You made it all the way to Machu Picchu in Peru and now all that's left is to have the most epic visit to the lost Incan city! In this vlog we take you around this world wonder and share 12 travel tips that you need to know before your visit to help make sure it is everything you always dreamed of!

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We have been looking forward to our visit to Machu Picchu for years. We were really curious about how it would measure up against all the hype about this sacred site, and we were relieved to discover it was even better than we thought. From Aguas Calientes we took a bus up to Machu Picchu before the sun was up, because visiting Machu Picchu bright and early is the BEST time of day to see the city (more on that in the video). Our guide Yiyo from Peruvian Paths and Adventures taught us so much about the Incan's who lived here and the people who excavated the site in the 1900s to bring it back to life for the world to continue to enjoy.

We chose to climb Wayna Picchu Mountain as part of our visit to the sacred Incan city and oh man was that an adventure! A section of this hike is nicknamed the "stairs of death" and it is easy to see why! The views of Machu Picchu from the top were incredible, and we were really proud to have made it up this final mountain after hiking the Salkantay trail for the past 4 days!

After our visit to Machu Picchu we hopped on a train from Aguas Calientes to Ollantaytambo through the Sacred Valley. People rave about the Sacred Valley, and we quickly discovered why on this train ride. The 1.5 hour ride seemed to end way too quickly, and before we knew it we were saying goodbye to the Sacred Valley and wrapping up our tour of the Salkantay Trek and Machu Picchu.

If you missed our video on the Salkantay Trek to Machu Picchu you can find it here:

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== Chapters ==
0:00 How we got here
1:01 Bus from Aguas Calientes to Machu Picchu
2:51 Can you pet the llamas?
3:38 Welcome to the lost city of Machu Picchu
6:02 Tip #5 – Get a guide!
7:57 Professor Mico explaining the importance of the sun 🙂
8:26 Rapid-fire tips for visiting Machu Picchu
9:59 Bring on the death stairs of Waynapicchu
12:00 Train ride from Aguas Calientes to Ollantaytambo
13:40 Goodbye to Nicole's parents!

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Hey there! We are Nicole and Mico, full-time travel vloggers searching for adventures all around the globe. In March 2021 we quit our jobs, sold our belongings, and hopped on our first ever one-way flight leaving our home country #Canada. We believe #travel builds understanding that reaches across culture, language, and boundaries, and we want to share our experiences as we create connections all over the world. If you like learning about unique places, new cultures and different foods, then come follow our adventure as we explore all our beautiful planet has to offer.

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