Machu Picchu is perhaps one of the most historically important places in South America and has a rich history that will always be remembered.. Of course visiting is more than likely going to be a once in a lifetime trip, so you need to get it right. Here are some great tips for making your Machu Picchu tour as good as it should be.
Go at the right time of year
Beating the weather and the tourists can be one of the best ways to improve your trip to Machu Picchu. The dry season in this region of Peru runs from May to September. The best time to go is at the start or end of the dry season, to get a good balance between weather and the number of tourists. It is also important to note that the Inca Trail is closed during February each year, so that it can be repaired. So you should also factor this in.
Booking early is crucial, especially because the Peruvian government has actually placed a restriction on the number of people allowed to enter Machu Picchu each year. You should book early to avoid disappointment and to start your preparations for the trip.
Have a look around Cusco
No visit to Machu Picchu would be fully complete without first taking a few days in Cusco to first get used to the altitude and also to see the multitude of other Inca sites in the area. Altitude sickness can really plague even the fittest people, so it really is crucial to get yourself used to the high altitude of the Andes. It really is not advisable to start hiking the day you arrive, take it slow and easy and most of all have fun, because altitude sickness is anything but!
When hiking the Inca trail it can get really tough, especially with all the heavy bags that you may have with you. Porters are local people (Quechua people) that can help you to carry your baggage on the Inca trail. These people know so much about the area and speaking with them is the perfect way to enrich your experience. They will also usually have many stories about the area and people they have travelled with before.
Prepare for wet weather
We already talked about the right time of year to head to Machu Picchu, but it is important to know that even during the driest months there is bound to be some sort of rain, fog or dampness. This is especially the case when you are at such a high altitude, therefore it is a good idea to bring a pair of shoes with good grip and perhaps some sort of waterproof capability. Some waterproof clothing will also be a lifesaver at Machu Picchu, particularly if you are hiking the Inca Trail.