking) and everything, i want to know experiences from people who have been there. How do u like it?
What places to visit do u recommend?


thanks in advance
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Old 10-03-2014, 08:09 AM
 
Location: Woodstock, GA
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You will love it! Be sure to take the time to explore the entire site. There's a lot to see, but still easily doable in a day. I did not have the pleasure of hiking in on the trail, but I did hike up to the pass (Intipunku) and the view was incredible. Your first glimpse of the site coming through that pass after three days of hiking will be glorious!

If you aren't afraid of heights you should try to get in to see Huayna Picchu, which is a mountain peak overlooking Macchu Picchu. It's a steep climb to get up there, and they only let 400 people per day up to the peak. I didn't attempt it because I'm not a big fan of dizzying vertical climbs. But it's something to consider.

The only town nearby is Aguas Calientes in the valley below the site. That's just a typical tourist town, and it is where you will catch the train back to civilization.

Be sure to have some authentic Peruvian food while you are in the country. And enjoy a Pisco Sour, too. If you are in Cusco, I can recommend Pachapapa. Just don't order cuy (unless you really know what it is).
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Old 10-03-2014, 08:25 AM
 
Location: Orlando
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Although it's been 30 years since I went to Macchu Picchu, but some things have not changed. For one, be sure to allow yourself enough time to get adjusted to the altitude. If you're coming from Buenos Aires, you may feel the effects of the altitude very strongly at first.

Second, while Macchu Picchu is amazing, don't overlook some of the nearby sights -- the Urubamba River valley, the town of Pisac, and the pre-Inca ruins at Sacsayhuaman.
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Old 10-06-2014, 08:55 AM
 
Location: NYC, CHI, UK
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I just got back last week. It was the most amazing trip. I didn't do the Inca Trail, so I can't comment on that, but as another poster mentioned, I would definitely advise you to get acclimated to the altitude as that can really affect you. I got hit hard once I got off the plane in Cusco. Thankfully, I prepared in advance, following all the recommendations to head to Sacred Valley immediately so my body could acclimate and then finish up in Cusco last.

I liked climbing Pinkuylluna in Ollantaytambo for great views of the town and the nearby Inca ruins. I loved the San Pedro market and also the San Blas neighborhood in Cusco.
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Old 10-06-2014, 02:55 PM
 
Location: Woodstock, GA
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Regarding altitude acclimation: when we arrived in Cusco, we were offered coca tea by the hotel staff, which is rumored to help prevent altitude sickness. I had some and my wife did not. I acclimated to the altitude with no problem, my wife had some significant adjustment issues. An anecdote is not data, so take it for what it's worth.
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Old 10-06-2014, 11:14 PM
 
Location: Tucson/Nogales
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Yes, coca tea can be of great help with the altitude. The altitude didn't bother me in Cuzco, didn't need it, nor in La Paz, Bolivia, but when I went to Potosi (14,000 feet) I needed it, I drank it, it worked wonders!

But each person is different!
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Old 10-10-2014, 05:16 AM
 
Location: in the miseries
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Don't forget your high altitude medicine. Or you'll be sorry.

Went to Macchu Pichu with 10 friends.

We were the only ones not sick.

I recommend the ride on the Orient Express.
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