Tag: Machu Picchu

12 March 2021
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Everything you need to know before you trek Machu Picchu

It’s one of the wonders of the world that’s on everyone’s bucket list. But if you’re thinking about going to trek Machu Picchu, you’ve probably got a lot of questions. Here at Earth’s Edge, we’ve been running expeditions to Machu Picchu for years, and we know it inside out. So we’ve put together this blog post to help answer all the questions you might have…

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Is it safe to trek to Machu Picchu?

Generally speaking, it is very safe to trek to Machu Picchu. That said, there are some precautions you can take to ensure the safest possible visit (which, in fact, is true of wherever you go in the world). If you’re concerned about altitude sickness, hiking injuries or conditions on the trail, read on for some of the answers to your questions…

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The ultimate Machu Picchu packing list

So, you’re all signed up and ready to head to Machu Picchu! Our expedition is an absolute beauty – you’ll see parts of the Peruvian Andes that other treks don’t even come close to. But if you’re spending your days trekking, and your nights by the campfire, you’re probably wondering what on earth you’ll need to pack. To give you a hand, here’s our ultimate Machu Picchu packing list, so you’ll know exactly what you need to bring…

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How to cope with altitude on Machu Picchu

Oddly enough, the trek to Machu Picchu is one of the few expeditions that starts at a higher altitude than the one where it ends! Cusco, the city where we begin our expedition, is at an altitude of 3,400m. Machu Picchu is 2,430m. And on our particular expedition, we travel through points that are even higher. The highest point on our journey is the stunning Yanama Pass (4,668m). So even though we’re not gradually reaching higher ground each day, you will have to acclimatise to differing altitudes on Machu Picchu. Here are our tips to help you cope…

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Top 10 tips for Machu Picchu

What’s the most important thing to know when planning our trek through the ancient Andes? We’ve compiled a list of our ten top tips for Machu Picchu so you can fully enjoy your experience. Each year, hundreds of thousands of people flock to Peru to visit the spectacular ancient Incan city of Machu Picchu. For Earth’s Edge trekkers, the visit to Machu Picchu consists of nine tough days of hiking. We visit the ancient city of Choquequirao and then on to Machu Picchu, which makes the first sighting of the ruins even more special.

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How much it costs to trek to Machu Picchu

While we’ve been confined to our own neighbourhoods for the guts of a year, plenty of us have been dreaming about epic future trips. And Machu Picchu is one of the best in the world. Now that the site is reopen after lockdown (and more alluring than ever) the time to start dreaming is now. If this trip is on your bucket list, you’re probably wondering how much it costs to trek to Machu Picchu. From entrance fees to bus tickets, here’s everything you need to know…

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Is Machu Picchu open after covid?

As the coronavirus rampaged around the world, one site after another was closed to visitors. One of the world’s most beloved historical sites, Machu Picchu, was closed for nearly 8 months. But last November, Machu Picchu opened after covid had forced its closure. Once again, one of the most sacred spots was open for visitors to trek to and explore. If you’re starting to think of future adventures and know that Machu Picchu is on your bucket list, here’s everything you need to know about visiting Machu Picchu post-lockdown.

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How it feels to trek to Machu Picchu at 52 years old

t’s easy to come up with a reason not to do something. We can all think of excuses not to go for a walk, or do some yoga, or climb a mountain. But once you’ve read Marian Timmons’ story, you’ll realise there’s nothing holding you back. Marian first found adventure at the age of 52. A stressful job and busy family saw Marian tip the scales at 20 stone. She knew she had to make some serious changes, so she signed up to go to Peru and started training. 9 months later, and 5 stone lighter, she fulfilled a lifelong dream to trek to Machu Picchu.

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How long does it take to trek to Machu Picchu?

It’s one of the most incredible sights in the world, and on the bucket list of many travellers. And the ancient site of Machu Picchu doesn’t disappoint. But if you’ve flown halfway around the world, you want to choose the best way to approach it. While you can take a train from Cusco, the best way to see Machu Picchu is on foot. But how long does it take to trek to Machu Picchu? Here’s all you need to know…

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