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Frequently Asked Questions about Machu Picchu


The city of Machu Picchu is one of the favorite destinations of every adventurer, however before traveling we ask ourselves a variety of frequently asked questions about this magnificent place, regarding where it is located, what its climate is like, at what altitude it is located and knowing a little about its history, among other things.

For this reason, we have prepared some answers to these frequently asked questions or doubts that we have about this attraction. We will answer each of them very punctually, in this way we will be clearing up some of your doubts.

The Inca citadel of Machu Picchu is located in the province of Urubamba, district of Machu Picchu, region of Cusco, northeast of the city of Cusco.

What is the climate like in Machu Picchu?

It is located in the jungle and has a cool and warm climate, depending on the season (dry or rainy) in which it is located we will have sunny or rainy days.

In what year was Machu Picchu named wonder of the world?

It was recognized as one of the 7 wonders of the world on June 7, 2007. It earned this designation for its imposing beauty and fantastic archaeological construction. It is known that the Spanish could not reach this site and it would be almost intact since its Inca construction. , there it shows all its organization, architecture and Inca engineering.

Why was Machu Picchu built?

In reality we do not have the exact definition of why it was built , however researchers accept that Machu Picchu would have been a royal retreat center where the emperor and his guests relaxed and hunted, as well as entertained dignitaries and their other guests.

Who ordered the construction of Machu Picchu?

It was ordered to be built during the Inca expansion, at that time the governor was the Inca Pachacuteq (1450), and to carry out this type of large constructions and on the top of said mountains, several men had to be needed to build them.

So he sent several of his men along with the settlers who had been conquered to carry out the enormous Inca construction that we can see today.

How high is Machu Picchu built?

It is built on the top of the mountain that bears the same name at an altitude of 2,400 meters, located in a subtropical zone and borders between the Andes and the Amazon jungle.

How much luggage is allowed to take on the train to Machu Picchu?

Your luggage should not exceed 5 kilos in PeruRail and 8 kilos in IncaRail , so we recommend that you carry what you need in your backpack or hand luggage.

How many circuits are there to visit Machu Picchu?

We have 5 new circuits in Machu Picchu, the visit time at the archaeological site is 2 hours and once you leave you cannot return, I will briefly explain below :

  1. Circuit 1: The visit includes visiting different points such as the Guardian’s House (you can take the classic photo), upper and lower platforms, the Mirador del Templo del Sol, Plaza del Pisonay, among other places to visit. To access this circuit you must buy the Ticket only llaqta Machu Picchu.
  2. Circuit 2: This circuit allows you to visit the main Temple, Temple of the Sun, the House of the Guardian (classic photo), Temple of the 3 Windows, Intihuatana, Sacred Rock among others to visit. To access this circuit you must buy the Ticket only llaqta Machu Picchu.
  3. Circuit 3: This circuit takes us through the lower part of the citadel, you will be able to see the water mirrors, Temple of the Sun, the agricultural area, the House of the Inca, keep in mind that this tour does not include the classic photo, since it is made for older people. To access this circuit you must buy the Machu Picchu llaqta ticket + Machu Picchu mountain.
  4. Circuit 4: Also visit the lower part of the llaqta, you can see the agricultural area, the House of the Inca, Temple of the Sun, Sacred Rock, this circuit does not allow you to have the classic photo, but you can go to the Huayna Picchu mountain. To access this circuit you must buy the Ticket llaqta Machu Picchu + Huayna Picchu mountain.
  5. Circuit 5: We visit the lower part of the llaqta like the previous ones, but in this circuit we have the option of visiting the Inca bridge. To access this circuit you must buy the Ticket llaqta Machu Picchu + Inca Bridge.

Is a guide required to visit Machu Picchu?

This will depend on whether you go independently or with an agency, for example if you go independently and want to know more about the place then you can hire a guide in Machu Picchu town.

Now if you are traveling with a travel agency, they are in charge of providing you with a bilingual guide or in the language you hired who will explain your entire visit to the Machu Picchu llaqta. However, some decide to explore the entire citadel by themselves.

What is the best time to get to Machu Picchu?

Cusco has two seasons, one dry and the other rainy. I couldn’t tell you which is the best time to travel to Machu Picchu because this will depend on each person’s experience; However, the most visited date is the dry season because there is no rain, and the dawn impresses you with a resplendent sun and allows you to appreciate the 7 wonder of the world Machu Picchu in all its splendor.

What is the maximum limit of visitors to Machu Picchu?

According to the Ministry of Culture, Peru established a limit of 4,044 visits per day and to visit the Huayna Picchu mountain there are 200 admissions available per day.

What are the restrictions in Machu Picchu?

To enter Machu Picchu we have a variety of restrictions that we must abide by during your visit to the llaqta. Failure to comply will result in the immediate expulsion of the visitor without the right to a refund and the corresponding legal actions will begin.

Among the restrictions in Machu Picchu are: you cannot carry large backpacks, bring large amounts of food, snacks are allowed as long as you do not throw the wrappers at the archaeological site.

The entry of any illegal substance, alcohol or being in an alcoholic state is not permitted, and no walking sticks, umbrellas, umbrellas, tripods, camera or cell phone holders and more are allowed. You cannot enter with animals except for the guide dog.

It is prohibited to make loud or annoying noises such as clapping, shouting, whistling, singing, you cannot jump among others. You cannot enter with banners, poles, posters, or for other advertising purposes and more. There are more restrictions that we must take into account before entering, I leave you the link so you can find out about all the restrictions

How far in advance should I reserve Machu Picchu?

If you are planning to travel during high season, I recommend booking your tickets 4 to 5 weeks in advance, because during this time there is no rain and most visitors take advantage of this season to visit.

Now if you are going to visit in low season then you can book 1 or 2 weeks in advance so that you can quietly enjoy your visit to Machu Picchu, now if you want to visit the Huayna Picchu mountain I recommend you book 3 to 4 months in advance; Because to go up the mountain they only give access to 200 tickets per day and in the high season it is the most requested.

These are some of the frequently asked questions that we ask ourselves before visiting the Inca city. Although it is true there are more questions to answer, if any of them are not clear to you or you have questions, you can write to us at or Leave us a message on our WhatsApp +51 974 217 700 or +51 984 641 020 and we will be ready to answer all your questions.

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