Mystically True, Machu Picchu

Take a virtual tour.

Posing on top of the Lost City of the Incas con mis amigos.

Some extra helpful tips:

  • Bring a jacket as rainfall comes all year-round especially on the Sacred Valley.
  • Wear hiking shoes with good ankle support. Also bring extra socks. Your feet will get wet often.
  • Altitude sickness is common as you go up the mountains, locals will suggest taking Coca leaves to alleviate the dizziness (nasty taste, but hey, it works)
  • Learning some  Spanish language skills before you go is a great way to interact with the locals and other visitors on the trip as some do not speak English at all and you will most likely experience more than the usual tourist treatment from the community, such as trying the real local delicacy or even get lower prices for beer and lodging and souvenirs.
  • Don’t forget to have your passport stamped at the entrance. This is one of the very few places in the world that permits an official document to be branded with an archaeological site imprint.

About the Author

Andrei Oliver Parlade

Andrei Oliver Parlade

Born and raised in Manila, Andrei Oliver Parlade is a Filipino-American who never forgets his roots. He's a writer, explorer, history buff, linguist, freelance content contributor and producer, turtle-lover, proud pit bull daddy, a US Navy Veteran, and a lifelong learner. He has been to over 50 countries, and all 7 continents and continues to pursue infinite possibilities. Join him, and his arf-venture buddy, Seizo in their quest to see the sun, and moon; to chase the horizon and rest in cities, mountains, ice, and sand.