Machu picchu tours
As with so many things related to tourism in Peru, visitors and travelers are often offered a "gringo price" or flat out different options than national Peruvian citizens. This is especially so in more visited destinations such as Machu Picchu. This is why booking Machu Picchu travel packages are frequently a good idea to consider, because you won't have to worry about watching your wallet every step of the way. But if you're wondering how to get to Machu Picchu for a cheaper price but still want the comforts of a tailored tour, consider the following detail changes that could make all the difference:1. Stay in the Sacred Valley rather than Aguas Calientes - The town of Aguas Calientes is situated just below the Inca citadel of Machu Picchu, making it the most accessible location to base yourself out of if the archeological site is your focus. However, a cheaper and arguably even more beautiful place to spend the night is the Sacred Valley of the Incas about 1 hour away. This area, tucked in between the magnificent Andes mountains that surround it, is a luscious region once treasured at the heart of the Inca Empire. Better yet, prices for accommodations and food here are much lower than those in Aguas Calientes so you can save you soles for another day.2. Walk up to Machu Picchu - From Aguas Calientes, travelers have a choice of either taking a short bus ride up to the entrance, or going by foot. Read more about Machu picchu tours.Not only is the short hike good for getting some fitness in, it is a free way of reaching the mountaintop site. It takes about 45 minutes to get there, but the added benefit of doing it yourself is that you'll truly feel as if you've earned the stunning view of Machu Picchu once you're in front of it.3. Pack your own snacks - In addition to everything else, food and snacks in Aguas Calientes are pricier than anywhere else. Therefore, it would be smart to bring your own items such as from Cusco before you arrive. Good eats to bring are items with peanuts and sugar which will give you boosts of needed energy for your day, especially if you plan on walking to the top of Machu Picchu, hiking Huayna Picchu, or generally strolling around. Of course, be sure to bring enough water and other refreshments so you aren't caught dehydrated!For more info visit Machu picchu tours.