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Frequently asked questions about Machu Picchu

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The city of Machu Picchu is one of the favorite destinations of all adventurers, however before traveling we ask ourselves a variety of frequently asked questions about this magnificent place, regarding where it is located, how is its climate, how high it is and know a little about its history, among other things.

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

Where is Machu Picchu located?

The Inca citadel of Machu Picchu is located in the province of Urubamba, district of Machu Picchu, Cusco region, 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 appointment for its imposing beauty and its fantastic archaeological construction, it is known that the Spanish could not reach this site and would be almost intact since its Inca construction, there shows all its organization, architecture and Inca engineering.

Why was Machu Picchu built?

We don't really 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 built Machu Picchu?

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

So he sent several of his men along with the people who had been conquered to build the huge Inca construction that we can still see today.

At what altitude is Machu Picchu built?

It is built on top of the mountain of the same name at an altitude of 2,400 meters, located in a subtropical zone and bordering the Andes and the Amazon rainforest.

How much luggage you are 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 visiting time in the archaeological site is 2 hours and once you leave you can not return, then I will explain briefly:

Circuit 1: The visit includes visiting different points such as the House of the Guardian (you can take the classic photo), upper and lower platforms, the Mirador of the Temple of the Sun, Plaza del Pisonay, among other sites to visit. To access this circuit you must buy the ticketonly llaqta Machu Picchu. To access this circuit you must buy the ticketonly llaqta Machu Picchu.

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 ticketonly llaqta Machu Picchu. To access this circuit you must buy the ticketonly llaqta Machu Picchu.

Circuit 3: This circuit takes us through the lower part of the citadel, you will see the water mirrors, Temple of the Sun, the agricultural area, the House of the Inca, note that this tour does not include the classic photo, as it is made for older people. To access this circuit, you must buy the Ticket llaqta Machu Picchu + Machu Picchu mountain.

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.

Circuit 5: We visit the lower part of the llaqta like the previous ones, but in this circuit we have the option to visit the Inca bridge. To access this circuit, you must buy the Machu Picchu llaqta + Inca Bridge Ticket.

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 than 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 that will explain you throughout your visit to the Machu Picchu llaqta. However, some people 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 one rainy, I could not tell you which is the best time to travel to Machu Picchu because this will depend on the experience of each one; however the most visited date is the dry season because there is no rain, and the sunrise impresses you with a bright sun and allows you to appreciate in all its splendor the 7 wonder of the world Machu Picchu.

What is the maximum limit of visitors to Machu Picchu?

According to the Ministry of Culture, Peru established a cap of 4,044 visits per day and to visit the Huayna Picchu mountain there are 200 tickets 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, in case of non-compliance will generate the immediate expulsion of visitors without rights to reimbursement and start the corresponding legal actions.

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

It is not allowed to enter with any illegal substance, alcohol or being in an alcoholic state, not to carry walking sticks, umbrellas, umbrellas, tripods, camera, or cell phone stands and more. It is not allowed to enter with animals, except for guide dogs.

It is forbidden to make loud or annoying noises such as clapping, shouting, whistling, singing, jumping and others. You can not enter with banners, poles, posters, or 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 learn about all the restrictions https://www.machupicchu.gob.pe/prohibiciones/.

How far in advance should I book Machu Picchu?

If you are planning to travel in high season, I recommend reserving your tickets 4 to 5 weeks in advance, because at 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 you can enjoy your visit to Machu Picchu, now if you want to visit the mountain Huayna Picchu, I recommend you book with 3 to 4 months in advance; because to climb the mountain they only give access to 200 tickets per day and in high season is the most requested.

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