Here is how we did MP and recommend to others:

1. Spend the night in Santa Teresa (lots of hotel options) or camp out at Hydroelectrica (at this location). We just parked the car here for 1 day ourselves.

2. In the morning, do the walk along the train tracks to Aguas Caliente. Plan on 3 hours and consider starting by 8.30am at the latest.

3. In Aguas Caliente, get lunch and then take the bus up to Machu Pichu. If you didn’t buy the ticket to MP before, you can buy it here. Half day ticket is $47 USD and same day is OK. Bus is $12 USD one way and takes 30 minutes.

4. Enjoy Machu Pichu from around noon to 5.30pm on a half day ticket. For us, it was enough — although you may decide to get another ticket for the next day.

5. Walk down the path from Machu Pichu towards Aguas Caliente (plan on 1 hour) and then follow the train back to Hidroelectrica (plan on 2.5 hours). Bring a headlight as it is pretty dark at that time.

6. Pick up your car at Hidroelectrica (or camp out there for the night).

Key tips:

- there are lots of places to get food and drinks along the train tracks on the way to MP, but most close on the way back
- our cost was about $60 pp for admission ticket and the bus up combined. It was well worth it at this price point.
- you can plan to stay an extra night in Aguas Caliente or Santa Teresa. Both have a ton of hotel options.


Place: Parking at Hydroelectrica

Visited: June 1st, 2018

Location: -13.173983, -72.565067