It is advisable to travel to Machu Picchu in the dry season that is from April to October. If you go in the rainy season, which is from November to March, take into account the climatic conditions that may vary. When arriving at Cusco it is important that at least you rest about 2 hours so that your body adapts to the height. You can even take advantage of and visit places near the place such as the Cathedral, San Blas Church, Plaza de Armas, Stone of 12 angles, among others.
The tour starts early, you have to consider that from Cusco you have to travel by land (bus or private car) to the train station:
Once you are at one of the stations, you will just take the train that goes to Machu Picchu. Keep in mind that all services and trains to Machu Picchu are not the same and there is a lot of difference in the categories of them. The train journey lasts approximately 4 hours and will depend on what kind of train trip (tourist, first class or luxury). Once at the Aguas Calientes station, you will take the bus that will take you to the entrance of the majestic citadel of Machu Picchu.
The guided tour lasts all day starting in Cusco and includes transfers from the city of Cusco, trains, bus up and down, guided tour of the citadel and lunch buffet.
If you wish, you can also stay overnight at a hotel in Machu Picchu village and enjoy the thermal baths.
It is the town that is below the citadel of Machu Picchu. The train service arrives there and has services such as wineries / shops, markets, restaurants and hotels to stay.
To climb to the citadel of Machu Picchu you can do it walking but it is recommended to have a good physical condition and in a conventional way can opt with the bus service (Return and/or Return 30 minutes approximately for each trip).
You can go it alone, it is not necessary to hire the services of a travel agency or tour guide.
The advantages of going with a travel agency is that they coordinate and schedule all the transferred train, buses, tickets, guides. Let the passenger enjoy before and during the trip.
If you have little time better hire an agency.
The advantage of traveling on your own is that you manage your schedules, you can adjust your itinerary at any time. But in this case it is advisable to buy the train tickets and tickets well in advance because the seats are limited.
The Citadel of Machu Picchu is a classified and protected place nationally and internationally and therefore depends on the Peruvian Government and, in particular, the Ministry of Culture Cusco. It is they who define the conditions of access, regulation, entrance fees and who sell the tickets.
Next to Machu Picchu is located the so called Huayna Picchu (it is the hill where the photos of Machu Picchu are taken) is very dangerous and should only be uploaded by people with experience and climbing. Anyone wishing to upload it will have them sign an act in which no one is responsible if something happens because of the high danger and very difficult access of the area.
Quotas are limited and during the day there are only 2 scheduled departures that take place in the mornings. You can buy the ticket along with the entrance to Machu Picchu. It is not sold separately. To visit the Huayna Picchu it is advisable to spend the night in Aguas Calientes to have enough time to make the excursions.
If you follow these recommendations you only have to enjoy one of the new wonder of the world ...