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Machu Picchu
Travel Planning
Machu Picchu

Machu Picchu at a Glance

Machu Picchu is on many South American travelers' to-do list and this splendid city doesn't disappoint. May to September are the site's most crowded months, but Machu Picchu is awe inspiring at any time of year. 

Visitors to Machu Picchu breath the same high, thin air as the Incans did and may need a few days to acclimate. Move slowly and soak in the grandeur of this city that was hidden from Spanish conquerors and only re-remembered in the 20th century. While travelers can explore a part of the city in a day trip, the multi-day Incan Trail takes trekkers past numerous ruins and a through fascinating tour of the Incan's architectural, construction and engineering accomplishments. 

At the end of the Incan trail, there is nothing like the famous sunrise at the Sun Gate. Get here early so you are sure not to miss it. 

What to Expect
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June - August
Low Season
September - May
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      Getting There
      Major Airports
      • Major Airport Jorge Chávez International Airport
      • Major Airport Alejandro Velasco Astete International Airport

      Passport / Visa Requirements

      Travelers from the United States, Canada and the EU need a valid passport to enter the country on trips of less than 90 days. Upon arrival, you'll be stamped and given an immigration card. Travelers must keep their passports and the card them at all times, especially in rural areas and on the Inca Trail where it is required by law. For security reasons, make a photocopy of your documents and store it in a different place than the originals. When you leave the country, you return the immigration card so it is important not to lose it. Travelers seeking more information can contact the Peruvian Embassy in their country. American citizens can also use the U.S State Department website as a resource. 

      Getting Around
      Public Transportation
      • Railroad Aguas Calientes Station
      • Bus Machu Picchu Buses
      Need to Know

      Severe Weather and Seismic Activity Peru has earthquakes. Peru has dry highlands, the cold, high Andes and a coastal tropical region. In all areas, rain can cause flooding during the wet season or during an El Nino year. Nights are frequently much colder than the day in places with higher elevation. 

      Safety Concerns Pickpockets and bag slashers are common in Peru so take the precaution of holding your backs tightly in public. Leave your bag between your feet when on buses and be wary of carrying a backpack or anything you can't see. You must carry your passport in Machu Picchu and on the Incan Trail. Take steps to protect it. 

      Health Concerns Speak with your health care provider about vaccinations and health preparations at least two months before your trip. Visitors should come prepared to purify their water either by boiling it vigorously for 1-3 minutes or by sending it through a filter.