Machu Picchu is located in the Eastern Cordillera of southern Peru, on a 7,970-feet mountain ridge. It is located in the Cusco Region, Province of Urubamba, in Machupicchu District, 50 miles northwest of Cuzco. The Urubamba River flows through this valley cutting towards the Cordillera creating a canyon with a tropical mountain climate.

Machu Picchu is open the whole year, and although peak season is July and August, you should always expect crowds, especially on Sundays.

What can you do in Aguas Calientes? This town was named after its thermal spring. It is open to the public from 5:00 am to 8:00 pm and the entrance fee is 20 Soles ($6) per person.

Tickets to Machu Picchu Citadel: There are official ticket offices in Cusco and Aguas Calientes where you can purchase in person the day before you wish to enter. Ticket price is 152 Soles ($45) per person.

Bring: As much water as you can, rain jacket (even if it is a sunny day), use a high SPF sunscreen and wear a hat. Don’t forget to carry some soles coins to access the restrooms. You will need to exit the gate if you go to the restroom or if you want to grab some food, and then you will have to show your passport and the ticket to re-enter the citadel.

Don’t bring: Drones, umbrellas, walking sticks or trekking poles since they are prohibited. If you require a stick for mobility, this must have protective rubber tips over the ends.

Don’t miss: Get the novelty Machu Picchu stamp in your passport right outside the entrance gates.
You can enter the citadel multiple times between 6:00 am and 4:00 pm (the site closes at 5:00 pm).

Huayna Picchu Peak: The view from this peak of the Incan ruins is a highlight, but be aware that some sections of this strenuous trail are very narrow and steep. Fee 48 Soles ($15) per person.

Machu Picchu Peak: This trail is almost entirely stairs. Fee 48 Soles ($15) per person.

Free hikes at the citadel: You can have fantastic views of the overall site by walking up to the Sun Gate (about two hours round trip). You can also make the short walk to the Incan Bridge (less than an hour round trip) to see a precarious section of trail built by the Incas along a rock face.

Where to eat: There is a casual café bar right outside the entrance gates, and only one sit-down-restaurant option ($40 per person).

Eduardo Reyes

Thanks to Mediamerse for the 360° video.

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