Machu Picchu is a bucket list item for many, and for good reason. But too many people just travel through the Sacred Valley to get to the famous Inca ruins. Those who take the time to stop are rewarded with some of Peru’s best sites and can minimize the effects of the region’s significant altitude while doing it. As you plan your post-pandemic trip to Peru, be sure to include a few days in the Sacred Valley.
Johanna Read, TravelEater.net
Getting to Machu Picchu
The 60-mile corridor between Cusco and Machu Picchu is called the Sacred Valley of the Incas. In order to get to Machu Picchu, you need to drive or take the train through it. The last town accessible by road from Cusco is called Ollantaytambo. Everyone going to Machu Picchu must take the train from there to Aguas Calientes—also called Machu Picchu Pueblo—the base town for Machu Picchu.
Most people who want to visit Machu Picchu fly into Cusco from the sea-level city of Lima. Many take a day or two in Cusco first to adjust to the altitude. This is a mistake.
Cusco is 11,150 feet above sea level, well within the altitude sickness zone: altitude sickness is possible above 8,000 feet…