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Machu Picchu: Important tips you should know before you go



Machu Picchu, one of the seven wonders of the modern world, is a must-visit tourist destination for any traveler coming to Peru. This inca citadel is a testimony to the greatness of the andean civilization, and visiting it is an unforgettable experience.

If you are planning an expedition to this Historical Sanctuary and want to be fully prepared for the adventure, here we provide a series of recommendations that will help you enjoy your stay to the fullest:

1. Purchase your tickets in advance

Tickets to Machu Picchu are limited, so it’s important to buy them in advance, especially if you are traveling during the high season (from April to October). You can purchase them online through the platform or in person at the Dirección Desconcentrada de Cultura de Cusco of Ministry of Culture.

2. Choose the right ticket

There are different types of tickets to explore Machu Picchu, each with its own route and rate. Make sure to choose the one that best suits your interests and needs. For more information on each type of entry, visit this link.

3. Arrive on time at the Llaqta

Tickets are sold for specific time slots, so it’s important to arrive at the designated time. There is only a 30-minute tolerance margin to enter, so plan your itinerary carefully. Consider the time it takes to travel by train or bus to the town, as well as the Consetur Bus journey to the entry point.

4. Present your document upon entry

When entering Machu Picchu, it is mandatory to present your physical identification document (either ID, passport, or Foreigner Identity Card) along with your ticket. Therefore, it’s important that the personal details on your ticket match those on your official document.

5. Bring the right luggage

The allowed luggage inside the archaeological site has a size limit. Backpacks, bags, or purses cannot exceed dimensions of 40x35x20 cm (16x14x8 inches). Therefore, it is advisable to bring only the essentials for greater comfort.

6. Wear confy and appropriate clothing for the weather

Machu Picchu is a sizable citadel, so you should walk a lot explore it. Also keep in mind that weather conditions vary depending on the season. Therefore, it’s crucial to wear comfortable footwear and appropriate clothing. Additionally, it’s recommended to bring a hat, sunglasses, and sunscreen.

7. Be physically prepared

The Inca citadel is located at 2,430 meters above sea level, so it’s important to physically prepare for the journey. If you’re not accustomed to the altitude, you need to start acclimatizing a few days before your visit.

8. Respect the rules

Machu Picchu is an Inca archaeological site declared a World Heritage Site, so it’s important to respect the rules established by the Ministry of Culture for its conservation. To learn more about current prohibitions, visit this link.

By following these tips, you’ll be able to enjoy an unforgettable visit to the Wonder of the World!

👉 You can find this guide in spanish version by clicking on this link.