There really aren’t any words for the beauty of this place, so a few photos and tips I learned should suffice.
I believe everyone should take a chance to visit South America and it is a must to see Macchu Pichu, even if just for a few days.
Once you explore Cuzco (previous post here) and acclimate, make your way to Aguas Calientes through the Sacred Valley and prepare to have your mind blown.
Staying in Aguas Calientes or the Sacred Valley the night before your Macchu visit, or walking the Inca Trail are viable options as well, look into this if you have time to spend. As we traveled in Ecuador and Peru for a total of 13 days, we did the quick way-
2 days in Cuzco, 1 day for Macchu and leaving morning of the last day to Lima.
Buy your entry and train tickets in advance in Cuzco
Take Peru Rail from Cuzco to Aguas Calientes, the town before you enter the historic park
Wake up early to explore
Take the 1.5-2hr hike up to the site, in lieu of the bus
Take water and sunscreen, use liberally
Hire a guide at the site entrance to show you all of the key temples, tell you history and snap some great photos of you