5 Things You Didn’t Know About Machu Picchu

Whether you are an avid traveller or a novice in exploring new places, Machu Picchu in Peru has to be on your bucket list. We spoke with travel expert Ansoo Gupta to tell us more about the place.

Having visited almost 35 countries, Ansoo knows the art of exploring each location inside out. She visited the beautiful Machu Picchu complex with her partner and found some really surprising facts. Take a look.

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Travel Expert: Ansoo Gupta at Machu Picchu

1. Seasons No Bar For Backpackers
You might have heard that Machu Picchu is shut in February on account of the monsoon. But the fact is that only the trekking facility shut—you can still visit the peak by bus and train. In fact, it’s better to go at this time, especially if you believe in avoiding the crowds.

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February Rainbow at the Ruins of Machu Picchu

2. Two for One
Excited to visit Machu Picchu? There’s more! If you head to the bus depot of Aguas Calientes early enough, you get to visit Huayna Picchu, the small peak near Machu Picchu. This unexplored beauty is twice as tall and has an astounding view of the Urubamba River.

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Machu Picchu and Huayna Picchu

3. Hidden Museum and Historic Treat
Whether it is Europe or Africa, you’re probably used to signs on popular tourist locations about neighbouring attractions. But that’s not the case here. Tourists very rarely know about the almost unheard-of Museo de Sitio Manuel Chávez Ballón museum, which has fantastic information and artifacts on the archaeological excavation of Machu Picchu. Pay an US$8 entry fee and get lost in the historic trivia of the place. The museum is about a 30-minute walk or a 10 minute drive from the town of Aguas Calientes, from where you take a ride up to Machu Picchu.

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Museo de Sitio Manuel Chávez Ballón museum, near Machu Picchu

4. Traveller’s Dream: A Secret Shrine
Found the beautiful Huayna Picchu? Clicked pictures of the mindblowing view? Don’t leave just yet. Take the road less travelled to the Temple of the Moon. It is at the far side of the peak and has been created into a cave with fine stonework. It is rumoured to have held mummies at some point. You never know, you may find some untouched remains inside.

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The Temple of the Moon near Machu Picchu

5. Machu Picchu is Rajinikant’s Kilimanjaro
Rajinikant has not only taken over Twitter, but also the land of Peru. The movie Robot (Endhiran) has a song called Kilimanjaro, filmed there with Aishwarya Rai Bachchan. Check out the video with African dances and costumes. After all, only Rajini can turn Peru into Africa!

You can visit the Nazca Line and Lima when planning to go to Machu Picchu. Want to know more about the country and get some cool backpacking tips? Head to Ansoo Gupta’s travel workshop.

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