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Ephus

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Do it, you'll love it. It is truly an amazing place. I will tell you though


Machu Picchu is not that high in elevation as one might think (about 7900 IIRC). The real ball buster for altitude is Cusco where you fly in from Lima. Cusco is over 11K feet. Best to fly in, then immediate drive down to the Sacred Valley to acclimate. You'll actually feel great at Machu Picchu b/c it is so much lower. Certainly plenty of stone stairs, but can see quite a bit even if not in the best of condition. I will say, if you are able, try to get separate permit to go up Huayan Picchu or Machu Picchu Montana which are the neighboring peaks. They are ballbuster hikes, very steep, but amazing views of the whole complex from above. It truly is a bucket list worthy trip.

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Posted: 05/18/2021 at 4:28PM



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