Tim Tense is a travel vlogger from Belgium who came recently to Peru for the second time (and he is sure he will come back again) and likes to share his experience as well as tips for all of those who love to travel, have unique experiences and learn more about other cultures in the world.
Having visited already many European countries, such as France, Holland, Germany, Luxemburg, United Kingdom, Spain, Portugal, Slovenia, Czech-Republic, Croatia, Hungary, Montenegro, Bosnia and Herzegovina, in this opportunity, Tim wants to tell you how it is possible to go to Machu Picchu for only 10 Euro, about $11.15 US dollars.
In his video “Go to Machu Picchu for 10 EURO (vía Hidroeléctrica) - Budget travel in Peru 2019” you can not only enjoy great images of what you will find if you decide to hike to Machu Picchu but also listen to useful tips we are sure you will find handy.
There are many ways to get to the Inca citadel that you can also check out, but Tim’s option is just great!
The Backpacker’s Route from Cusco to Aguas Calientes
This route will take you from Cusco to Hidroeléctrica and eventually to Aguas Calientes. It is called the Backpacker’s Route, according to Tim, and it is the low-budget option.
Aguas Calientes is the perfect place to chill out and catch your breath before heading to Machu Picchu. Our recommendation is the same as Tim’s: stay in this town for a night and recharge your batteries. There is also a lot to see and do and you can also help your muscles relax in the hot springs here!
First, you need to catch a bus in Cusco Center at Plaza San Francisco that will cost you around 60 soles (10 Euro or $10 US dollars). The ride takes about six hours to complete and there will be stops along the way to stretch your legs, catch a bite and use the restrooms.
Tim recommends bringing your own food if you are traveling on a low budget since these stops are not usually cheap.
You will then arrive at Santa Teresa, where you can find hot springs, which Tim says are better than those in Aguas Calientes. After a few more hours of walking - and don’t forget to bring a raincoat since it rains a lot in the mountains - you finally arrive in Aguas Calientes.
“It’s not a difficult hike”, Tim says in the video, “and you can save a lot of money walking instead of taking the tourist train”, he continues.
Other tips for traveling in Peru
Tim recommends communicating with the locals, but some basic Spanish or Quechua is necessary. “The locals will always be happy to help you and share their experiences with you”, said Tim.
He also encourages tourists to eat as much local food as possible since according to him “the best cuisine in the world is Peruvian”.
“Also get off the beaten path. Peru is more than Machu Picchu. There are so many 'undiscovered places' that are worth visiting”, he told us. “During my first trip I went to Iquitos and that was a great experience, I will go back to the selva of Peru for sure!”, he continued.
For this vlogger, Peru is a destination he will definitely come back to, especially since his girlfriend is Peruvian. He loved getting to know the region of Huaraz, which is less overrun by tourists. “Also the Cordillera Blanca is absolutely beautiful! We hiked to Laguna 69 which was also a unique experience. That video will be released in a few weeks. Stay tuned!”
Among other countries Tim would like to visit are Colombia, India, Indonesia, Pakistan and Canada. But, Peru is a “must”, according to him, and anyone who travels there won’t regret it for sure.
By Ermelinda Maglione.
Cover Photo Scot Umstattd.