8 things you wish you knew before visiting Machu Picchu
1. There are three ways to get to Machu Picchu, but a car isn’t one of them.
You can hike, take a train and/or ride a bus to get to it.
2. There are no bathrooms once you get past the gates.
It’s because Machu Picchu is a UNESCO World Heritage site, the public bathroom for visitors it’s outside of the park, and it costs 2 Soles, about US$60 cents to use it.
3. And there are no places to purchase food or water either.
So make sure you plan ahead. It’s important to drink lots of water if you’re experiencing even the slightest bit of altitude sickness.
4. Thinking of hiking Huayna Picchu or Mount Machu Picchu? You’ll need a separate ticket.
Only a limited number of visitors are allowed to hike Huayna Picchu and Mount Machu Picchu each day, so book your tickets in advance!
5. You’re photographing it right? Just DON’T bring a tripod.
It is not allow to enter with tripods, trekking poles, large backpacks or walking sticks
6. History buff or not, you must enter with a guide.
Guides must be official Machu Picchu or licensed tour guides
7. Once you’re inside the park, you can only exit twice.
Starting in July 2017, Peru’s Ministry of Culture mandated that entrance tickets to Machu Picchu would be split into two entrance times:
AM Entrance from 6 AM to noon and
PM Entrance from noon to 5:30 PM.
8. Before you leave, make sure to stamp your passport.
Just to confirm you were there.