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MACHUPICCHU ESSENTIALS !!!

Machu Picchu is one of the most popular attractions in the world, flocked to year after year by thousands of eager tourists. Peru has rigorously maintained their archaeological treasure, and a UNESCO World Heritage site, to ensure its pristine appearance. The amount of people allowed in is heavily regulated, as is the number allowed on the Inca Trail (500 a day - 200 of which are hikers and 300 of which are porters and guides).

While visiting Machu Picchu is on many travelers’ bucket lists, it can be very confusing how to turn the dream trip into a reality. We’ve pooled our knowledge, consulted our travel Experts, and cross referenced multiple sources to bring you this comprehensive tips and suggestions.

IT’S WORTH GETTING THERE EARLY.

I can’t stress this enough: Get there early (first bus from Aguas Calientes leaves around 5:30, getting you there at around 6am). This is the prime time to get a serene feel for the site. By 11 a.m., it will be so crowded you can hardly walk through some places, and everyone will be lining up for the same shot.

“JUMPING PICTURES” ARE NOT ALLOWED–BUT PEOPLE DO IT ANYWAY.

You are not supposed to jump at Machu Picchu; rules are very strict, we recommend you always to have a look the Machupicchu rules that arev posted at the entrance.

THERE ARE THREE WAYS TO GET THERE: BY TRAIN, BY BUS, OR BY HIKING.

  • There are two trains that go to Aguas Calientes (the town closest to Machu Picchu): Inca Rail and PeruRail. For more information on both, see my blog post about trains to Machu Picchu.

  • There are many hikes you can take to Machu Picchu. The most popular is the Inca Trail, four days and three nights.

  • The lesser known option is a bus from Cusco  to Hidroelectrica and then a walk about 3 hours or less, if you are not a hiker you can a train from Hidroelectrica to Aguas Calientes, normally cost 30 USD

YOU CAN GET A MACHU PICCHU PASSPORT STAMP FOR FREE.

When you exit the Machu Picchu gates, look to your right. There is a little table with a special Machu Picchu stamp for your passport. Sometimes you can do it yourself; other times an employee will be handling it for you.

THERE ARE NO BATHROOMS AND NO PLACES TO BUY WATER OR FOOD ONCE YOU GET INSIDE THE GATES.

Be prepared. Bring lots of water and snacks.

YOU HAVE TO PAY TO USE THE RESTROOMS LOCATED AT THE ENTRANCE.

It costs 1 Peruvian Nuevo Sol to use the bathroom at the gates.

YOU CAN PET THE LLAMAS.

Lots of llamas live in the actual Machu Picchu site, and they’re friendly! It’s totally fine to walk up to them and pet them. They are used to this

YOU ARE ALWAYS BEING WATCHED.

Thinking of doing something silly? Don’t try it. There are employees posted up everywhere; sometimes you don’t even see them–but they see you.

THERE IS A HIDDEN MACHU PICCHU MUSEUM.

The Museo de Sitio Manuel Chávez Ballón requires a separate ticket of $8. It’s hard to find though. It’s located at the base of the footpath leading up to Machu Picchu. From the town of Aguas Calientes, it’s about a 30-minute walk to the museum.

THERE ARE FOUR TYPES OF ENTRANCE TICKETS TO MACHU PICCHU: 1) MACHU PICCHU 2) MACHU PICCHU + MUSEUM  3)MACHU PICCHU + HUAYNA PICCHU, AND 4) MACHU PICCHU + MACHU PICCHU MOUNTAIN

Of all three, the Machu Picchu + Huayna Picchu sells out the fastest! That’s because they only allow 400 entrants to Huayna Picchu each day. So if you plan on climbing this, be sure to buy tickets far in advance.

Desarollado por Llika