Things to Know Before Visiting Machu Picchu

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Here are the essential need-to-knows for your visit to Machu Picchu

  • It is crucial to purchase your tickets for Huayna Picchu and Machu Picchu Mountain well in advance, as they can sell out quickly, sometimes months before your visit. This ensures your access to these popular areas within the site.
  • Machu Picchu is at a lower altitude compared to Cusco, but acclimatization is still necessary to avoid altitude sickness. Consider taking medication for the altitude, stay well hydrated and avoid excessive efforts during the first days.
  • The presence of a guide is required to enter Machu Picchu. It is advisable to book a tour in advance. The guides offered at the entrance usually have higher rates.
  • Arrive at Machu Picchu as early as possible to avoid the crowds and to enjoy the sunrise, which significantly enhances the experience and allows you to explore the site at your leisure.
  • There are no restrooms inside Machu Picchu. Use the restrooms before entering and be sure to bring small coins, as there is a 1 sol fee to use these facilities.
  • Bring reusable water bottles to avoid generating plastic waste. Hydration systems such as camelbacks are recommended to stay hydrated without polluting.
  • Mosquitoes can be annoying in Machu Picchu. Use repellent and wear thin, long-sleeved shirts and pants to protect yourself as much as possible from bites.
  • You can get a special Machu Picchu stamp in your passport at the point of entry as a souvenir of your visit. This stamp is a popular addition for visitors.
  • Since the weather can vary and the terrain is uneven and sometimes steep, it is essential to wear layered clothing and comfortable, sturdy footwear. This will help you move safely and comfortably along the ancient trails.
  • Cameras are allowed, but the use of tripods, stands or other professional photography equipment may be restricted without special permission. It is important to be aware of these rules to avoid inconveniences during your visit.

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