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How much time to allocate for MP at the ruins

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How much time to allocate for MP at the ruins

We are staying at AC the earlier night and plan to head out to MP on the first bus (if we get lucky). We plan to climb the huayna picchu if we are in the first 200, and spend time at the ruins too.

How much time do you think we should keep to safely make our way back to the train? We are trying to fingure out the best time to hop on a train since I am booking it today/tomorrow. Would an 11 AM train back to Ollantaytambo be good?


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1. Re: How much time to allocate for MP at the ruins

You'll need at least a 3 or 4 o'clock train back. There are two 'climbs' for wayna picchu -the first 200 people can go at 7am and the next 200 people go at 10am. You've got to allow at least 2 hours to get up and down wayna pichu never mind the wandering round machu picchu. When the gates open for MP there is a mad rush right across for tickets for wayna picchu so don't hang around!

Take water bottles and a sandwich. The cafe up there is a total rip off!

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Why would you go all that way to spend only 4 hours at MP? I agree you should plan on the latest train possible.

We did the Inca trail and although we could have taken the train back that day we opted to stay overnight and return to MP the next day. We were so glad we got to spend more time at MP. MP is a magical place and you will be disappointed if is all you are planning is 4 hours.

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I guess this is just a personal opinion but nevertheless, I have never been able to understand why people travel all the way to Macchu Picchu and only spend a few hours there. To me, it's not just about 'seeing' it but feeling it and experiencing what it must have been like when it was inhabited and just marvelling at the whole concept. I am travelling there in Sept and we intend to arrive around 10.30 Day 1 then early Day 2 and leave in the arvo. Whatever you decide, Enjoy.

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