I have been called the most interesting man in the world a few times. I have been called the most cynical man in the world many times. With that, let me tell you why you should not visit Machu Picchu the way I did. I detailed the amount of time and money spent getting to Machu Picchu. From the entrance ticket, to the train ride, to the bus to the top, this was the most expensive photo opp of my life.
Taking man-made transport instead of the Inca Trail makes the destination not as impressive as it would have been had I hiked to the top. A reasonable way to visit Machu Picchu is to take the train part of the way and then hike the rest. This is a cheaper option and, more importantly, will make you appreciate how this ancient city was constructed all those years ago.
By contrast, the tour bus will make you resent tourists who parade around with their selfie sticks and pay no mind to other travelers looking to take in the moment. When I got to the top, I hastily took beautiful photos while trying to ward off the mob of people who could not wait their turn. The city has been around for hundreds of years, it’s not going anywhere. So please, let me take my photo in peace.
I’m sure I will have a more positive feeling about the experience after I look at my photos and internalize the awesome of this new wonder of the world. For now, all I can say is, “tourists, get out of my way.”
With that, I present to you these pictures. Please take note of my Alpaca/Adidas shirt.
- Bring bug spray because of mysterious bugs that leave bites that itch and last for weeks. These are not mosquitoes.
- If you do hike or buy souvenirs, you can check your bags at the entrance before going to the top.