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Visiting Inca Citadel, Machu Picchu: An unforgettable experience

There is no doubt, Machu Picchu is one of my dream destinations! I had seen thousand photos of it and I thought “enough”, let’s go see it with my own eyes. So after Alex was convinced to travel to South America with me, then I packed my bag with a huge smile…

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Machu Picchu or aka Aguas Calientes means hot spring, is a 15th-century Inca citadel, was built in the classical Inca style with polished dry-stone walls, situated on a mountain ridge 2,430 m above sea level and located in the Cusco Region in Peru.

Machu Picchu was declared to be a UNESCO World Heritage Site in 1983 and was voted to be one of the New Seven Wonders of the World in a worldwide Internet poll in 2007.

Poroy, Cusco – Machu Picchu by Inca Rail

Alex and I travelled to Machu Picchu by train from Cusco. When I was trying to reserve a train ticket which departs from Poroy, Cusco to Machu Picchu, I was trying to reserve each route from Inca Rail and Peru Rail, just wished to experience both of them by ourselves. Unfortunately, Peru Rail was full in the day we needed it, according to train schedule to Machu Picchu mostly departing from Ollantaytambo (70 km northwest from Cusco) about 8 times a day, but from Poroy (20-minute taxi form Cusco) is only once a day. I was too late for Peru Rail, so I decided to take a round-trip tickets form Inca Rail instead.

It wasn’t a bad choice eventually, train is new, clean, serving cold and hot drinks with chocolate and cookies made from local fruits and herbs, views during the way were fascinated and comfortable enough for 3-hour ride.

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Cusco landscape..
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Plaza De Armas in Cusco

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Arriving in Machu Picchu Town

We arrived in Machu Picchu town about 10 am in the morning. Nice weather with blue sky and a lot warmer comparing with Cusco, Uyuni and Patagonia. Also, no more any sick feeling of high altitude, honestly, I love Machu Picchu so much!

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We stayed at Gringo Bill’s Hotel, almost right in the center but a bit isolate from busy area, good choice to get a good sleep and I love the breakfast a lot. Machu Picchu town is small and any hotel is easy access to bus and train station.

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Mariposario De Machu Picchu (Butterfly Garden)

As we decided to stay in Machu Picchu town for 3 days so we didn’t rush up to Machu Picchu in the same day we had arrived but visiting Butterfly Garden and chilling around instead.

The Mariposario is a fairly small operation and well managed. The staffs are friendly and provides an interesting information about the life cycles of the butterflies, how they live, how they reproduce and species. They also allowed us spending time by ourselves looking around the garden, searching for cocoons, caterpillars and butterflies, wasn’t many species when we were there but overall, it was very impressed. And of cause, it’s worth the 10 soles.

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Butterfly Cocoons, they are all alive and will turn to be an adult soon…

 

Visiting Citadel of Machu Picchu

And the day we had been waiting came… with a storm… It had been raining the entire night. We woke up around 5 am and finished the breakfast but no any signs that rain would stop. It kept us waiting until 8 am and still raining but wasn’t that heavy anymore. We went seeking for  some hope from a hotel receptionist and she was smiling followed by a magic answer,” It’s normal, you should leave now and don’t worry, everything will be ok“, surprise!

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We went up to MP by a Shuttle Bus, $24 USD round-trip still wasn’t a bad choice in a rainy day I think. The first shuttle bus departs at 5.30 am and the last bus at 3 pm, take about 20-30 minutes to MP. Thereafter, the shuttle buses to MP depart when they are full, which is about every 15-20 minutes. It would be longer to wait in the afternoon. The trip back to town is the same story, the last bus departs at 5.45 pm.

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The Machu Picchu was full covered by clouds when we arrived, as we couldn’t see much around…

Yeah, I was almost crying!

But then 30 minutes later, clouds were starting to fade away and Machu Picchu started appearing…

Yeah, I was almost crying again. It was breathtaking moment to see it slowly appearing in front of my own eyes, amazing and gorgeously beautiful!

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We had been spending almost all day admiring around the place, the citadel structure was amazing, also the flowers were blooming, the bees were buzzing, the bird were singing and many lovely Llamas were walking like a super model.

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Where to eat in Machu Picchu Town?

Yep, where to eat? There are plenty of restaurants in Machu Picchu Town and the price starts from 15-20 USD per person. I can’t exactly point out where you really need to go for it but in every restaurant I tried were very delicious. Sounds like I’m trying to hint that just pick any place when you’re hungry? Or am I too hungry every time I hunted for food? Here I got some photos of them and see how it looks! Should it be delicious like I said?

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Have you ever been to Machu Picchu? How did you purchase the ticket? Did you do it through the government website? If the answer is “yes”, then you know how I felt when I was trying to get it done… and yayyyyy we’ve done it! :D

7 comments on “Visiting Inca Citadel, Machu Picchu: An unforgettable experience

  1. Great post. Was it crowded? We have heard that the crowds are too much.

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    • Thanks :D We were there in May so it wasn’t crowded inside Machu Picchu, only the shuttle bus line area was a bit busy because it’s quite small area but it was flowing well so we didn’t wait too long! I heard that the most crowded is in July and August because the ticket always sell out!

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  2. Stunning photos!

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  3. SO beautiful, my goodness. Thank you for sharing. This made my day. Had to get the kids in to show them.

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