Machu Picchu is trying to rip off photographers
I just wanted to share something very unpleasant that happened to me last week at Machu Picchu's entrance:
1. They charge you 300 USd for bringing your tripod into their Inca city. Their argument is that tripods are for professionals only. this is not specified ANYWHERE, not even in the INC' Web ( gov. body responsable for MP)
2. There is a lens debate: ANY lens over 200mm is considered professional, and thus must also pay the 300 Usd.
THEREFORE I took my Sony A900 with its 50mm 1.4 and but to leave my Manfrotto in the entry. On the other hand, my travel parther travelling with an A200 (!!!!!!!) with the Kit 18-250mm HAD TO PAY the 300 Usd to take his camera to Machu Picchu, given that was his only lens and it had a focal lenght over 200 mm ( and that.... was supposed to be professional).
Unique Suggestions: bring a monopod or a small tripod that can fit inside your bag. Don't give those guys 300 bucks for free!
Fun Alternatives: leave your stuff in the entrance.... :-(Related to:
- National/State Park
- Historical Travel
The Running Machu Picchu Boys
When taking the bus back down from Macchu Picchu, you will hear in the faint distance a cry of "Hello"and while descending you will see the faint image of a young boy dressed in traditional Incan garb greeting your bus and waving at the bottom of some of the staircases that line the side of the road. When you finally reach the end of the mountain, this supposed same boy gets onto your bus looking for handouts. The idea is that this boy of about 10 years ran down the mountain chasing the bus and is suppose to show how swift and agile this young man is. Now to me it sounds kind of hairbrained that this young little guy is fast enough and strong enough to complete this feat especially if he does it all day but if you do feel so inclined you can give him a tip. At least he isn't pan handling.
Check the group number of people in advance
When you do the Inca Trail via an agency you are included in a group. Most agencies have small groups, as promised. But some small agencies don't gather enough people for the trail and "sell" their customers to bigger agencies, adding them to other groups. This way you end up as part of a big group and you maight not have the promised attention, so check it in advance.Related to:
- Mountain Climbing
- Hiking and Walking
This was the band that entertained us in the Inti Killa restaurant,most us bought cds,weel you`ve got to havent you !!!!
avoid crowds,spend one night in aguas calientes!
be clever,be alone!......visit machu picchu after last train departure....and before first one arrival....staying one night in picturesque aguas calientes!
MORE ON MY AGUAS CALIENTES page!Related to:
- Historical Travel
- Adventure Travel
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