Essential Tips for the best Machu Picchu Experience!

Monday January 15, 2024 | Travel Tips | Posted by Team About Cusco

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Essential tips for your Machu Picchu Adventure

Are you gearing up for the awe-inspiring journey to Machu Picchu? Brace yourself for an unforgettable adventure in the heart of the Andes! To ensure you make the most out of your visit, we’ve curated a list of must-know tips that go beyond the ordinary guidebook advice. Whether you arrive through the sun gate after the amazing Inca Trail or you via Aguas Calientes through the main gate, here are Essential Tips for the best Machu Picchu Experience!

Machu Picchu Peru 1. Weather Whims: Machu Picchu’s location means the weather can change in the blink of an eye. Be prepared with a rain poncho or waterproof jacket, regardless of the season. After all, spontaneity is part of the Machu Picchu charm!

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2. Passport Stamps: Stamp enthusiasts, rejoice! You can obtain the Machu Picchu stamp at an office on the right side of the main entrance. A unique addition to your passport collection!

3. Bus Ticket Strategy: Purchase your bus tickets to Machu Picchu from Aguas Calientes online in advance or through your travel agency. Beat the crowds by buying them the night before; these tickets are valid for three days.

4. Insect Defense: Beware of mosquitoes, especially during dry seasons. Dress in light, long clothing and generously apply insect repellent. Opt for closed shoes to avoid unwelcome insect encounters.

5. Backpack Regulations: Large backpacks aren’t allowed in Machu Picchu. If you have one, use lockers at the entrance for a fee of US $1 (S/3 soles).

6. Altitude Adjustment: Prepare for the altitude by acclimatizing before your Machu Picchu trip, especially if arriving from lower altitudes. Coca tea in Cusco helps alleviate altitude sickness.

7. Stick Restrictions: Ordinary hiking sticks aren’t permitted, unless you have a disability. If so, the sticks must have rubber tips.

8. Bathroom Awareness: Visit the restroom before entering Machu Picchu, as the only facilities are located outside the Inca city. A trek to the nearest bathroom takes 30 minutes.

9. Bus Operating Hours: Buses to Machu Picchu run from 5:30 am to 3:30 pm. The last entry is at 4:00 pm, and visitors can stay until 5:00 pm.

10. Health and Safety: In case of illness, a pharmacy and medical services are available to the left of Machu Picchu’s entrance, affiliated with the Pardo Clinic in Cusco.

Machu Picchu Tour Cusco Peru 11. Huayna Picchu Tickets: Secure your Huayna Picchu tickets four to six months in advance for this incredible climb. Opt for the Machu Picchu + Huayna Picchu (circuit 4), for an unforgettable experience.

12. Sun Protection Arsenal: Pack sun protection essentials, including a hat, sunglasses, and sunscreen.

13. Two-Day Marvel: For an immersive experience, plan a two-day visit. Stay overnight in Aguas Calientes to explore Machu Picchu early, avoiding the Cusco crowds.

14. Short Hikes in Machu Picchu: Explore Machu Picchu’s surroundings with short hikes like Puerta del Sol (3 hours round trip), Puente de Inca (1 hour round trip), Huayna Picchu (2 hours round trip), and Machu Picchu Mountain (4 hours round trip). Tip! You need to buy the right ticket in advance, when buying your Machu Picchu ticket.

15. Overcoming Vertigo: If you’re prone to vertigo or fear of heights, skip Huayna Picchu and opt for a serene climb to Machu Picchu Mountain.

16. Passport Power: Never forget your passport or the document used for the reservation; you really need it to enter the ruins.

17. Guide Negotiation: Local guides are available at Machu Picchu’s entrance, but their costs can vary. Negotiate the price (around S/. 120 or US $40 for 2 hours) and ensure your guide’s English proficiency. Prefer a guaranteed and smooth experience? Secure a guide at a Machu Picchu operator agency like (or contact us here).

Now, armed with these essential tips for the best Machu Picchu experience, embark on your odyssey to the Inca citadel fully prepared for the wonders that await you! The Inca citadel from Peru is ready to unfold its secrets, and you’re in for an extraordinary adventure!

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