Machu Picchu Travel Tips

  • Machu Picchu is on lower altitude than Cusco
  • Machu Picchu has a warmer and more humid climate
  • The can be clouding all year round – especially in the morning
  • As Machu Picchu is closer located to the jungle, rain can fall all year round

  • Machu Picchu is located in the Vilcanote Mountain Range
  • The altitude is about 2,430 meters above sea level (7,900Ft.)
  • The Machu Picchu National Park is known for its hummingbirds and orchids. 
  • The Inca Trail only allows 500 people daily (including guides and porters)
  • The Inca Trail sells out for most days of the year
  • The Inca Trail is closed every year during February for maintenance
  • Walking sticks with iron tip are not allowed (use wooden ones or a rubber protector)

The official Machu Picchu Museum is the Museo de Sitio Manuel Chávez Ballón, this Machu Picchu museum tries to achieve the preservation and dissemination of cultural and archaeological research.

  • Perurail implemented weight limits of 6Kg. per person
  • IncaRail implemented weight limits of 8Kg. per person
  • Limits are not thoroughly checked but best to keep in mind
  • Machu Picchu is on lower altitude than Cusco
  • Machu Picchu has a warmer and more humid climate

  • Busses operate from 06.00 till 04.00PM (both ways)
  • Busses leave almost every 5-10 minutes in both ways
  • Busses work with a first come first serve system
  • The drive takes about 20-25 minutes one way
  • Costs for adults are; US$18.50 (return) or US$9.50 (one way)
  • Cost for children are; US$10 (return) or US$5 (one way)

As Machu Picchu is the most visited site in South America, obviously it has much to offer. Situated on the border between the Andean highlands with its majestic snowcapped peaks on one side, and on the other by the beginning of the Amazon Rainforest, the location alone makes enough for a great destination.

Huayna Picchu is the towering mountain behind the actual site of Machu Picchu. From a distance the mountain looks impossible to climb without the necessary tools but even though a strenuous climb with some parts where you will actually will need both hands and feet, the climb is quite possible for all averagely fit visitors.

Together with the regulations for the maximum of daily visitors, the INC has also implemented some changes with regards to the entrance tickets and prices. Instead of offering the normal all around entrance ticket for Machu Picchu as they did before, now there are several different entrance tickets giving you access to the different parts of the site.

After the celebration for the “discovering” of Machu Picchu 100 years ago, the INC (Peruvian National Cultural Institute) under impulse of (now ex) President Garcia, decided that it was time to implement a daily number of 2500 visitors to the site. In case of doing this with a transitional system the INC did this from one day to the next and hence created a ton of problems for the visitors during the months of July and August. In any case as the INC did not feel like providing the general public with much information we hereby will try to give you the last information regarding.