Machu Picchu is a tourist spot that has become my dream list since I got to know the world of traveling. tours to machu picchu by “gagu” people
Even though it is located in Peru which is very far from Indonesia, it doesn’t make me afraid to go there.
One thing for sure is the ticket to get there which is definitely very expensive. So after 2 years of the pandemic and not going anywhere, it’s time to drain the contents of my savings, for the goals I’ve been dreaming of for a long time.
after being complicated and dizzy by thinking about a route for a vacation budget that doesn’t swell Thank God finally we did it
In this article, I will not tell the history of Machu Picchu and how it is in it, because I really don’t know much of its history and I just wandered around and stared for almost 3 hours there, plus I also didn’t rent a tour guide.
It takes an extra “struggle” to get to the Machu Picchu site. Don’t think that going to Machu Picchu is like going to the Eiffel Tower, which is straight out of the Metro station in Paris. You can see a long journey of flying tens of hours from Indonesia to Lima which is one of the doors. Peru’s main entrance still has a few more hours to go before we can finally set foot in Machu Picchu
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The shortest trip from Indonesia to Peru that I know of is by KLM Royal Dutch Airlines: from Jakarta to Kuala Lumpur (1.5 hours), transit 1.5 hours in KL, then fly 13 hours to Amsterdam, transit 6.5 hours in Amsterdam, then fly again for 12.5 hours to Lima. Total journey for 35 hours. Crazy, huh? But you can be creative yourself how you want to get to the Five.
Yesterday, I went to Lima with a ticket in line with redeeming Singapore airlines miles from Jakarta to LOS ANGELES, (75,000 miles + IDR 756,000) and my route is as follows:
- JKT SIN
- SIN NRT
- NRT LAX
- LAX SFO
- SFO JFK
- JFK GRU
- GRU GIG
- GIG SCL
- SCL LIM
- LIM CUS
Can you imagine how far and how far the trip will be this time, but for the sake of the budget, that’s fine, it’s really around the world, so usually I decide to stay a day or two in each city or country, I also often choose a night flight to those who fly long routes, save on accommodation
By the way, my last stop was Cusco, Cusco is located southeast of Lima, the capital of the Inca Empire.
This city is included in the UNESCO Heritage List and is the main choice of “rest place” for tourists who want to go to Machu Picchu.
From Lima to Cusco, you have 2 choices: take a plane or take a bus. If you choose to take the bus, make sure you have plenty of time in Peru as the journey time is 24 hours. Prices start from 65 USD
If your vacation time is limited like me or you don’t want to be tired and spend 24 hours on the road, a plane is the right choice.
Unlike the bus which takes 24 hours to travel, flying from Lima to Cusco only takes 1.5 hours. Unfortunately, the ticket price is not cheap when compared to domestic ticket prices in Indonesia.
There are several airlines serving domestic flights in Peru: LAN Peru (oneworld member), Avianca (Star Alliance member), Peruvian Airlines, Sky Airline, StarPeru, LATAM and LC Peru.
Well, yesterday I decided to go from LIMA to Cusco using Sky Airlines and return home using LATAM with 1 PNR code directly to GRU.
For tickets in line with Cusco from Lima, yesterday it started from 1 million, and even then it doesn’t include luggage.
Vomited all night in Cusco
Cusco is located at an altitude of 3,400 meters above sea level and due to the altitude there is less oxygen available. Therefore, tourists usually need to acclimatize/adapt first by staying for a few days in Cusco before continuing their journey.
This needs to be done to avoid altitude sickness or more severe AMS, aka acute mountain sickness, which can take various forms, ranging from headaches, confusion, vomiting, not feeling well, and so on.
Well, my luck, when I was in Cusco, I finally got to know this AMS guys, at first everything was fine from landing until checking into the room
After eating I decided to go to sleep, but for some reason I suddenly had shortness of breath, and not long after that was followed by vomiting that didn’t stop until morning, so I didn’t sleep all night and was already thinking like I was going to die.
So for you guys, before going to Cusco, it’s better to consult a doctor, guys, ask to be prescribed medicine and consumed before arriving at Cusco just to anticipate
To avoid AMS, there is an option other than adapting in Cusco for a few days, namely by going directly to Aguas Calientes upon arrival in Cusco and staying there overnight.
This is because the location of Aguas Calientes is under Cusco, which is 2,700 meters above sea level. So yesterday I took this method while on vacation.
CUSCO TO AGUAS CALIENTES
Aguas Calientes is a small town located near Machu Picchu. This city becomes the last “pit stop” before setting foot in Machu Picchu. There are two options to reach Aguas Calientes from Cusco, namely by minibus/taxi plus train or minibus plus hiking. Can you see which one is cheaper? Yep, minibus plus hiking.
But of course I choose the first option, train + minibus
There are two train companies that serve the Cusco – Aguas Calientes route, namely Inca Rail and PeruRail.
What is the difference? The main thing is that all Inca Rail trains start from Ollantaytambo, while some PeruRail trains reach Poroy station. Apart from that, said that he has ridden both, the PeruRail train is newer than the Inca Rail. The price itself is not much different, only PeruRail is generally a little more expensive. Yesterday, I chose PeruRail because the schedule matched what I wanted.
Yesterday, I took the train from Cusco to Aguas Calientes, if I’m not mistaken 90 USD round-trip because there was a special promo
My intention was to try Hiram Bingham, but the tickets costing USD 500 can be used to buy promo plane tickets to Europe
Tickets can be purchased directly on the PeruRail website, paying with a credit card. You need to note that even though we bought it online, and we already got the label, it turns out we still have to go to the counter for validation guys, chopsticks are really bad, because when we validated I thought we would be given a physical ticket, but it’s not
To validate the train ticket, you must show the reservation code, passport, and credit card used to pay. But don’t worry, you can use someone else’s credit card as long as you can show a photocopy of the credit card and a photocopy of the ID that has a credit card.
The train journey from Cusco to Aguas Calientes took about 4 hours, we arrived in Aguas Calientes at noon, but because my body was feeling lousy, we decided to take a full rest first and then go to Machu Picchu the next day.
While in Aguas Calientes, we stayed at the Inti punku hotel, really liked the hotel, it was close to the train station and most importantly there was an elevator, plus there were many choices of bfast and provided free tea and coca leaves as much as we like.
AGUAS CALIENTES TO MACHU PICCHU
It’s a really long journey this time, it’s already very tired, and even though we have arrived at Aguas Calientes, we still can’t reach Machu Picchu.
But don’t worry, if you’re here, it means you only have 30 minutes to go to Machu Piccu by bus. For those who want to save a budget and like nature, there is also a hiking option, it’s free, but I don’t want to
We chose to take the bus. It costs USD 12 one way and USD 24 for round trip. We bought the OTS ticket yesterday. So you can immediately print out a ticket with a barcode to be scanned by the officer. For those who buy online, it’s better to print it yourself, yesterday what was scanned from a cellphone took quite a while, for some reason, it seemed like it was hard to read.
As soon as I was finally able to sit down and the bus started moving, I was giddy the whole way. I still don’t think that I will visit one of the New Seven Wonders of the World: Machu Picchu, The Lost City of the Incas!
Finally sudah sampai di penghujung cerita untuk rangkaian trip kali ini, terimakasih yang sudah setia nyimak, semoga ada manfaatnya dan sampai jumpa dipetualangan berikutnya, semoga kita senatiasa diberi kesehatan dan dimampukan untuk menjelajah keindahan bumi yang tiada habisnya , love you all
Jika kalian mau dapet foto seperti yang di post card, ambil circuit 1 ya, akan ada 4 curcuit pilihan , tapi emang paling worth it ya curcuit 1 ini, meski dengan extra effort , tapi yakinlah kemarin kami pergi bareng oma oma aja dia sanggup kok – baca juga travel guide kami yang lain.