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Frequently asked questions about Machu Picchu

Are you traveling to Machu Picchu? At least 90% of the questions about Machu Picchu will be answered in this article, it is to clarify the last ambiguities and very frequent questions about the Inca citadel. This includes questions such as “What will the weather be like”, “Are there mosquitoes in Machu Picchu”, “Where are the baths”. If you have more questions, post them as a comment and we will add the answers in the text.

Frequently asked questions about Machu Picchu:

1. What is the best time to visit Machu Picchu?

One of the most frequently asked questions is about the climate. As the highlight of a trip to Peru, everyone wants to make sure the sun shines on Machu Picchu. But unfortunately it’s not that simple. The Inca site is located at 2,430 meters in the eastern mountain rainforest, where the climate is rainy all year round. It tends to rain less in the dry season from May to October and more in the rainy season from November to April. If you combine tours of the Sacred Valley and Machu Picchu, or perhaps you plan to hike (Inca Trail, Salkantay or Lares Valley hike), you can choose the dry season months if possible. During the day, the weather at Machu Picchu changes very quickly. It is mostly cloudy early in the morning, which means that the view of Machu Picchu is completely overcast. This can change completely in a few minutes when the clouds rise from the valley to the sky.

2. Where can I buy my ticket?

The trip to Machu Picchu can be done in several ways, among the best known are; trip to Machu Picchu by train (economic train and luxury trip), walks as the Inca Trail and Machu Picchu by bus (economic).

You can buy the ticket in Cusco without problems, preferably 2 to 3 days in advance. Address: Garcilaso House, Garcilaso Street (without number) or 340 Maruri Street. If you also want to book Huayna Picchu or Mountain Mountain, you must do so 1 or 2 months in advance. Therefore, it makes sense to book the ticket online. This is through the official government website www.machupicchu.gob.pe, but it is a bit cumbersome. You can book your ticket easily and safely through Cusco Transport Agency.

3. Do I have to book the entrance tomorrow or afternoon?

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Since 2017, visiting time has been divided into morning and afternoon. When you buy your ticket to Machu Picchu, you must decide at what time you want to visit the Inca site. If you have booked one of the panoramic mountains of Huayna Picchu or Mountain, automatically choose the entrance in the morning. The afternoon has its charm because the multitude of visitors decreases significantly and the weather is usually better than in the morning.

The entry times are as follows:

  • Turn 1: from 6:00 a.m. at 12:00 p.m.
  • Turn 2: from 12:00 to 17:30
  • Entrance hours to the panoramic mountains:

1) Huayna Picchu:

  • Machu Picchu + Huayna Picchu 1st group: 7:00 a.m. at 8:00 a.m.
  • Machu Picchu + Huayna Picchu 2nd group: 10:00 a.m. at 11:00 a.m.

2) Machu Picchu Mountain:

  • Machu Picchu + Mountain 1st group: 7 a.m. at 8 a.m.
  • Machu Picchu + Mountain 2nd group: 9:00 a.m. at 10:00 a.m.

4. How do I get from Aguas Calientes to Machu Picchu?

Aguas Calientes is a tourist town on the Urubamba River. From there you can take the shuttle bus to Machu Picchu, which lasts 25 minutes and costs US $ 12 each way. You can also walk on foot, which lasts an hour and is free. The walk is not particularly attractive, it goes uphill for an hour and crosses the bus lane several times.

5. What clothes do I need?

Most visitors like them to be comfortable and sporty. I advise you to wear sturdy shoes because you never know how the weather will develop in Machu Picchu. During the day it can be very hot, so a few layers of t-shirt, polar jacket and raincoat (or poncho) are suitable. It is better to enter the hashtag #Machupicchu on Instagram and see what other travelers use.

6. Are there mosquitoes in Machu Picchu?

Not many, but there are. We suggest storing mosquito repellent in your day luggage.

7. Where are the bathrooms located?

This question also has its raison d’être and now I would like to inform you about the situation of the toilet: the toilets are in front of the entrance and really ONLY in front. That means that during your visit to the facility you have NO possibility of going to the bathroom, you have to leave the facility. This is not so easy, since Machu Picchu is designed as a round trip and is not allowed to go against the flow. Unfortunately, there is no guarantee that you will re-enter. Therefore, my well-intentioned advice: go to the bathroom before admission and don’t drink too much water 🙂

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