Machu Picchu allows only 25oo visitors a day. I think this is a great idea, this is a pristine country, I would hate to see it ruined because of tourism. You see livestock grazing on the land as they should be.
Because of the ticket limit you need to buy your tickets early, they have a website Tickets for Machu Picchu where you can get them, here is a link to trip advisor that explains how to get them. It is NOT easy, it is about a 3/4 step process. Also there is a weight limit for the train and only backpacks and carry on luggage is allowed, that is way we did carry on’s this trip. It worked in other ways as well, but this was the impetus for our change. They do say the train station will let you stow extra luggage and if you are only going for the day and have a hotel room somewhere else, leave all the extras there.
Also, in order to get to there you have to take a train to Aguas Calientes, we used PeruRail, again this isn’t as easy as it sounds, there are 2 steps to actually buy the tickets then you have to BE IN Peru to pick them up 4 hours before your train leaves. You can buy one-way and round- trip, I recommend round-trip unless you don’t know when you are coming back. Remember you will see 3 different levels of trains and ONE of them I believe includes the ticket to Machu Picchu.
I really think if you leave from Cusco, you miss the Sacred Valley with its other wonders, so if you have time, check them out, you won’t be disappointed, a little tired and sore maybe 🙂
So just getting to Machu Picchu is in itself a quite difficult journey, but it is all worth it.
Here is a teaser for my next post….