Last week I traveled to Aguas Calientes and went up to Machu Picchu three times while I was there. Mu intent was to do a bit of a simple guide about the citadel, but thanks to the rain I was limited in what I was able to film. This wasn’t the film I intended to make. That will have to wait for another time. But I think you will enjoy it just the same.
Still, the foggy, often misty weather made for some amazingly atmospheric scenery enhanced by the fact that there were very few people there both times.
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I made a 2:30 afternoon walk through the site followed by a 7:30 trip up the next morning. Both of these times are highly recommended for visitors. By late afternoon, all the day trippers will be far ahead of you by 2:30 and you’ll have plenty of time to walk through. By avoiding the first opening hour (6:00 am), you give the “sunrise” people time to climb up, wait to be disappointed by the relatively rare sunrise scene, and continue on their tours through Machu Picchu ahead of you.
I also strongly recommend going spending the night in Aguas Calientes and going twice if possible. You’ll see thing that you missed the first time and may be able to take a different route each time. (Keep in mind that certain important parts like the Intihuatana and the Temple of the Condor are open during specific hours and along specific routes that are not at all clear to casual visitors.) If you spend so much time, money, and effort to visit Machu Picchu, spending one night and a little extra money is a small price for such a once-in-a-lifetime experience. I promise that you won’t regret it.
The conditions were almost the same each time, though surprisingly the weather cleared and it became a beautiful day when I returned a short time later on the second day.
I also can’t help but strongly — and I mean very strongly — respect the rules of Machu Picchu and Peru by wearing a mask as required throughout the entire site. Taking your mask off is ONLY allowed on the upper sections and not allowed once you descend into the main site. I know you will see a lot of people without masks getting photos/selfies all over with the encouragement of their guides, but remember that this shows a strong disrespect for not only Machu Picchu but for Peru and Peruvians, too. (Guides are told the rules, but many also completely disregard them.)
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