Machu Picchu is considered one of the best destinations in Latin America. And fool who thinks that it is those places that just go once to meet and ready. Believe it: every trip to Machu Picchu, there will surely be new discoveries and even more charm.
If you are still not convinced of the plethora of attractions that the lost city of the Incas has to offer, check out this post we have prepared and see 5 reasons to backpack :
1. Each season of the year, a new city
It is difficult to define the best season because there are many variables that can influence according to the profile of the traveler. But, every season of the year, the impression is that the city has a new face.
From November to March
Although it is summer in the southern hemisphere, rain is constant in the region of Machu Picchu. But it’s not something that would disrupt the walk: with a raincoat or jacket and waterproof shoes, you are prepared to face the water.
The rainy weather creates haze, which gives an air of mystery to the landscapes of the ruins. In addition, the period is low season. So, it is ideal for those who prefer to make the trails with more peace and still save on the tours, which are cheaper.
It is necessary to be attentive, because in February the Inca Trail closes for maintenance, but there are alternatives to do the tour.
March and May
It’s already mid season, but prices are still below normal. There is little rain and the city is not usually so crowded. It’s a great time to take this trip.
June and August
It’s the high season. Those who choose the period have to prepare to spend more money and face the busy attractions – Machu Picchu usually receives at least 3,000 people a day in those months.
It is advisable to guarantee entry to the Inca Trail at this time up to 6 months in advance. The advantage of this season is that the weather will be dry, with sunny days, but the nights are usually quite cold.
September to October
The movement falls again to the rhythm of half season. The climate varies, with times of drought and rain, and prices remain medium.
2. Impressive Landscapes
With so much beauty present in Machu Picchu, it is no wonder that the ancient Andean city of Peru is one of the seven wonders of the world. The architectural creations impress anyone, especially when the eyes are in front of the genius of the Inca creations.
It is difficult to imagine how man was able to build all those monuments in a mountainous region, difficult to reach, on the banks of an abyss.
It is impossible not to question how the giant stone blocks were transported to the top of the mountain to form the temples there. But the atmosphere of the place is exactly like that, with a lot of history, spirituality and covered with mysteries.
Among the many ruins, temples and magnificent architectures to admire, the main attractions of the region are the Inca Trail, Temple of the Sun, Huayna Picchu, Temple of the Condor and Temple of the Moon.
The Inca Trail is the most popular route that visitors take to get to the mountains. The eyes of those who walk there cling to the natural panorama of snow-capped mountains, incredibly preserved ruins and the fusion of heaven and earth between the forest that surrounds the region.
The temples of the Sun, the Condor and the La Luna always surprise by the symbolisms and, mainly, by the architectural beauties.
Huayna Picchu is the famous mountain that overlooks Machu Picchu. Besides the incredible sight, its top counts with ruins that impress as much as all the surrounding landscape.
3. Gastronomy not to be missed
The lost city of the Incas is at 2,430 meters of altitude. This can generate vertigo or a hunger ravenous to those who cross the tracks. Then, when the desire to eat appears, be calm, because the Peruvian cuisine will not let anyone in the hand.
The typical dishes of the country are: ceviche, composed of raw fish, or shrimp, marinated with lemon juice; corn soup: a la criolla soup, made with meat, milk, onion, garlic, pepper, bread and oregano; rocoto (stuffed pepper); Alpaca on the grill (of the family of llamas); cuy to the oven (a kind of preá); kapche cheese – cream cheese; chicharrón with mote (torresmo); and the maize – tamal and humitae recipes.
For drinking, you can not fail to taste Pisco Sour, a very typical Peruvian drink that is a kind of liqueur with lemon, grape, egg white and cinnamon. If you prefer something without alcohol, know chicha morada – a drink with purple corn – and Inka Cola, the most popular Peruvian soda.
For the Bohemians, the beer choices are very good, cheap and quality. The most requested are Cusqueña, Cristal and Arequipeña.
For those who do not dispense a dessert, the options are delicious: bolo con sorvete, sigh of Lima and white delicacy.
You also should not miss the opportunity to taste the local fruits. It has chirimoya (a kind of creamy apple), lucuma (similar to walnut) and tuna (the fleshy part of a type of cactus).
4. Handicrafts on all sides
One of the riches of the country that conquers the tourist is the handicraft. In all corners you can find ponchos, embroidered fabrics, accessories, bags and souvenirs with colors and striking features of the country.
The strength of handicrafts in Peru is due to the fact that this is the source of income of many natives.
5. Economic transport options
To get to Machu Picchu, you can go by bus or train. From hour to hour, buses leave Águas Calientes to the lost city of the Incas. The value is on average USD $ 12 and the trip takes about 30 minutes.
For those who are willing to spend more, the indicated is to board the train, to enjoy the beautiful scenery through the side windows and the ceiling.