Hi, we are considering this company for our trip next year: I have 2 questions:
When you arrive at the Sun Gate on day 4 in the afternoon, how close are you to the site? I understand that you are not allowed to enter on this day, but some accounts talk of viewing it from above and "descending through the ruins"? Are you able to take THE famous photo that seems to be from a platform just above the ruins or is that place only accessible from INSIDE the site? It sounds good to arrive in the afternoon when there are fewer people there, but does that matter if you cannot enter the site, only view it from far away?
2. What time do you enter the site for the visit on day 5? is it together with loads of other tour groups or can you go very early in the morning to see the sunrise?
many thanks in advance!
On the fourth day you walk down from the Sun Gate to the ruins, then exit to the buses to Agues Caliente. We took several photos overlooking the sites but the fifth day is spent thoroughly visiting the ruins. Explorandes is a great company, great guide (Nep) and by far the best porters. They set the 5-day hike up sun that you hardly see any other hiking groups until the third night/fourth day.
just to add to the already comprehensive answers. I did both the 4 and 5 day hikes in the last 6 years. seeing sunrise at sungate can be difficult b/c it is often foggy in the morning. and you have to do the march at 3:30 am in the morning to sun gate and then wait for an hr in the fog and cold with many people. This means you actually miss a segment of hike that is actually very beautiful with wild orchids and birds that you can enjoy in day light.
I would recommend, despite you being very tired to wake up early to get on the very first bus to get into the citadel on the 5th day. I regretted not doing that.
Thank you both for taking the time to reply! this convinced me we should book the hike with this company! we are trying to get in touch with Explorandes now in order to book, but no reply so far.
When you come through the sun gate you are at the top of the site coming from the inca trail. You hike through the ruins and make your way down to the entrance of machu picchu. We spent a fair amount of time in the site but it began to drizzle and we made our way to the buses. We had traversed several sets of ruins and complexes on the inca trail. The primary thing you see are the walls to the terraces, building walls and staircases.
When you return the next day you will have more time to explore the complex. It was not crowded when we rentered and the further you hike in the fewer people you will see especially the more you climb up into the complex.
It is a pleasure to answer your question. On the 4th day, you enter Machu Picchu, you will be able to take THE famous picture, but you have to do it pretty fast as people should only walk by Machu Picchu and not staying much time there. You will be entering the site, but won´t be able to do the whole visit of the circuit.
About the guided 5th day on the next day, you will be entering the site on one of the first turns. Still, you never get to see the sunrise, when the sun gets out is already a very bright day. Nothing very special as some tour operators sell. But Machu Picchu doesn´t need any special lighting, and the citadel is imposing by itself. And the energy that you get there is awe-inspiring.
Obtén respuestas rápidas del personal y los visitantes anteriores de Explorandes.