Finally the day arrived we were all waiting for: to see Machu Picchu. We woke up at 4 a.m. to see the sunrise at the top of Machu Picchu. So once you have your ticket for the entrance there is just one decision ahead of you till you see a true miracle, how to get to the top of the mountain? There are two options, either you hike the mountain up [it goes up very sharp and there are just stairs] or you take the bus up [one way ticket costs around 10 US$, that’s pretty expensive for a 20 minute ride]. We opted for the first option [actually I hate to walk but I did it either way 😉 ]. As we wanted to see the sunrise we woke up very early, but not too early because you have to cross a bridge that doesn’t open until 5 a.m. My advice is to get there around 4:30 a.m. because there is a big line and you waste a lot of time if you go just before 5 a.m.
Then the torture started. I really thought I wouldn’t make it, it was so exhausting and the stairs seemed endless. We took around 1.5 hours to the top [with a lot of breaks in between] and were pretty excited that we had walked up. A friend of mine was really fast, he took around 40 minutes. So it all depends on how fit you are and also on how used you are to the heights.
Once there we searched for a tour guide, which we found really quick. She was called Ciru Salas Soto and was really nice. She took the time to explain everything and answered all the questions we had. It costed around ~7 US$ per Person and we were a group of five people. So pretty good 🙂 [ you can get it cheaper if you are a bigger group].
The first time we looked over Machu Picchu it was just BREATHTAKING [literally, i was still exhausted from the hike]. The place is just magic and everywhere you look you are just fascinated. I was amazed of the scenery and all the mountains you see. The sunrise was beautiful [ even though we were just a little late haha] and we were so lucky because the day was amazing. Blue sky and sunshine [ what else can you ask for?].
After the tour we decided to just walk around the ruins and enjoy the view. You can also go to Huayna Picchu [which is very famous] but you have to buy your tickets about 4-6 months in advance[there is a daily limit of 200 persons to this mountain]. We didn’t have any tickets so we just saw it from a distance.
After 4 hours of walking around we were really getting tired and also it got really crowded. So my advice is to go very early because most of the tourist arrive later. We grabbed sth. to eat at the cafeteria in the entrance [ its sooo expensive, so remember to bring enough water and food with you –> if you are hiking up, bring at least 2 bottles of water with you if not more]. Two of my friends walked down to Aguas Calientes and they were pretty fast and they told me that it was nice. My friend and I took the bus down. So don’t worry you can buy a ticket at Machu Picchu, if you just want to go oneway with the bus. There are also toilets in Machu Picchu ;).
Being back in Aguas Calientes we all were really happy. This place has been in my bucket list forever and I was truly amazed and soooo happy to have been there. One really cool and last advice about this magic place: When you leave the entrance spot, just 5 meters before it there is a place where you can get your passport stamped #socool. You can actually stamp it yourself. If you don’t find it, just ask any tour guide they will lead you to the right way.