Machu Picchu is Amazing – Believe the Hype

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Good day from Cusco,

Yesterday I had the distinct pleasure of making my way to Machu Picchu, Peru and all I can say is that you should believe the hype. This place is amazing and all those photos or videos you’ve seen can only give you at most one tenth of an idea of what it’s actually like. To say stunning, breathtaking, glorious, phenomenal, amazing, awesome, out of this world all don’t do it justice. It is what it is and it’s …

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First off, don’t go with some tour if you have time. I’m off to Australia on a golf trip in a few days and was really lazy about any planning so I just paid for day trip which was a LONG LONG LONG day. I want you to take the bus or train there yourself, spend a night in Machu Picchu village and hit it up the next day. Experience something that is simply awesome aka awe inspiring and take your time. When you’re done go back to your room, have a shower and drink a few pints while enjoying a meal in the village; leave the next day.

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If you love it, stay longer as the entrance fee is only $45 a day for us adults and it’s huge.

If you want to go to Wayana Picchu which is cool you’ll need to book at least 4-5 days in advance as only 400 people are allowed a day. Wait, this is low season aka rainy season in high season maybe weeks in advance. If you want to climb Mt. Machu Picchu get your pass ahead of time for next to nothing, if not it’s $50 on site. If you’re not part of the hiking boots, cross fit and quick-dry crew take the bus up and if you’re feeling crazy hike down as I assure you the main event will tire you out.

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Some cool things to see are the Inca Bridge and the Gateway of the Sun which are both free and require zero planning hence open to yours truly. Gateway of the sun is about an hour hike form the main site and I think it’s even higher than Wayna. You’re so far and high that Machu Picchu looks tiny and gives you an incredible view of the surrounding area – go do it!! Also, if you still have legs hike down aka take a bus up like a chairlift and hike down like you’re downhill skiing, sorta.

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If you’re tired though, don’t hike down as it’s rigorous ans steep. Also, the walk back to the village will test you. My legs felt like jello at the end; can’t imagine hiking up, checking out the main event then hiking down… Props to all those that have, you guys are tough. Ok, I’ve said enough and these pictures tell the story but I only took a few as I have a GoPro video coming soon(ish)…

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What a place!

Tips hat,

P.S: Truly an experience you’ll never forget.

P.P.S: Zig-zag on last photo is road up; the town is on other side of the river…

26 Comments

  1. Hogga

    January 14, 2014 at 12:03 pm

    i agree!!

  2. Robyn

    January 14, 2014 at 5:12 pm

    One day soon…

  3. Chelsea

    January 14, 2014 at 6:49 pm

    Wow, what a view!

  4. Thankful Trader

    January 15, 2014 at 8:48 am

    Awesome, Dubz!!! Thanks for the info and pics!

    • Rob

      January 16, 2014 at 6:10 am

      Pleasure, good sir!

  5. the welsh wizard

    January 15, 2014 at 3:15 pm

    However did they manage to build all that way up there?
    Amazing.

    • Rob

      January 15, 2014 at 5:49 pm

      Supposedly a quarry existed up there hence they built it. They still had to chisel a lot of stone. That said, no TV, internet or night clubs to distract them I guess and talk about a view!

  6. Collette

    January 15, 2014 at 5:59 pm

    It is amazing…great pics!

  7. Belzile

    January 21, 2014 at 5:51 pm

    We were thinking about Peru for this June. We have 4-6yo girls that did travel a lot already. Would you recommend with young kids?
    Thanks

    • Rob

      January 21, 2014 at 8:36 pm

      Sure, why not? I saw several young kids there and you know your kids best. Definitely take the bus up and down and spend a night in Machu Picchu village on the way in and out to break it up.

      They should be fine and will hopefully love it!

  8. Jennifer Kelleher

    January 29, 2014 at 6:00 am

    Oneday I will be here. Thank you for your insight.

    • Rob

      January 29, 2014 at 4:42 pm

      Video coming soon! 🙂

  9. Sofie

    February 4, 2014 at 2:14 am

    Crazy photos!!!!
    I so need to go there

  10. Drew Goldberg

    February 12, 2014 at 12:36 am

    Wow, your pics are unreal!! Keep killin it man!

    Cheers and happy travels 🙂

    • Rob

      February 17, 2014 at 5:55 am

      Thanks!

  11. Ishay

    February 12, 2014 at 5:41 am

    Hey Rob, just catching up on this post. Saw the tweets while back. This is as impressive as they say, eh. To clarify, you had time to do a day in MP? I’m assuming the 4 day hike is pretty rustic (you know I’m not a backpacker). Will shoot you some qs on FB, if okay. P.s looking awesome.

    • Rob

      February 17, 2014 at 5:55 am

      Definitely time but do stay for a night in the town and visit the hotsprings, would have been so nice after a long long day!

  12. Victoria Ellen Lee

    June 3, 2014 at 7:48 am

    Wayana Picchu was the best part of it for me. Such incredible views from the top. I went four years ago and need to go back soon – the memories are starting to feel like dreams!

    Victoria Ellen Lee recently posted: How to survive The Full Moon Party: Koh Phangan, Thailand

  13. Olivier Bergeron

    July 29, 2014 at 5:16 am

    I like mood of your photography. I hope can travel soon to peru. Thanks for share your information.

    • Rob

      July 29, 2014 at 3:16 pm

      Thanks! I appreciate the feedback and hope you make it there, it’s a cool place to say the least.

  14. Escape Hunter

    July 31, 2014 at 2:55 am

    The “Old Peak” must be amazing. I’m still aching to get there some day.. haven’t decided yet – whether on the Inca Trail or by train to Aguas Calientes and from there all the way up…

    • Rob

      August 1, 2014 at 4:02 am

      Doesn’t matter how you do it, just make sure you do it. It’s one of those popular spots that is so for a reason. Good luck!

  15. Andrew Darwitan

    October 20, 2014 at 7:42 am

    Looks terrific! Envy you for the Machu Picchu adventure – maybe someday I’ll visit. Someday.

    • Rob

      October 20, 2014 at 11:52 pm

      It’s worth the trek if it appeals to you and Cusco is cool too.

  16. Megan

    June 14, 2016 at 7:37 am

    Absolutely believe in the hype! Machu Picchu is beautiful and by far one of my favorite places that I’ve visited.

  17. Kristen

    July 8, 2016 at 5:02 pm

    I’m going there next! Can’t wait.

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