Travel Tips to visit Machu Picchu

     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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14 Comments Add yours

  1. I’ve always wanted to go here! Thanks for the tips. Someday.

    1. Of course! now is easy and stills very affordable. and when the time comes here you have a local helper for any questions and doubts. Best regards!

  2. Someday, you’ll see! let me know of your visit if you ever make your way to Peru.

  3. stacybraiuca says:

    Vanessa, Great post. I had friends who went to Machu Picchu last year. I wish they would have had this before they went. I can’t believe it costs to use the restroom, but I guess for eco reasons, I understand it too.

    1. Hi Stacy, yes, sometimes it’s complicated to know ahead of time some details like those mentioned, hope this can be useful for another friend or maybe for you in a future visit! Thanks for your comment

  4. klaunder4817 says:

    These are great tips. If I ever get the chance to go here now I’ll know what to expect!

    1. Thanks! And remember the rain poncho, sunblock and insect repellent, it can be cloudy, rainy and sunny all in one day! Hope you come one day.

  5. Wow that’s very interesting. I’m not familiar with the place at all. Where’s it at and what is it?

    1. Thanks!, Machu Picchu is best known as 1 of the 7 wonders of the world and pride of Peruvians, built by the Inca culture is a magical site with a halo of mystery… I hope you come one day.

  6. I wish you had posted this three years ago! I did visit here with my family then, but unfortunately I got very, very sick and had to spend a couple days in the hospital there. One thing I would advise anyone travelling to Peru–DO NOT eat the food unless it’s been cooked and DO NOT drink the tap there!

    1. You are right, those are the top 2 advised after my number 1: drink lots of water to avoid altitude sickness. This is a good idea for another post! Thanks.

  7. Marina says:

    Great tips! Good to know there’s only one restaurant, good to know to pack some food!

    1. Yes, this is a good tip and not everybody even thing in asking about this because as a visitor to MachuPicchu one just want to make its way there and see the world wonder. Hope this post and the blog can be a good source of info. Regards

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