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    Take your picture ID

    by JessieLang Written Dec 9, 2010

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    The ticket is good for all day, but if you leave the site and want to go back in, they will check your ID to see if it matches the name on the ticket. If you don't have it, you can't go back. People who left early were passing their ticket to someone else, and the staff caught on.

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    Watch where you are going!

    by JessieLang Updated Dec 9, 2010

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    This is NOT a place to wander around without watching your feet. The day we arrived, we saw a couple of the site workers hauling a man out on a stretcher. He was taking photos as he walked, and he fell down a flight of stairs.

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    Should I be worried of Altitude Sickness?

    by jumpingnorman Updated Mar 28, 2009

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    I flew straight to Cusco from an overnight stay in Lima and when I arrived, I did feel a little short of breath, but I was not sure if I was just tired or just too excited. This experience only lasted about 2 hours though upon arrival.

    I did take the recommended prevention medication: Acetazolamide (Diamox) tablets twice daily which I started two days before leaving the USA (and you are supposed to continue taking them 3 days after arrival). I had no reactions with Diamox, but if you have allergies or are taking other drugs, check with your doctor.

    Altitude sickeness supposedly affects anyone, whether you're young or old. Most of the time nothing happens, but if you happen to be that "rare person" who will have it - you won't forget it. The ultimate treatment for severe altitude sickness (causing pulmonary edema - lung filling up with fluid) is going down to a lower altitude ASAP!

    So, I think it is still wise to find out about recommendations on how to avoid it. Avoid alcohol, tobacco, and depressant drugs, such as sleeping pills and opiates. You have to stay hydrated as well and avoid overexertion (I chose to lay down for about an hour in my hotel room before I went out to explore - each person has a different "resting time" level).

    It has also been written that a high carbohydrate diet helps. I was also given the Coca Tea at the hotel when I arrived and I found it soothing and it tasted just like any other tea...whether it really helped or not, I am not sure...but it is nice to have tried it though!

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    MP Entrance Ticket Unavailable at Entrance!

    by risse73 Updated Mar 26, 2008

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    Entrance tickets to the Machu Picchu ruins are no longer available at the entrance!!! So, for those of you who are independently sightseeing the Machu Picchu ruins, you need to purchase your MP entrance tickets well in advance at the following outlets:

    Aguas Calientes:

    Machu Picchu Cultural Centre in Aguas Calientes
    (around Main plaza)

    Cusco:

    Instituto Nacional de Cultura (INC)
    (Calle San Bernado a few blocks from the main Plaza de Armas)

    Information obtained March 2008 from these on-line sources:

    http://www.andeantravelweb.com/peru/destinations/machupicchu/index.html

    http://www.perutreks.com/machu-picchu-by-train-1-day.html

    Alternatively, you can have your hotel/hostel in Cusco or Aguas Calientes buy it for you in advance. This may be the easiest way to secure your sightseeing in MP.

    Goodluck & enjoy beautiful Machu Picchu!

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    Private taxi tours

    by tedandtina Updated Aug 19, 2007

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    Please check and confirm plans with the cab driver if you are going to hire a car to take you around. With all our members and luggage it seemed the perfect thing to do. Please negotiate the price up front and pay at the end of your journey-not beforehand if possible.

    Read guidebooks before going and check out cab fares. Like they say, know before you go and pay after.

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    Slippery when wet.

    by cacosta Written May 3, 2007

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    It rained lightly for about 15 minutes when I was in MP resulting in very slippery stones and walkways. Choose your footing and your footwear carefully. More advice... bring a poncho as umbrellas are much too cumbersome.

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    Take it easy

    by easterntrekker Written Oct 14, 2006

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    Even though we spent a couple of days in Cusco ...we still could feel the effects of the alltitude Water was the savior from alttitude sickness. It is so easy to forget and over do it ...water and taking it easy , really helps .

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    Watch out for Llamas

    by MrRandMcnally Written Jan 18, 2006

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    I know many will say that Machu Pichu is really to low to be at llama altitude and they force them to live there for the tourists, but I love it. They wander around the ruins, make for great photos, but can be a bit of a nusance. Just remember they can appear around any corner, do not like to be touched and do spit.

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    Watch out for Llamas

    by MrRandMcnally Written Jan 18, 2006

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    I know many will say that Machu Pichu is really to low to be at llama altitude and they force them to live there for the tourists, but I love it. They wander around the ruins, make for great photos, but can be a bit of a nusance. Just remember they can appear around any corner, do not like to be touched and do spit.

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    Llamas on the trail

    by Hopkid Written Mar 24, 2005

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    You may run into these cute beasts during the hike. I'm not sure how domesticated they are but if they're in a hurry to get somewhere don't hesitate and get out of their way! These are big beasts and could easy crumple an unwary hiker.

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    Cuidado! Be Careful of the Steep Drops

    by AKtravelers Written Mar 21, 2005

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    Aside from the clearing away of thick jungle and the reinforcement of some masonry, Machu Picchu is pretty much in the same state as it was when it was abandoned by the Incas in 1532. Since the Incas had few lawyers or lawsuits, they didn't worry about putting up safety rails anywhere someone could possibly fall and sue. And the Peruvian government hasn't done much to change that (thankfully!). Therefore, there are several edges from which a fall would be long, hard and possibly lethal. Be careful walking near the edge!

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    Can Llamas Attack?!! Yes!

    by AKtravelers Written Mar 20, 2005

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    Always remember that the Llamas at Machu Picchu are wild animals. And, although the park whistle blowers around will do what they can to keep you away from the llamas, they roam where they want and can kick you or bite you if you annoy them. When you see the llamas taking the stairs or coming at you, please give way.
    Generally, they will walk right past you. Despite the aggressive appearance of the llamas in this picture, they did not surround Sarah, pin her to the ground, carve off her limbs and ingest them in a wild ceremony involving fire and heavy doses of llama intoxicants. No, they just calmly walked by. Mostly, they are used to people and you can touch them as they meander close to you. Just don't pull, poke, jostle, mount or otherwise pester the llamas. They are wild.

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    Llamas Spit!!

    by AKtravelers Written Feb 25, 2005

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    Warning: Llamas can and will spit at you. According to a Chilean couple that we met at Machu Picchu, it's a pretty nasty experience. Luckily, it didn't happen to us, even though we got close enough to kiss a llama (as you can see in the photo). I guess the way to avoid getting spit on is to give the llamas some space when they're nervous. It appears that they hum when they are anxious, though neither of us are llama experts so if any reader can correct us, we'd appreciate it.

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    Do Not Desecrate Macchu Picchu!

    by jadedmuse Updated Mar 2, 2004

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    There are “guards” in civilian clothing stationed throughout the Macchu Picchu ruins, to ensure that nothing is desecrated with graffiti or garbage. They have eyes in the backs of their heads!

    Don’t even think to lift a tiny stone or anything else that might occur to you – they’ll be on you in a second, escorting you right out of the park - no refund!

    Macchu Picchu is a UNESCO World Heritage site and also a national treasure of Peru, so it is guarded carefully.

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    Those aren't coffee beans!

    by Tom_In_Madison Written May 24, 2007

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    Watch where you walk. Lots of llamas, who eat a lot, who.....do the biology.

    That's one souvenir you don't want to bring back with you!

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