Potato hunting isn’t always the most fruitful activity that one can undertake in their lifetime. Perhaps thats what the local people of the Cusco region in 1911 thought in pity to themselves before directing Hiram Bingham to the mountain tops of the region to find Machu Picchu, now 1 of 7 of the new wonders of the world. Of course this makes the local and unnamed people of the region the real discovers of Machu Picchu. We could feel bad about this, but let a potato hunter have a little win every once in a while. Also Peru has 3000 of the worlds 5000 potato’s, which Bingham would know if he wasn’t so busy with ruins.
There are several ways to get there. You can be incredibly organised and book several months to a year, in advance to secure a spot on the original Inka trail. However, plenty of other options exist and can be booked at short notice. We chose the Inka jungle trail. Why? Because we got to ride bikes, water raft, go on 5 of the longest ziplines we have ever seen AND if we say it fast enough people will think we did the original Inka trail.
No matter what tour you take, you will probably end up in Aguas Calientes, Pueblo. A beautiful little base town full of hostels, restaurants, cafe’s, some bars and clubs as well as amazing local art. We didn’t know anything about it before we left so didn’t organise extra time there. So here we are letting you all know to book yourselves in for 2 nights in this town. We are still considering catching the train back just to spend more time there.
Machu Picchu itself is better than pictures and poorly edited videos (Coming soon) can make it look. Get there early enough and you can avoid 2500 other people that will arrive around 10 a.m. A guide is also a good idea, learning about who the Inka really were is a nice touch (Just a word for government or king). The name of the actual people was quechua who never really disappeared but just moved so the sneaky spaniards wouldn’t find Machu and destroy it.
We paid $140 US for 4 days & 3 nights. We slept in hostels all nights which was included, so was breakfast, lunch & dinner. Make sure you book this trek in Cusco as you get a better price and they leave pretty much every day!
Tomorrow at 3.30 am we are off to Rainbow mountain… More hiking yay!