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Are you coming to Machu Picchu with children? You have to read this

Machu Picchu is the ideal place to visit with children. In 2007, it was chosen as one of the 7 wonders of the modern world. She was buried for 400 years until – children love this story – Hiram Bingham came to the Inca City ‘led by a child’. That is how Machu Picchu was made known to the world in 1911.



Family in Machu Picchu
Family with children enjoying their visit to Machu Picchu

Children under 8 years of age enter Machu Picchu for free. Children between 8 and 17 years old have a special discount on the purchase of the ticket. Children under 12 can not enter Huayna Picchu.


How to visit Machu Picchu with children?

  • You can plan your visit to Machu Picchu in Cusco for 4 days.
  • On day 1 you can visit Cusco. On day 2, travel to Aguas Calientes. On day 3, visit Machu Picchu. Finally, day 4 will return to the city of Cuzco.
  • Machu Picchu is one of the best experiences you can have with your children.
  • It will be those unforgettable moments, that one treasures the rest of his life.
  • However you should take your precautions. Machu Picchu is 2430 meters above sea level (7,970 ft.). At that altitude you should avoid the symptoms of altitude sickness.

What is the recommended age for children to visit Machu Picchu?

  • Machu Picchu can be visited by children of any age.
  • Even babies can visit the Inca City as long as they do it with a kangaroo baby carrier.
  • A good option for children under 6 or 7 years old is to visit Machu Picchu in the company of an entertaining tourist guide.
  • Children under 8 years old do not pay their entrance fee to Machu Picchu.
  • Children under 12 can not enter the mountain Huayna Picchu.

What places to visit with children in Machu Picchu?

  • The Inca City of Machu Picchu offers constructions that can catch the mind of the child. The Temple of the Condor, for example, is a mysterious 3D building.
  • The Machu Picchu mountain is one of the adventures allowed to children of any age. Climbing to the top is difficult but offers safe roads and beautiful landscapes.
  • A few meters from Aguas Calientes (Machu Picchu village) is the Site Museum. There is also a butterfly garden and botanical garden ideal to be visited with children.

How to be safe on your trip to Machu Picchu with children?

  • Most Machu Picchu trails are stone paths that can be slippery.
  • It is recommended to come with non-slip shoes. Especially if you visit the Inca City with children.
  • Within Machu Picchu there are hundreds of vigilantes, marked barriers and laces of security that no person should cross.
  • Remember that parents or adults are primarily responsible for the safety of children who must be closely monitored.

How to buy Machu Picchu tickets for children?

To buy an entrance to Machu Picchu for children you must follow the following steps:

  • Enter the website of the Ministry of Culture of Peru or an authorized tourism agency.
  • Fill in your personal data and those of the child.
  • Send a copy or digital photo of your passport (or identity document) of the father, mother and child.
  • Make the payment by card (usually Visa or MasterCard).
  • Print the entries you will receive in your email.
  • Print your tickets and present them the day of your visit to Machu Picchu.

Are there discounts on the Machu Picchu entrance for children?

  • People under 18 have a discount on the normal price of the Machu Picchu entrance.
  • Children under 8 years old do not pay their entrance fee to Machu Picchu.
  • To access the special discount, parents or guardians must make the purchase of tickets by presenting the identity document or passport of the child.
  • Remember that children can not enter Machu Picchu if it is not in the company of their parents or persons empowered.

All children (and minors) enter Machu Picchu in the company of their parents or a proxy. If it comes with babies, the parents should take it in kangaroo baby carriers.


What are the entry times to Machu Picchu and its mountains?

The entrance to the Inca City of Machu Picchu has 9 schedules or entry shifts. In addition, the Huayna Picchu and Montaña Mountains have 3 visits.

  • Hours in the Inca City of Machu Picchu

    • First shift: from 6 am
    • Second shift: from 7 a.m.
    • Third shift: from 8 a.m.
    • Fourth shift: from 9 a.m.
    • Fifth shift: from 10 a.m.
    • Sixth shift: from 11 a.m.
    • Seventh shift: from 12 p.m.
    • Eighth shift: from 1 pm
    • Ninth shift: from 2 pm

  • Hours in the mountain Huayna Picchu

    • First turn:
      • Hours in Machu Picchu: admission from 6 am
      • Hours in Huayna Picchu: entry from 7 am to 8 am
    • Second shift:
      • Hours in Machu Picchu: entry from 7 am
      • Hours in Huayna Picchu: entry from 7 am to 8 am
    • Third shift:
      • Hours in Machu Picchu: entry from 8 a.m.
      • Hours in Huayna Picchu: entrance from 10.30 am to 11.30 am

  • Hours in the Machu Picchu mountain

    • First turn:
      • Hours in Machu Picchu: admission from 6 am
      • Schedule in the Mountain: entry from 7 am to 8 am
    • Second shift:
      • Hours in Machu Picchu: entry from 7 am
      • Mountain Hours: entry from 7 am to 8 am
    • Third shift:
      • Hours in Machu Picchu: entry from 8 a.m.
      • Mountain Hours: entry from 9 am to 10 am

  • Hours at the Machu Picchu Site Museum

    • Hours in Machu Picchu: 9 turns of the ‘Machu Picchu Solo’ ticket.
    • Museum hours: from 8 am to 4 pm

How to go from Aguas Calientes to Machu Picchu with children?

Couple with baby in Machu Picchu
Children of all ages can visit the Inca city of Machu Picchu

How is the train route to Machu Picchu?

  • The train route takes tourists from the Ollantaytambo station to the town of Aguas Calientes.
  • During the train journey you can appreciate the beautiful landscapes of the Sacred Valley of the Incas.
  • In addition, some train services offer lunch and shows on board.
  • Do not forget that children enjoy train travel. That is why boarding trains to Machu Picchu may be one of the best decisions you can make if you come with children.
  • The train route is considered among the most amazing short routes in the world and they will love it.

What route to follow in Machu Picchu?

  • Currently, there is a limited time to visit Machu Picchu: 4 hours after entering the Inca City.
  • The Inca city is a labyrinth of houses, stone walls, platforms and other impressive constructions.
  • Children will prefer to approach the flames that live in Machu Picchu. There you can get good pictures.
  • The tour with a tour guide will take you through the main temples such as: the Temple of the Sun, Temple of the Condor, the Intihuatana and others.

Recommendations before going to Machu Picchu with children

  • Remember that within the Inca City there are no places where you can buy food or drinks so bring snacks and plenty of water with you.
  • On the other hand, there are only hygienic services at the entrance to Machu Picchu: ask the children if they want to enter the bathroom before entering the Inca City.
  • Follow the directions provided by the tour guide in Machu Picchu.
  • Keep a close eye on the children if you travel the Machu Picchu mountain.

 

By Ticket Machu Picchu – Last updated, July 20, 2019