One of the 7 wonders of the world, Machu Picchu is the most visited tourist destination in Peru. A symbol of the Incan Empire Machu Picchu is 7,972 feet above sea level in the Andes Mountains. It was built around 1450AD. UNESCO designated Machu Picchu a World Heritage Site in 1983.

In this article, I will share all details that you have to know before Machu Picchu Hike.

Things to know before hiking Machu Picchu

I will try to explain all points shortly. Please read carefully and don’t miss any points.

  1. You need to buy your ticket in advance. Try to buy a ticket before 6 months. During peak season, maybe you will not find any ticket available before 1 year.
  2. Keep your ticket printed before visiting Machu Picchu.
  3. You will need your passport number to purchase a ticket to hike Machu Picchu. Also, keep your passport with you when you hike Machu Picchu. You will get stamped while visiting Machu Picchu.
  4. Try to visit Machu Picchu in the morning. Otherwise, you may not get time to see Machu Picchu.
  5. There Are No Bathrooms Beyond the Main Entrance. You’ll find a restaurant and bathroom just outside the gate at Machu Picchu.
  6. If you don’t have a guide with you still want to hike. Don’t worry, when you arrive at Machu Picchu, there will be plenty of guides outside the entrance offering their service to you.
  7. Machu Picchu is near the equator. So, don’t forget to bring the right clothes and sunblock before visiting. Wear pants instead of shorts. The biting insects in Machu Picchu are merciless.
  8. A larger bag is not allowed. The allowed bag size is (15.7 inches x 13.7 inches x 7.9 inches).
  9. You can take a water bottle when hiking Machu Picchu.
  10. You can use Bus and train to visit Machu Picchu.

Best time to visit Machu Picchu

It rains often at Machu Picchu during the wet season (November–March). That’s why you can’t hike at Machu Picchu in the wet season. If you want the best chance to see Machu Picchu, you should plan to go in the dry season (May-October). The busiest period is from June to August.

Best Tour packages for Machu Pichu Hike

If you don’t want to take risks also want to explore Peru, you can purchase any package tour from here. I research and collect some best Machu Picchu tour package for you. If you purchase any package, then they will guide you, purchase your ticket, serve your meal, book transportation for you, etc. So, you don’t have to take the stress.

We know that Machu Picchu is a historical place. But, there are many other hills and historical places located there. When you make a plan to visit Machu Picchu why not explore others? So, I suggest you book a package from here.

1. Ultimate Salkantay Trek to Machu Picchu – 5 Days

A group photo taken after Machu Picchu Hike
Photo from TourRadar

Highlights

  • Challenge yourself and hike the Salkantay Trail
  • Admire the serene natural beauty of the Sacred Valley
  • Celebrate your victory with ‘that’ photo of Machu Picchu
  • Trek through the picturesque scenery of the Andes

Destinations you will visit: Cusco, Salkantay Mountain, Lucmabamba, Llaqtapata, Aguas Calientes, Machu Picchu

2. Salkantay Trek to Machu Picchu – 8 Days

Group photo at the top of Machu Picchu hills
Photo from TourRadar

Highlights

  • Challenge yourself and hike the Salkantay Trail
  • Admire the serene natural beauty of the Sacred Valley
  • Celebrate your victory with ‘that’ photo of Machu Picchu
  • Trek through the picturesque scenery of the Andes

Destinations you will visit: Cusco, Sacred Valley, Pisac, Ollantaytambo, Moray, Salkantay Mountain, Llaqtapata, Aguas Calientes, Machu Picchu

3. Andean Experience Through the Living Culture of the Incas – 7 Days

A girl seeing Machu Picchu Hills
Photo from TourRadar

Highlights

  • Arrive at Machu Picchu before sunrise and the crowds
  • Get an insight into South American culture and history
  • Meet Andean animals at the sanctuary of Cochawasi
  • Discover hidden treasures at the famous Pisaq market

Destinations you will visit: Cusco, Sacred Valley, Machu Picchu, Ollantaytambo, Maras, Moray, Chinchero, Pisac

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