Visiting Machu Picchu? Here’s What You Need to Know

Machu Picchu isn’t just a popular global tourist destination. It’s a significant legacy of the Inca civilization. Even though this UNESCO World Heritage site isn’t easily accessible, thousands of tourists and backpackers trek out to see it each day.

If you plan to visit Machu Picchu, you need to be aware of a few important details about this ancient citadel. Sam Travel Peru has come up with this handy guide to get you familiar with the site.

Entrances and Permits

Machu Picchu isn’t your ordinary tourist attraction where you can just pop in and take photos. Peru’s Ministry of Cultures requires all foreign nationals to present a permit and a passport at the entry gates.

When you book with us, we get the permit for you. The number of permits is limited, so we recommend you plan your trip months in advance.


The ancient UNESCO site is 7,710 feet above sea level. The altitude may lead to a condition known as acute mountain sickness (AMS), commonly known as altitude sickness. Some of the worst effects are extreme nausea, shortness of breath and dizzying headaches. You can reduce the severity of the symptoms by:

  • Taking your time (no running or rushing)
  • Taking frequent breaks
  • Drinking lots of water before and during the trek
  • Getting plenty of sleep

Essential Items to Pack

Getting to the Incan ruins is a journey and an experience that requires careful planning and preparation. Apart from your passport, make sure to bring the following:

  • Sun Protection —Machu Picchu has a high elevation, which means you’ll need sunblock to protect your skin. Wearing sunglasses, a hat and protective clothing is also encouraged.
  • Sturdy Shoes —This popular Inca complex consists of over 200 buildings situated across a series of wide terraces. You’ll need a durable pair of hiking shoes if you plan to do some additional scaling during your visit.
  • Drinking Water and Snacks —All the trekking under the hot sun can make you thirsty and hungry. Prevent dehydration and stay active by bringing water and light snacks with you on your journey.

Taking note of this important Machu Picchu visiting information will help you enjoy your journey to this magnificent citadel. For further information about our treks and tours, give us a call at (347) 480-1609.


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Visiting Machu Picchu? Here’s What You Need to Know


Tree Planting Project

SAM Travel Peru is a socially responsible tour operator concerned about the environment. Our Plant A Tree campaign creates awareness to local communities and the citizens of the city of Cusco that deforestation issue in the Andes Mountains is a serious one. As each year, many mountain slopes are void of trees and that causes a huge decline in the wildlife.

Dreams Come True For Student

December of 2017, SAM Travel Peru fulfilled the dreams of 36 children and their parents from the indigenous community of Pampamarca way up in the Andean mountains in the south of Cusco. They got to tour Cusco City, Sacred Valley and the Citadel of Machu Picchu all paid for by SAM Travel Peru. These are children do not have the resources nor ability for many reasons to be able to experience the historical sites of their Inca heritage. Sam Travel Peru wants to give them a once in a lifetime experience up close and in person of their heritage and restore their pride in their culture, history and Inca heritage.

Our Christmas Party In The Andes

We kick off our annual Christmas social project focused on helping communities surrounding the imperial city of Cusco and the Sacred Valley. We journeyed towards the community of Pacchanta, located within the district of Ocongate (home to Ausangate Mountain). This quaint and isolated community is home to about 400 people or so. SAM Travel Peru was able to complete this project successfully with the help of its dedicated team members!

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