Machu Piccu on my own ?
Replies: 12 - Last Post: May 23, 2012 1:49 AM Last Post By: IncaKola
May 20, 2012 10:54 PM
Machu Piccu on my own ?I will be in Cusco June 17 for 2 wks. I don't want to schedule a tour from Cusco but what i want to do is....on my own, catch a train from Cusco to Aguas Calientes. Visit the MP site that day in the afternoon. Stay the night in Aguas Calientes then catch the 1st AM bus to MP that following morning to visit the site MP again in the AM . I may then take the train that day to Ollantaytambo for a couple nights stay to explore the SV.
So my question is...can i do this on my own? and can i wait till i arrive in Cusco to make these arrangements? I really like being spontainious if possible. also do this around a sunday so i can catch the sunday market in Pisac.
concerns, ideas, questions, answers??
Thanks for any thoughts.
May 21, 2012 4:24 AM
May 21, 2012 5:40 AM
May 21, 2012 7:44 AM
3Easy to do everything on your own...but we got into Cusco on a Sunday and could not get a train ticket for the Backpacker train until Friday. Going to do it again in September and this time will get train tickets before we get there.
Pisac--we signed up for a tour shuttle in Cusco and did not have time to see the Inca walls above town. Our tour was too rushed--we should have asked prior to signing up about the scedule as others had plenty of time to see everything around Pisac. Found out later that a lot of people just take a taxi to Pisac from Cusco.
May 21, 2012 8:54 AM
4Go to Pisac by taxi early in the morning. Visit the market (not so exciting) and the ruins. At noon, head back to Cusco by taxi again and make sure to visit the sites along that road like Tambomachay, Puca Pucara, Quenqo, Saqsayhuaman. Just hop on hop off the taxis and sometimes it's just a walk from one to another.
It will be a busy day, but rewarding!
May 21, 2012 9:44 AM
5You could leave for Aguas Calientes on the day you visit the Sacred Valley. Visit Písac, Urubamba & Ollantaytambo during daytime and take a night train to Aguas Calientes.
The next morning you could leave with the first buses and stay all day at the ruins, taking a night train to Cusco. This way you wouldn't have to pay for the admission twice.
There are plenty of things to do and see to fill two weeks in Cusco, the longest time I stayed in Cusco was five weeks without being bored a single moment.
May 21, 2012 10:03 AM
May 21, 2012 1:16 PM
7Note that the trains to Aguas Calientes leave not from Cusco, but from Ollantaytambo. (Some trains start from another town, with a name starting with P.)
As #2 (fowler) mentioned, it may be best to get your Machu Picchu ticket in advance -- through the internet, if posible. If you do wait until you're there to buy the ticket, though, get it in
Cusco or in Aguas Calientes -- you can't buy your ticket at the Machu Picchu gate.
May 22, 2012 4:09 AM
8There are trains from Poroy (just outside cusco), urubamba and ollantaytambo.
You can get tickets at the official sellingpoints and through travelagents. They can buy cheaper tickets but add commission.
I would go one full day to MP. Arrive early, hike to the sungate and stay late till most people has gone.
May 22, 2012 7:33 AM
May 22, 2012 12:19 PM
10The SV boleto turistico general is valid for 10 days. You may be better off hiring a cab and hitting a few of the sites on the way to Ollanta, doing AC/MP, then visiting whatever remains on the way back to Cusco (presumably the Pisac part of the loop, lest you drag all of those newly purchased goodies around from base to base). It will save you a lot of time and energy because you can't (or shouldn't) see all of the SV sites in one day and there will be a lot of back and forth should you decide visit them all from one town, be it Ollanta or Cusco, with the 2-day boleto parcial.
Plus, the train from Ollanta to AC is cheaper, with a short 10 min walk to the station from town, so you can easily check daily for availability if you desire a bit of spontaneity. You need a cab from Cusco to the Poroy station, or pay a commission to a third party vendor, and then have to work your itinerary around the reservation.
May 23, 2012 1:40 AM
11Hi! Better to take a taxi from Cusco until Ollanta...then train to Machu Pichu. It is cheaper. It is very easy to go allone. i did the same. But my advice is to buy the train ticket online before you go there. if you check on net there is no availability for all the days. because the train is the only way to go there...apart the 4 days trekking sometimes the tickets are sold out months earlier.
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