From Cusco we did a two day tour to Machu Picchu, or “Mapi” as the Peruvians like to call it. The first day we drove by bus to a town called Hydroelectrica. This is where the road stops. From there you can hike along the train track to Aguas Calientes (or take a quite expensive train) which takes about 2,5 hours. Here we stayed overnight at a nice hostel called Salkantay Inn. Early in the morning (3.45 a.m.) we walked from the hostel to Ponta Inca; the starting point for the hiking trail up to Machu Picchu. We waited here until 5 when they opened the gate. After that it’s 45 minutes of climbing a lot of stairs, trying to beat the buses that start driving up at 5.30 and arrive within 15 minutes. We walked quite fast and were one of the first to arrive at the gate of Machu Picchu. Here you wait until 6 and then you can enter and enjoy all the stunning views. We hiked all the way up till the ‘Sungate’ and afterwards we strolled around in the old city of Machu Picchu. After a few hours we walked down (again a lot of steps..) and we hiked back to Hydroelectrica from where we took the bus back to Cusco.
See below the video of our visit to this magical place.