Machu Picchu with a low budget-Last part

Day 4

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Hola, Hola.

The day before we took the train back to Cusco. The trainride was pretty cool, we got food & drinks and there was also a typical Peruvian dancer and a fashionshow. Being back in Cusco we headed to Loki Hostel, were we actually had our first reservation. We got a room with 6 other people and paid around 8 US$.

The next day [day 4] was our last day in Peru, as our flight was scheduled at 8 p.m.We decided to head to the central market San Pedro, where all kinds of food are sold. There are also flowers and typical Peruvian artesany.

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We walked around and decided to have a freshly made juice. They tasted amazing and costed around 2 US$. We even got a refill.

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After that we headed to markets that were specialized with Peruvian artesany [ we still needed to buy some presents haha]. I loved all the things they had and they weren’t very expensive. But always remember to bargain.

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We went back to the hostel and had lunch there. I ordered a Loki Club Sandwich, which I really loved [and it was very affordable].

After lunch we only had a few hours left. So we decided that we wanted to see the city from above. The receptionist  recommended us to walk to Cristo Blanco. It took around 40 minutes and it was a nice view. [ You don’t have to pay anything to get there].

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After that we went back to the hostel to grab our stuff and to go to the airport. We decided to walk down a street and to take a taxi from there. It was way cheaper than we just arrived. It costed around 4 US$.

When boarding the plane I was really exhausted but so happy to have made this trip. It was really beautiful and I really recommend to see Machu Picchu. It’s a one in a lifetime experience.

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Machu Picchu with a low budget-Part 3

Day 3

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Hola.

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?].

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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.

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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 ;).

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The llamas are too cute and there are a lot in Machu Picchu! Just try to not get them angry, they spit.

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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.

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