November is not in the peak high season.
Normally many tourists go to the Sacred Valley on Tuesdays, Thursdays and Sundays.
Really this does not mean you will have less people visiting MP.
Your best bet is to stay a night in Aguas Calientes and go early in the morning to the ruins t avoid the crowds arriving on the trains.
I had read somewhere that fewer tourist visit MP on Sunday due to many going that day to Pisac. is that not the case?
I have already planned on staying in AC for two nights, one before we visit MP and one after so we have the entire day at AC. I imagine that I will want to sit and gaze in wonder at this amazing place!
Thanks so much!
I'd also reccommend staying at Machu Pichu until late afternoon.
We arrived via the Inca trail (pushing forward so that we arrived at about 4pm on day 3 rather than the morning of day 4). We have photos of Machu Pichu with no tourists at all.
Conversely, the next morning we caught the very first bus up prior to the trains arriving, and it was packed full of people. Obviously more tourists arrived as the trainloads arrived but we still found the morning very busy.
Deb, as I mentioned we do plan on being there in the afternoon, hence the reason we are staying two nights in A.C. We really like the idea of having fewer people at the site! :-) I am curious as to what time of the year you were there?
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