Machu Picchu with Children

by Freddy October 31, 2022
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Machu Picchu, famous for being known as one of the Seven Wonders of the Modern World, is visited by more than 2,500 tourists from all over the world every day. Visiting it with the conceited members of the family can seem like a challenge, but in reality it only requires prior planning since we have to choose the right date for our tour in Cusco and Machu Picchu, as well as things like the weather, the best time and the train schedules to the town of Aguas Calientes.
Given the logistics, the length of the trip, and the conditions of the archaeological site, many may be discouraged from taking their children to Machu Picchu. Here we have a list of the things you should consider bringing and doing before traveling to the Inca citadel.

Best time to visit Machu Picchu with children

The weather is an important factor so that your travel to Machu Picchu is the best it can be. Machu Picchu and in general the entire region of Cusco have two defined seasons (rainy season and dry season). Therefore, we recommend you pack clothes according to the season you are planning to visit, for example, for the rainy season, buy a bonnet and poncho for the rain, as well as waterproof jackets and pants, but if you travel during the dry season, you should pack light clothing to feel comfortable in the subtropical heat that Machu Picchu has.

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How to visit Machu Picchu with children?

To visit Machu Picchu with children you must take into account that 4 entrance circuits have been arranged to tour the archaeological complex. which you can see in more detail in the next post ? Machu Picchu entrance circuits

How to buy Machu Picchu tickets for children?

The purchase of entrance tickets to Machu Picchu can be made from the official page of the Ministry of Culture of Peru (machupicchu.gob.pe) or you can also take the services of an agency to buy it for you. It should be noted that children from 0 years old to 2 years old do not pay for the entrance ticket, from 3 years old to 18 years old will pay a special income. Also mention that when buying the tickets you must attach a copy or digital photo of your passport (or identity document) of the father, mother and child, and/or proxy.

What is the ideal age to visit Machu Picchu with children?

In reality, there are no age restrictions to visit Machu Picchu with children, even if they are only months old they can enter the Inca city. what is recommended is that they only be in good health and maintain order within the sanctuary.

Are there discounts at the entrance to Machu Picchu for children?

Those under 18 years of age will have a special discount on the normal price of the Machu Picchu entrance, for which they must present their duly updated documents.

How to get to Machu Picchu with children?

You have two ways to get to Machu Picchu, this will depend on your budget to visit the Inca city. The first option is to take the train service to Machu Picchu, for which you can take the Cusco – Machu Picchu route or the Ollantaytambo – Machu Picchu route.
The second option is taking the alternate road to Machu Picchu for which you must take the service of a bus or minivan that follows the route Cusco – Santa Maria – Santa Teresa – Hydroelectric and the last route you will have to walk until you reach the town of Aguas Calientes (Machu Picchu Pueblo) here you can spend the night and the next day visit the Inca citadel.

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Tips before traveling to Machu Picchu with children

  • Book entrance tickets to Machu Picchu in advance, especially if you travel in high season.
  • If you travel by train you should also book your tickets in advance.
  • Take your appropriate clothes according to the season you are thinking of traveling.
  • For the trip to Machu Picchu, take what is necessary, clothing, basic necessities. Since if you take the second route you will have to do a walk.
  • Bring water and snacks for the road as these go up in price as you get to Machu Picchu.
  • Enter the hygienic services with your children before entering the Inca citadel (once inside Machu Picchu you will not find services).
  • It is not recommended to climb the surrounding mountains (Huayna Picchu Mountain or Machu Picchu Mountain) to the Inca citadel since to climb them children must be in good physical condition.
  • Before leaving Cusco for Machu Picchu, take with you: wide-brimmed hats, insect repellent, and high-grade sunscreen.
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