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Machu Picchu
Washington
Day 14
10h 53m
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Travel Tips

Of course, traveling to the historic and beautiful regions of Lima, Cusco, and Machu Picchu will be a memorable journey. Below are some travel tips to make your trip hassle-free.

Best Time to Visit:
The best time to visit Lima is during summer which is from December to April.
For Cusco and Machu Picchu, plan your trip between May and September; these are the drier months and offer the clearest sights of the impressive Machu Picchu.

Route and Accessibility:
Fly into Lima, Peru's biggest hub, and from Lima there are many direct flights to Cusco. From Cusco, you can take the train to Aguas Calientes, the base of Machu Picchu, or embark on the Inca trail if you're a hiking enthusiast.

Altitude and Acclimatization:
The altitude in both Cusco and Machu Picchu can be an issue. Drink lots of water and try to avoid heavy meals. The locals recommend coca tea to help with the acclimatization.

Accommodation and Booking:
In Lima, Cusco and Aguas Calientes you will find a wide range of accommodations. It's highly recommended to book in advance if you're travelling during peak season.

Clothing and Essentials:
Pack layers as the weather can change drastically from day to night. Take a rain jacket, sunscreen, a brimmed hat for the sun, comfortable shoes, and hiking gear if you plan on trekking.Insect repellent is also recommended for Aguas Calientes and Machu Picchu.

Health and Safety:
Avoid drinking tap water, stick to bottled water. Carry basic medication including medicine for altitude sickness. It is recommended to be up to date with routine vaccinations before the trip.

Local Etiquette and Respect:
Peruvians are known for their hospitality. Respect their culture and traditions. When visiting sacred sites or ruins like Machu Picchu, follow the rules, don't litter, and behave responsibly. Ask before taking photos of people, especially in rural areas.