Great Resources for Planning My Trip – Machu Picchu

Written by Avid Traveller

Topics: Travel, Web Resources

We have all seen the iconic images since we were in school – Machu Picchu – the hidden city of the Inkas. It is an UNESCO World Heritage site, and host to millions of visitors each year. It stands over 7,900 feet above sea-level, in the middle of a tropical mountain forest, in an extraordinarily beautiful setting.

The amount of information on the web about MP is daunting and you can easily get overloaded. Below I have listed the resources I found most useful in my pre-trip planning phase. If you find others that you feel are indispensible, you may add them as a comment below.

First, The Only Peru Guide has a nice overview of the site including getting there, guides, buses, hotels, and more. I would definitely start here. Next up, fill in the gaps by reading Travel Codex 3-part series on Machu Picchu. If you want to read about another traveler’s 16-day Peru itinerary and some great tips about Peru and MP, check out The Reward Boss blog entry.

If you want to trek to Machu Picchu see my other post regarding some of the more popular tour companies operating out of Cusco. I chose to go with Pachamama on the 2-day trek but there is a trek to fit everyone. You can even find horseback riding and bountain biking nearby from some outfitters. If you would prefer the less strenuous route (or are not able to complete a high-altitude hike) you can always take the train with Peru Rail.

Indio Feliz is a French-Peruvia restaurant in Aguas Calientes (Machu Picchu’ snearest town) and it has other nice resources about the location including a budget planner.

There are many choices for accommodations in Aguas Calientes including Hostal Continental which has rooms starting at around $68, and there is Hostal Machu Picchu which has rooms in the $50-$75 range as well. My tour package includes a 1-night stay at the Andina.

Last but not least, here is nice blog entry from Roads & Kingdoms – 10 Things You Need to Know Before you go to Peru.


I used the following books as well:



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  1. Hello,
    Thanks for linking to my Peru trip review: – My focus was on using miles and points to have an amazing trip for a cheap as possible… and anyone can do it if you know which miles and points work best.

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