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Guide to get to Machu Picchu low cost

Who has never dreamed about visiting Machu Picchu? It’s the most popular tourist destination in Peru, and the most desired in the world according to a list with 25 awards destinations in TripAdvisor’s Travellers’ Choice Awards 2016.
Machu Picchu is considered one of the 7 Wonders of the World according to the New Open World Corporation. For me, Machu Picchu was a dream since I saw the film the Motorcycle Diaries, about Che Guevara’s around Latin America.

I promise you that Machu Picchu does not disappoint.
There are different ways to visit Machu Picchu cheap.  Note that if you come from an area without altitude you will need a few days to get used to it, the altitude sickness it’s not a joke. You should drink lots of coca tea.

I recommend spending at least one week in Cusco to visit all it has to offer (there is life beyond Machu Picchu).
Before arriving, you should consider a few things:
Tips for Machu Picchu:
You must buy your ticket before you go, if you are a student the discount is worth it. Don’t forget to bring the passport for buying the ticket and for Machu Picchu. The positive thing is that you can put a stamp of Machu Picchu in your passport and make it even nicer.
There are several types of tickets, some combine access to the ruins with the museum site or the mountain Huayna Picchu. If you wanna climb Huayna Picchu you must book at least 2 months in advance, depending on the tourist season
Ho to get to Machu Picchu

How to go to Machu Picchu by train
If you have a low cost budget, I do not recommend it. There is $ 120 minimum. With that amount you can do so many things …
I leave the link if you want to look at it yet. http://www.perurail.com/

From Ollantaytambo there are buses cost about 3 soles I think, and then you  can walk along the train tracks until the km 110: it’s around 6 hours of walking, I think it’s one of the cheapest ways also on the way you can find several ruins that only those who walk the train tracks may find.

From Hidroeléctrica.

My choice: from Hidroelectrica
As for how to go to Machu Picchu cheap best in my experience it is to walk from Hidroelectrica. To get there you can take combie, or what I recommend is to hire a service for about 60 soles ($ 20) to take you and bring you. They are about 6 or 7 hours minivan ride with beautiful scenery.
After that you walk for a very easy and flat road for more than two hours to Aguascalientes. The views are beautiful.

If you are passionate about walking and have more time there are 3 options that you can consider:
Inca Trail Route
The Inca Trail, the most famous one. If you areplanning to go soon to Machu Picchu it might already be to late. It must be booked online with at least 3 months in advance because it is very limited. The price range is between $ 400 and 5000, depending in how luxurious you want your experience to be.

It takes 4 days and is supposed to be one of the most beautiful ways, which was followed the Incas themselves to reach this incredible city. The 4th day of the Inca Trail you get to Machu Picchu and enter through the “Puerta del Sol” at 5am or when it begins the sunrise: the sun rises and it goes through the Puerta del Sol and enlightens the old city of Machu Picchu in the distance, that is the end of the journey. The walks are not easy but anyone can do them, I saw elderly people and also people very out of shape and they could finish it, plus there are “porters” who are people who carry your luggage to camping areas for a small fee.

Salcantay 
The new trendy way. For only $ 200, it’s harder physically because you will be walking in more than 5000 meters. Thre is no need to reserve in advance and for some is even more gorgeus than the Inca trail
Inca Jungle
If walking is not your passion and prefer a route with different activities, this is yours. The price is $ 180 and includes different activities, bike, zipline …

 Once in Aguascalientes
If you want to eat cheap in Aguascalientes you can eat in the marketplace, it’s the cheapest place. the paradox that you can find hotels with supercheap private rooms (25 soles per person, without breakfast), but eating a pizza will cost the same as a night in a private room. Always bargain in the hostels, we got a discount because we negotiate the prize.

Machu Picchu

What to bring to Machu Picchu
Bring water (you cannot buy  anything inside the park) I also recommend that you bring your food and eat there. We left at 12 (arrived at 6am) because we were very hungry and we had run out snacks.
Bring sunscreen and a hat if you have
Remember that it is forbidden to access to large backpacks and walking sticks.
Do not forget to wear comfortable shoes.
Within the archaeological site can be visited in addition to the citadel, the sun gate (60 minutes walk), the Inca Bridge (20 minute walk) and the summit of the mountain Machu Picchu (90 minutes) for these walks not You book anything or pay anything necessary.
There are two options to climb to Machu Picchu:
Take the bus to go to Machu Picchu
The recommended option is to take the early bus to get to the ruins when buses full of tourists have not yet landed. The best is at 6am if possible. The bus is not cheap ($ 14 one way) but worth it if you want to be cool, you think you’re going to walk a lot there.
Up to Machu Picchu on foot
To climb the hill 1,500 meters approximately hour and a half is needed. I took the bus, I have commented that the views are not particularly spectacular. I did walk the fall and liked it, although a bit easier hard to my knees.
Final recommendations:
Sleep in Aguascalientes and go to the hot springs before or after Machu Picchu. It’s not expensive and it’s worth it to relax a little after so much walking.
Try to go very early to Machu Picchu and id several days, without rush to enjoy.
Hire a guide. It is not expensive and your visit will improve considerably, instead of seeing a set of pretty stones will understand many things about the Inca culture and your experience will be worthwhile.
I invite you to ask me any questions in the comments. I’d love to help you.

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