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HELP! I Need Travel Advice for Machu Picchu!

Zach and I are trying to figure out a way to go to Peru in about a month, but we need help finding an affordable Machu Picchu option (because you can’t go to Peru without going to Machu Picchu).  We’ve found a lot of tours for 400 and up, and we were hoping to spend about 200 each on it.  Since I know there are a lot of travel experts on here I thought I would ask is anyone knows of a reliable and more affordable option?  Or hiking?  How much time do you suggest being there?  We’re also thinking about making our way to Lima- do you think it’s worth it?  What are your Peruvian travel tips?

Any advice anyone can give us would be amazing!  Thank you!

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    The Part-Time Traveller
    April 29, 2013 at 2:23 pm

    Do you want to do one of the trekking options to Machu Picchu, various routes for approx 4 days, or do you just want to visit the site for a day?

    If you want the trek you have to use one of the official authorised trekking companies (as far as I’m aware) so the cost is likely to be fairly standard between them all. My trip was two years ago (G Adventures) and was part of a bigger tour so difficult for me to be precise as to costs.

    If you want the day visit, it’s just a question of getting to Aquas Calientes (the town at the base of the mountain) and getting a tourist bus nice & early for when the site opens to the public. You could trek up the mountain if you fancy a bit of a challenge (couple of hours maybe?). Certainly a much cheaper option.

    My recommendation would be to do the full trek, just for the experience, though I’m surprised at the figures you’ve quoted. Seem high to me.

    Personally, I’d rather spend more time in Cusco than Lima and use it as a base to explore that region. Trouble is, Peru is quite a big place and there was plenty I never got to see, particularly in the North, so maybe some of your other readers can help.

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    ashleypaige4
    April 29, 2013 at 2:30 pm

    G Adventures is the one a few people have recommended and their 4 day Cuzco/Machu Picchu trip is $619 dollars… We just are on a bit of a budget and whether or not we’re able to take this trip is kind-of dependent on the prices.
    Thanks for the help, it’s much appreciated.

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    ariannaeliselevy
    April 29, 2013 at 11:24 pm

    I was in Peru for one month this past Summer. I was at Machu Picchu three different times. In Cusco there are a TON of travel agencies, and you can usually bargain for the price you want. Are you looking to hike the Inca Trail, or just spend one day at Machu Picchu? I used Dos manos travel agency to hike the Inca Trail, they were great.

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      ashleypaige4
      April 30, 2013 at 2:22 pm

      I wrote the name of that tour company down, thank you! We’re wanting to hike the Inca Trail, but it looks like this trip may be a bit much to plan in 23 days, I think this trip may be something that I have to put off for a bit. I’m glad you enjoyed Peru. What were some of your favorite must-see things?

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    Anonymous
    May 6, 2013 at 11:22 am

    Hi,

    I just ahd a quick look at the Inca Trail site and it looks like all permits are already sold out for June, July and August 2013 so you might have to consider getting the train to Aguas Calientes and doing a day trip. See here for how to get to Machu Picchu by train: http://bit.ly/11ClnWZ

    Only 200 people a day are allowed do the Inca Trail and as June – August is peak season it sell sout fast. To check availability for yourself visit; http://www.machupicchu.gob.pe/ Click on the queries button and then select inca trail (camino inca) and the dates you want to see availability.

    Hope this helps!

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      ashleypaige4
      May 6, 2013 at 12:54 pm

      This is a ton of help! Thank you so much! We were trying to go at the end of May and it was just too big of an undertaking for that short of time to plan, and we really wanted to hike it. I think we’re going to try to do it next year, but these sites are a ton of help! Thank you so much for reading and helping out!

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