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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.

Altitude

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

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