Though I was born and raised in Perú, I had never visited the magical Cusco. I was beyond happy to finally be able to see this Wonder with no filters.
I don't think any picture I have ever seen does this amazing city justice; it is truly breathtaking. The immensity of the ruins and mountains is beyond belief. The energy you feel while standing in front of the grand Machu Picchu is incomparable.
Our trip to Cusco was decided last minute (like everything we do really). I wanted to visit my family since it had been a while, but also wanted to explore. We had limited days, so we spent only 3 days and 2 nights in Cusco. We flew from Lima at the crack of dawn (flight was a little over an hour). Grabbed a cab and asked the driver if he knew of any hostels in Aguas Calientes. Funny thing, the driver actually owned a hostel so he called his wife and set us up for the night at their cute little building. We also lucked out because Mr. Cab Driver also had a "touring" business (why couldn't I have those ambitious genes I asked myself?) so he also included us in a history tour to Machu Picchu which included the entrance fee, the ride there and the wonderful tour guide, Vicky.
While we hiked to the top, we only saw one person get soroche (altitude sickness). Like passed out and carried out. If you plan to go there and don't want to risk it, get Sorojchi pills at the airport. I would suggest getting them individually bc the whole box (worth 80 soles) is not necessary. Your body will probably take half a day to adjust to the altitude, so just take one or two when you first get there to help you get through the first day. Then again, I'm not a doctor so maybe don't take medical advice from me. *Shrugs*
This trip was spectacular. The amount of energy, happiness and inspiration you'll get at this place is endless. I would recommend you travel with more days so that you can explore a lot more, but if 2-3 days is all you can spare, it's enough to see Machu Picchu! Trust me.