When’s the best time of year to tour Machu Picchu?

Machu Picchu is one of the best places to visit in Peru from May to November, marking a typically dry season (though there is always a chance of rain). Months between June and August are the most popular with tourists. When planning a trip to Machu Picchu, aim to visit the ancient site either at the beginning or end of the dry season and on a weekday. This way you can skip the intense crowds and even enjoy warmer temperatures on Machu Picchu.

Do I need to purchase my Machu Picchu entrance ticket in advance?

While it is possible to purchase entrance tickets to Machu Picchu upon arrival to Cusco (from tourist agencies and the local Banco de la Nacion), it is not possible to buy tickets at the Machu Picchu site itself. We strongly advise purchasing in advance, especially during the high season (June-September) when entrance tickets to one of Peru’s best tourist attractions are likely to sell out.

What should I pack for my Machu Picchu tour?

Visitors to Machu Picchu are advised to prepare for all types of weather as it can vary drastically. It’s best to dress in layers that can be removed and placed back on throughout the day. Pack a few pairs each of light pants (comfortable for hiking and walking), thin long-sleeved shirts and t-shirts, as well as a warm jacket, beanie, a brimmed sun hat, a pair of sunglasses and hiking shoes. Bring a day pack to fill with water, snacks, insect repellent and of course sunscreen. Nearly all of these items will serve you for your trip to the Amazon as well.

How can I prevent altitude sickness?

The high altitude of Cusco city (3,400 m.a.s.l.) and Machu Picchu (2,430 m.a.s.l.) can be a shock to new arrivals, resulting in stomachaches, headaches, nausea, and other undesirable side effects. In order to prevent altitude sickness (or soroche, as it is referred to in Spanish) it’s advised to give yourself at least one full day to acclimate before any physical exertion. Take the time to walk at a leisurely pace around Cusco (or Aguas Calientes, if you take a train directly there upon arrival). Avoid eating heavy meals and alcohol, and drink plenty of water throughout your stay.

Where can I find safe drinking water?

Potable water is limited in remote areas of Peru, and it is advised to avoid drinking directly from the faucet even in the capital city of Lima. Bottled water is readily available from supermarkets and kiosks supported by the local municipalities that are commonly found on street corners.

Do I need a converter or adapter for my electronics?

On your Machu Picchu vacation, or in any city within Peru, the standard is 220V and 60Hz AC electricity so you’ll need a voltage converter for 120V devices. Electrical outlets typically use either the two-pronged style with flat, parallel blades or two round prongs.

Have questions regarding your trip to the Amazon? Please refer to our FAQ section here.