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Altitude of Machu Picchu
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How high is Machu Picchu?

Machu Picchu is one of the most visited tourist attractions in the world. However, few people know that it is located in the Andes Mountains of Peru. In that geography it is normal to suffer from the so-called ‘altitude sickness’. That is why it is important to know the altitude of the Inca City and each of its tourist attractions.


The altitude sickness or ‘soroche’ is a natural malaise suffered by visitors to places of high altitude such as Cusco. Its most common symptoms are fatigue, shortness of breath and nausea. This evil can usually occur when a height of 8,202 ft is exceeded. (2,500 masl).


Machu Picchu and all its tourist attractions


Where is Machu Picchu located?

  • Machu Picchu is on the eastern side of the Andes Mountains, surrounded by the abundant vegetation of the Peruvian high jungle.
  • It belongs to the department of Cusco, province of Urubamba, district of Aguas Calientes.
  • This Inca archeological site is 80 kilometers away from the city of Cusco, the ancient capital of the Inca Empire.
  • To the north of the Inca City is the famous Huayna Picchu mountain. To the west is the Machu Picchu mountain.
  • A little further in front of Machu Picchu is the Putucusi mountain.

How high is Machu Picchu?

  • Machu Picchu is located at an altitude of 7,972 feet or 2,430 meters above sea level (masl).
  • At that altitude it is not frequent to suffer from the symptoms of altitude sickness.
Machu Picchu altitude
Inca City of Machu Picchu

How high is Huayna Picchu?

  • The Huayna Picchu mountain is located at an altitude of 8,923 feet (2,720 meters above sea level).
  • At that altitude the tourist may slightly suffer from the symptoms of altitude sickness.

How high is the Machu Picchu mountain?

  • The Machu Picchu mountain is located at an altitude of 10,111 feet (3,082 meters above sea level).
  • At that height, most tourists suffer from some symptoms of altitude sickness such as difficulty breathing.

At what altitude is the Huchuy Picchu mountain?

  • Huchuy Picchu mountain is a slope of Huayna Picchu.Its summit is 8,192 feet (2,497 meters above sea level).
  • At this altitude symptoms of altitude sickness are not common

How high is the town of Aguas Calientes?

  • The town of Aguas Calientes is 6,692 feet (2,040 meters above sea level).
  • At that altitude no tourist suffers from altitude sickness.

How high is the city of Cusco?

  • The city of Cusco is 11,151 feet (3,399 meters above sea level).
  • At that altitude it is normal for tourists to feel the symptoms of altitude sickness such as fatigue, shortness of breath and even nausea.

How high are other cities in Peru?

CityHeight in feetHeight in meters
Lima328 ft.100 m.a.s.l.
Arequipa7,660 ft.2,335 m.a.s.l.
Puno12,555 ft.3,827 m.a.s.l.
Iquitos328 ft.100 m.a.s.l.
Piura95 ft.29 m.a.s.l.
Ica1,332 ft.406 m.a.s.l.
Trujillo111 ft.34 m.a.s.l.
Chiclayo88 ft.27 m.a.s.l.
Cajamarca9,022 ft.2,750 m.a.s.l.
Pucallpa505 ft.154 m.a.s.l.
Ayacucho9,058 ft.2,761 m.a.s.l.
Tarapoto1,167 ft.356 m.a.s.l.

Recommendations to avoid altitude sickness in Machu Picchu

  • In Machu Picchu tourists can experience altitude sickness (acute mountain sickness).
  • This discomfort is usually experienced when a height of 2,500 meters is exceeded.
  • The cusps of the Machu Picchu and Huayna Picchu mountains would be the only places where tourists can be prone to experience this evil.
  • In general, there are few visitors to the Historic Sanctuary of Machu Picchu who suffer this malaise.
  • Once you have acclimatized in Cusco or the Sacred Valley of the Incas, you should not have problems with the altitude of Machu Picchu.
  • In Machu Picchu you can still feel breathless in your tour of the site. However, the risk of suffering from altitude sickness will have been reduced.

Questions and answers about the altitude in Machu Picchu

  • 1) How high is Machu Picchu?

    Machu Picchu is located at 2,430 meters above sea level.

  • 2) How high is the Huayna Picchu mountain?

    The Huayna Picchu mountain is located at 2,693 meters above sea level.

  • 3) How high is Machu Picchu Mountain?

    The Machu Picchu mountain is located at 3,082 meters above sea level.

  • 4) How high is the Huchuy Picchu mountain?

    The Huchuy Picchu mountain is located at 2,497 meters above sea level.

  • 5) How high is the town of Aguas Calientes?

    The town of Aguas Calientes is 2,040 meters above sea level.

  • 6) How high up is the city of Cusco?

    The city of Cusco is located at 3,399 meters above sea level.

  • 7) At what altitude do altitude sickness symptoms occur?

    Altitude or mountain sickness can occur in people who are located in geographies above 2,500 meters above sea level.

  • 8) How high is the highest mountain in Cusco?

    The Ausangate is the highest mountain in Cusco. Its summit is located at 6,384 meters above sea level.

  • 9) How high is the mountain of 7 colors?

    The Vinicunca or mountain of 7 colors is located at 5,200 meters above sea level.

  • 10) How high is Sacsayhuaman?

    The archaeological site of Sacsayhuaman is located at 3,600 meters above sea level.

Advice from people who have been there

Cusco

Lizette A.By: Lizette A.

“Height of Machu Picchu“

“After getting off the plane and strolling through Cusco, you feel that the air is missing, but after a few days and arriving in Machu Picchu you forget about everything and feel cured and full of energy and you become supercharged.“


 

By Ticket Machu Picchu – Last updated, May 2, 2022