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I just returned from my Peru trip yesterday. I went as part of an organised tour and it included Machu Picchu (old mountain). Now is the best time to travel - the winter and crucially the dry season in that part of the world. Be aware that the numbers entering M-P each day are strictly limited and it's best to book an entrance ticket well in advance of travel. I was told similar restrictions are in place on train tickets available from the sacred valley to M-P. If you also want to hike up Wayna-Picchu (young mountain) directly from M-P you need to be on site early in the day and have booked a ticket. They restrict access to 200 W-P visitors a day. Unfortunately we did not have those tickets to W-P and couldn't make that hike although I would have loved to do so.
We had a great trip and also visited Lake Titicaca and La Paz in Bolivia while making side trips to other Inca and pre-Inca archaeological sites.
Thanks for the info. Seems an exciting and adventurous travel. I'm planning to go there next year. How much is the entrance ticket? Do you have photos of Lake Titicaca?
I just looked up the ticket prices. S/.126 (nuevo sol) per person (~$45). The train from Ollantaytambo to the base of Macchu Pichu was $69 each way. I'm not sure what the bus up to M-P cost.
Here's a picture from a cafe on Sun Island overlooking Titikaka (lake photos just don't do it justice)
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