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Machu Picchu is the most popular of all the Peru attractions. If you're planning on hiking along the Inca Trail to Machu Picchu, make sure that you have at least a medium level of fitness. If you are going to do the trek, this can easily be acheived in 2 days. If you are staying in the nearby town of Agua Caliente after your trek don't be tempted by the sound of the hot springs, as some find them overrated.
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URGENT: in less then 2 weeks me and my girlfriend are heading for the Machu Picchu but havent booked in advance. We want to do the 3- or 5-day original inca trail but many people say that you have to book it months in advance.. Does anyone know how busy it is around this time, or the best way to book this trip?!? Really hope we can still book it :S
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If you take the train in, stay in the town of Aguas Calientes the night before you plan to go to Machu Picchu. By staying in the town, you can get to the entrance first and snap some photos of the site without other tourists in your photos!
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Without climbing onto Wayna Picchu... it is not the same! It’s the big mountain behind the Machu Picchu complex that gives the character to the whole archaeological site. Although the access is a little bit difficult, the view that you have from the top of the mountain is incredible and it’s worth the effort to climb it. It is a place that you won’t want to miss and will make an unforgettable memory of the citadel for you. After entering  the Machu Pichu Citadel you will have to climb for a very narrow and steep path, it will take you 60 minutes to 1 ½ hour to complete it and you will arrive to a place where you will see and amazing landscape of Machu Picchu. You have to enter the Wayna Picchu before 2 pm, and leave it before 4 pm.
Only 300 people per day are allowed to climb on it. So if for example at 10 am 300 people went trough they close the entry!
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The train is inoperable right not between Cusco and Piscacucho due to the flooding from two months ago.  Be sure to purchase your train ticket from Perurails for transit into Machu Picchu well ahead of your time of arrival in Cusco to insure your passage to Machu Picchu.
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