MACHU PICCHU INFORMATION
Machu Picchu is located at 2,430 meters (7,972 feet).
CLIMATE / ATTIRE:
Machu Picchu is located in the cloud forest. It is cool in the morning and evenings and warm during the day. We recommend layering your clothing to accommodate the varying temperatures. There are also sand flies (worse than mosquitoes!) that inhabit Machu Picchu and it is recommended to wear long pants and apply insect repellent frequently. Sunscreen and a hat are also a must. Peru is located close to the equator and with the high elevation the sun’s rays are extremely intense.
All additional hikes within Machu Picchu require a separate pre-purchased entrance ticket and must be booked in advance. Please note that Huayna Picchu is the most popular additional hike and sells out fast. This hike should be booked several months in advance to ensure availability:
Current Available Hikes:
– Huayna Picchu
– Huchuy Picchu
– Machu Picchu Mountain
Current Closed Hikes:
– Inti Punku (Sun Gate) – From Machu Picchu
– Inca Bridge
– Temple of the Moon
The ONLY restrooms located at Machu Picchu Archaeological Site is at the main entrance. There is also a fee to use these restrooms, which is currently S/2 per person, per use – so please make sure you bring coins. Once you enter the site there are no restroom facilities available.
RESTROOMS – INCA TRAIL FROM KM104:
The only restrooms available are located at the trailhead, Winay Wayna Archaeological Site and Machu Picchu main entrance. It is free to use the restroom facilities at the trailhead and Winay Wayna, but the facilities at the main entrance of Machu Picchu charges a small fee. The fee is currently S/2 per person, per use.
FOOD & BEVERAGE:
Food is not allowed within Machu Picchu Archaeological Site. Guests should bring enough water for the duration of the tour within the site. Travelers who must eat for medical reasons (e.g. diabetes, hypoglycemia…etc.) will be allowed.
FOOD & BEVERAGE – INCA TRAIL FROM KM104:
Food and beverages are allowed along the Inca Trail from KM104 in the designated area your guide will advise.
All travelers must present their original passport to enter Machu Picchu. Those hiking the Inca Trail from KM104 must show their passports at the trailhead entrance as well as the check-point located just past Winay Wayna Archaeological Site. Please keep this in your daypack at all times. Please also note a souvenir passport stamp is available at Machu Picchu. It is illegal to place this stamp within your official passport. For those wanting the stamp, they should bring an alternate booklet.
There is a resident herd of llamas that lives within Machu Picchu. Please feel free to photograph them, but they should not be fed or harassed.
Once within the site visitors must follow a one-way circuit through the site (backtracking is not allowed). Re-entering the site is prohibited unless the guests need to use the restroom, which is located outside of the site. Please have your ticket and passport with you at all times.
WHAT IS NOT ALLOWED IN MACHU PICCHU:
– Plastic Bottles
– Tripods for Cameras (No Professional Photography Gear Allowed Without a Permit)
– Selfie Sticks
– Large Backpacks (20 Liter Maximum)
– Walking Sticks with Metal Points
*Please note that walking sticks with rubber tips are allowed on the Inca Trail as well as for elderly and disabled people within Machu Picchu Archaeological Site.
– Umbrellas with Metal or Wooden Points
– No Shoes with Metal Heels
– Touching, Sitting or Climbing on the Walls
– Disrespectful Behavior
– Food & Beverages (Other than Water)
– Smoking or Fires
– Jumping Pictures
– Flags or Signs with Commercial Designation
PERU RAIL TRAIN TO/FROM MACHU PICCHU:
– All train passengers must be fully vaccinated and show proof of vaccination prior to boarding.
– A double mask or a KN95 mask is required for all passengers while onboard the train.
– Eating and drinking are not allowed while onboard the train.
BUS TO/FROM MACHU PICCHU:
– A double mask or a KN95 mask is required while onboard the bus.
– Eating and drinking are not allowed while onboard the bus.
MACHU PICCHU ARCHAEOLOGICAL SITE:
– Social distancing must be maintained while waiting to enter the site as well as in between groups within Machu Picchu.
– A mask is required while inside the Machu Picchu Archaeological Site at all times.
– Guests are allowed to briefly remove masks for pictures.
INCA TRAIL FROM KM104:
– Social distancing must be maintained while waiting at the checkpoints as well as in between groups while on the Inca Trail.
– A mask is required while at the checkpoints and in areas where there is conglomeration of trekkers. Masks do not have to be worn while actively trekking when social distancing can be maintained.