On your way to Machu Picchu? Once at the entrance of the “World’s wonder” is important to check out first to following tips for a successful visit:
- Before visiting the site you will need to remember that your ticket is valid for 1 time (it used to be 3 visits within a day, each time you got in your ticket was given a mark, not anymore) Be wise before you get in, check if you need to go to the toiles, for example, (bathrooms are outside the archaeological site’s entrance) or buying something to eat (you can eat at the archaeological site).
- Chose wisely the time of your admission ticket to the archaeological site, the time to visit starts at 7 am, in the ticket you purchase the entrance time is included, and you can’t come before the hour in your ticket. The average time to visit the site is 2 hours. if you are only staying for the day in Aguas Calientes town it is very important to take in consideration the arrival time of your train to the town, and the 20 min. bus ride to the top, plus the waiting line to take it.
- If you come on your own a tour guide is compulsory for visiting MP, you can hire one at the entrance for a private tour or join a group, guides are located at the entrance of the site and they have no problem with the English language.
- You are not allowed to get inside Machupicchu with big backpacks, there is luggage custody near the toilets, and for a low cost (4 soles = 1.30 dollars per piece) you can get rid of this little inconvenience during all your tour.
- Toilets cost 2 soles per person. make sure of going in before the visit Just in Case, inside the site there are no toilets. they are located under the restaurant.
- Hungry? There is 1 restaurant at the entrance of the archaeological site and it belongs to the hotel Sanctuary Lodge (the only one located at the entrance of archaeological site with a view to Machu Picchu) prices are higher than average, but worth it, everything tastes good and basically is the only option. You can get there sandwiches, pastries, and refreshments.
- No jumping, whistling or screaming at the site, no posing with flags, no selfie sticks or umbrellas, nothing that can disturb other visitors at the site, I know! too many rules, but rules are rules.
- Do you want to take a unique souvenir to remember this visit forever? no worries, this one is for free… you can stamp your passport with the image of Machu Picchu at the exit gate (near the toilets) P.S.: they are given after 9 am and sometimes the line of big, but it moves fast.
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