Originally Posted by Chuck Palm
I think it is smart to spend a couple of days in Cusco prior to exploring Machu Picchu.
While Cuzco is a wonderful place to explore, staying there a couple of days to acclimate prior to Machu Picchu escapes me. Machu Picchu is at 8-9000 ft altitude, whereas Cuzco is around 11-12000. IOW, Machu Picchu is far easier to manage for altitude than Cuzco.