One of the things I really wanted to do on my trip to South America was to visit Machu Picchu, but everytime I talked about it there was someone telling me how expensive it was etc. As the weeks flew by in Brazil so did my money, and when it was time to leave Brazil I realized that my budget wouldn’t survive a expensive trip to Machu Pichu (in Peru). So I decided to go to Bolivia instead just because of that.
After some research on my 7 days boat trip on the amazon I realized that all those persons was wrong, very wrong. Some even claimed that you had to book a trek weeks/months in advance. Okay, that might be the case if you want to walk the original inca trail, but I really didn’t need that, I just wanted to visit the ruins, nothing more. During the high season you might want to keep an extra eye on their website since they only accept 2500 visitors/day. When I arrived to the last stop Aguas Calientes (the town bellow the Machu Picchu ruins) there was a few hundred tickets left on the same day.
In this post I thought I would give you some pics from the last part of this budget trip to Machu Picchu. As most other people I started in the beautiful tourist town of Cuzco. From there I bought a ticket (25 solves) to Quillabamba but didn’t go the entire way, instead I got of at Santa Maria, and from there I caught a local combi to Santa Teresa (you can go all the way to the hydroelectrical train station 8km from Santa Teresa), price around 15 solves all way. Either you’ve bought tickets in advance from the Hydroelectrical station to Aguas Calientes for 18 dollars one way or 30 dollars two way. Or you do as me and many others, walk the 13 km next to the railway in one of the most beautiful environments in the world, it only takes a few hours including a couple of stops.
It’s quite funny knowing that you literarily are walking those 13 km around the mountain which Machu Picchu lies on, and if you just lift your head a little you could see some of the ruins. In the picture above I only had a few kilometers left to Aguas Calientes.
Finally there I found a cheapest place so far during my 2 months for 20 solves/night, so your trip to Machu Picchu could be quite cheap. The most expensive thing is the entrance fee of 250 solves and all the souvenirs you want to buy..
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