Machu Picchu, part 2
05.08.2018 - 06.08.2018
Machu Picchu, part 2
It was a not-so-pleasant experience I had going to Machu Picchu last year after trekking with a group of 13 for a 5 days from ollantaytambo town. I managed to trek for a day, had a sleepless night sleeping in a tent shared with my traveling friend Joe from UK. I remember it was very cold and raining the whole night. The plan was to wake up at 6:00am to start the second day( the most difficult day of the 5 days) after breakfast at 7:00 am. I trekked until noon and gave up, told myself “I’m not here to kill myself...” and had to walk back and take the train from ollantaytambo to Aguascalientes( Machu Picchu) with my personal porter. I slept in Aguascalientes for 3 nights and met with the group in Machu Picchu on the 5th day. I swear I’ll never do multi-days trekking again. It was raining through most of the 5 days In Machu Picchu..
Fast forward a year later, I decided to visit Machu Picchu again with Aileen. The forecast was good until the day we did the trip. FYI, There’s 2 different tours per day you can chose to visit Machu Picchu. 1st tour starts from 7:00am to 12:00 pm and the second is from 12:00 pm to 5:30 pm. We decided to take the 2nd tour because we didn’t want to wake up at 4:00 am and start to be in line by 5:00 am to take the bus from Aguascalientes to Machu Picchu(20 minutes ride). There’s a quota of 2500 in the morning and 2500 in the afternoon. The most popular is the 1st tour(morning)and can easily get filled with tourists. It’s recommended to buy your entrance ticket online to MP ( ministerio de cultura, only Visa card accepted) as early as possible once you know the dates of travel.
Unfortunately for us, it rained the whole day in Machu Picchu. We were hoping it would stop in the afternoon, it did stopped for at least 20 minutes and cleared-up when we were on top of one important view points and that was it. The rain kept pouring on and off again. However, we were still able to get some good photos.
Lots of disappointments on faces of tourist who came from all parts of the world, and just to see clouds covering the ruins. Our guide told me it was worse in the morning because it barely clear-up at all.
It is possible to visit Machu Picchu from Cusco in a day. You don’t have to sleep in Aguascalientes. But you have to leave Cusco very early. We chose to sleep in Aguascalientes for a night to take it easy.
If your tour starts from Cusco, and if you want to shop, don’t shop in Aguascalientes(Machu Picchu). The prices I compared was 50% cheaper in Cusco.
It is also worth taking note that Agua Calientes restaurants will charge an additional (approx 18 %) table charge even for 2 people when you dine in a regular restaurant. I did complain about it and spoke to our Tour Guide about it telling him that I did not experience this last year in the same restaurant.. He said that it's the NORM lately.