Are you planning to travel to Machu Picchu with your family?
In this blog we will give you all the advice and suggestions on how, when and prices to visit Machu Picchu with your loved ones and enjoy an unforgettable tour to the beautiful Inca citadel of Machu Picchu.
How to get to Machu Picchu as a family
If you are going to take your children, the first thing to keep in mind is the days that you plan to visit Machu Picchu. There are several ways to get to Machu Picchu.
By Train.- Traveling as a family by train is more comfortable and safer, but it can be even more expensive if they are foreign tourists, since the costs by train are really high, since the cheapest train is the expeditions train, which costs 140 dollars per train. person.
By Minivan.- Another way to get to Machu Picchu more economically is by taking the minivan service along with the route Cusco – Santa Maria – Santa Teresa – Hydroelectric. Upon arrival at the hydroelectric plant, you must start a walk to the town of Aguas Calientes (Machu Picchu Pueblo) this walk lasts approximately 2 hours depending on the physical state in which the members of your family are.
What to bring to Machu Picchu
Whichever way you decide to get to Machu Picchu, we recommend that you do not take too much luggage with you and your family, since on the train they will not allow you to carry more than 5 kilos of luggage and if you travel by minivan you have to take into account that you will make a long trip in just one day, so we advise you to bring what you need.
- Take the personal documents of your relatives.
- If you are traveling with children, we recommend that you bring light clothing, candies and dried fruit for the journey.
- You must bring sunscreen and mosquito nets.
- Bring plenty of water to keep you and your children hydrated.
The best time to travel as a family to Machu Picchu
If you are wondering what is the best time to travel as a family, let me tell you that the best season is between the months of April to November because it is the dry season in the highlands of Peru. However, you can also visit Machu Picchu in the rainy season between December to March since it is a season where the landscapes have spectacular colors.
How to travel as a family against Covid 19
Although we are in a time where we are facing the coronavirus pandemic, traveling to Machu Picchu is totally safe since the international health entity Safe Travels has certified Machu Picchu as a safe destination against Covid-19.
To enter the Inca citadel of Machu Picchu, you must comply with the provisions issued by the Peruvian government and by the health entities that we describe below.
- Maintain social distancing of at least 1 meter.
- You must wear a mask.
- You must wear a face mask.
- Carry a bottle with 95% alcohol. (optional).
- Group visits should not exceed 9 people.
- The delivery of printed material such as maps or brochures will be avoided.
- The temperature of all attendees will be taken and admission will be denied to people with a temperature above 37 degrees.
Book the Tickets to Machu Picchu
With the new provisions before the covid-19, the entrances to Machu Picchu also underwent changes in the entrance hours as well as the availability of the tickets. It is important to know that the purchase of entrance tickets to Machu Picchu is made through its official website machupicchu.gob.pe, however, you can also purchase them in person at its premises in Cusco and Aguas Calientes. It is worth mentioning that children under three years of age do not pay the entrance fee to Machu Picchu.