I was lucky enough to visit the World Heritage Site, Machu Picchu in Peru during the month of May and it was a great experience I visited during the dry season, which is the best and busiest time of year to visit the site.
The Machu Picchu site gets about 4,000 to 5,000 visitors a day in peak season – luckily the day we were there (coincidentally the day Peru was having it’s general election) there was a lot less people.
The typical post card image of Machu Picchu actually shows the mountain Wayna Picchu. You can climb up Wayna Pichu mountain which takes about an hour but there is a long waiting list that you must add your name to in advance of your trip if you would like to make the climb.
To get there I booked through a company called CTM Tours, which took care of my transport to and from Cusco City, accommodation in Aguas Calientes (the town at the base of Machu Picchu), and guided tour of the Machu Picchu site. The trip also included a day trip around the Sacred Valley to visit towns like Ollantaytambo and Pisac with lunch included in the town of Urubamba. The entire price of the 2 day trip was around $450
I arrived to the town of Aguas Calientes the night before my trip to Machu Picchu, by train and from there, the next morning, was transported to the Machu Picchu site. Once you get inside the site you have to climb a lot of steps to be able to see the typical postcard view of the Machu Picchu.
Many people take the Inca Trail to Machu Picchu. I had wanted to do this but tickets sell out about six months in advance and as I booked my trip quite late it wasn’t an option. The trail is basically a path through the Andes to Machu Picchu and can last anything from a few days to a few weeks depending where you start your trip.