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The economic camping of Machu Picchu Pueblo

The cheap camping site of Machu Picchu Pueblo (also called Aguas Calientes town) is the cheapest place to spend the night during the trip to the wonder of the world. It is a country space located just 1.3 kilometers from the town. There, for only 15 soles per night (4 USD) you can pitch your tent and enjoy a night under the stars. It is the preferred space for backpackers and adventurers who dream of visiting the Inca citadel.

Campamento Municipal Machu Picchu
Municipal Camp – Machu Picchu

Rules in the camping of Machupicchu Pueblo

Registration for a camping space is mandatory. For this, it is mandatory to show the identity document or passport. Pets are not accepted. It is recommended to take care of personal belongings. Demand proof of payment when entering.

What is the municipal camping of Machu Picchu?

  • The Machupicchu municipal campsite is a space available for tourists to camp cheaply on the trip to the Inca citadel.
  • The campsite has green areas, showers, toilets, a space to eat indoors and, above all, plenty of space to leave the tents and spend the night.
  • Camping is a service offered by the Municipality of Machupicchu Pueblo. It is the perfect place for backpacking tourists from different parts of the world.
  • From the Machu Picchu municipal campsite you can visit other tourist attractions such as the butterfly garden, the Manuel Chávez Ballón site museum or, about 7 kilometers uphill, the archaeological site of Machupicchu.

Where it is located?

How to get there from Machu Picchu Pueblo?

To get to Machupicchu Pueblo from the city of Cusco you must take a tourist train. Then, from the town of Aguas Calientes, you can get to the municipal campsite through a path on foot that follows this route:

  • From Aguas Calientes take Hermanos Ayar avenue, the same one that is parallel to the Vilcanota river.
  • The walk takes approximately 15 minutes. The municipal campsite is located on the left side of the Hiram Bingham highway (where the buses going to Machupicchu go).

How much does it cost to camp there?

The cost per tent in the Machu Picchu Pueblo campsite is 15 Peruvian soles per night (approximately 4 US dollars).

The carp washing service costs 15 Peruvian soles.

Hours of operation

The municipal campsite of Machu Picchu Pueblo is open from Monday to Sunday from 4:30 in the morning to 9:30 in the morning. Also from 3.30 in the afternoon until 6 pm.

Other options to spend the night in Machu Picchu Pueblo

Machu Picchu Pueblo offers several options to spend the night. Here are some of the best options.

  • Cheap Hostels – Prices range from $15 to $20 per night. The most recommended hostels are: Supertramp Hostel / Illary Inn Hotel / Machupicchu Packer Hotel / Machu Picchu Guest House Hotel / Hostel Machu Picchu Land B&B / Casa Machu Picchu Hostel.
  • 3-star hotels – Prices range from $40 to $100 per night. The most recommended 3-star hotels are: Casa Andina Standard Machu Picchu / Waman Hotel Machu Picchu / Hotel Ferre Machu Picchu / Hotel La Cabaña Machu Picchu / Gringo Bill’s Hotel Machu Picchu / Hotel Panorama B&B / Jaya Hotel Machu Picchu.
  • 4-star hotels – Prices range from $120 to $450 per night. The most recommended 4-star hotels are: Inkaterra Machupicchu Pueblo Hotel / Tierra Viva Machu Picchu Hotel / Taypikala Hotel Boutique Machu Picchu / Casa del Sol Machu Picchu Hotel.
  • 5-star hotels – Prices range from $700 to $1250 per night. There are only two 5 star hotels in Machu Picchu: Belmond Sanctuary Lodge / Beautiful Machu Picchu Hotel.

What else to see in Machupicchu Pueblo?

These are some tourist attractions that you can visit in Machupicchu Pueblo:

  • Machu Picchu Butterfly Garden – This butterfly research center has a great diversity of butterflies in captivity. It is estimated that in Peru there are more than 4 thousand species of butterflies. However, there are few butterfly farms in the country. The cost is 10 soles for adults and 5 soles for children.
  • Manuel Chávez Ballón Site Museum – This museum is also called ‘Machu Picchu Site Museum’ because it has a sample of ceramic pieces, lithic objects and tools found in the first excavations in the citadel Inca at the beginning of the 20th century. Admission is free with the entrance to Machupicchu from noon. Includes a visit to a beautiful botanical garden.
  • Thermal Baths of Aguas Calientes – Machupicchu Pueblo, also called Aguas Calientes, is famous for its thermal baths located in the upper part of the town. These offer wells with natural waters whose temperatures start at 38ºC. up to 44ºC. The entrance ticket costs 20 soles for foreign adults and 10 soles for Peruvian adults.
  • Machu Picchu Archaeological Site – Machupicchu is, without a doubt, one of the best tourist attractions on the planet. It is located just 8 kilometers on foot from the town of Aguas Calientes (bus trip only 30 minutes). It offers Inca constructions with a lot of history as well as incredible landscapes. The entrance ticket costs 152 soles for foreign adults and 64 soles for Peruvian adults. It is impossible not to visit it being so close!


By Ticket Machu Picchu – Last updated, January 6, 2023