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Visiting Machu Picchu with the family
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Machu Picchu in family

Machu Picchu is a tourist destination made for the whole family. The little ones can enjoy the company of llamas and an amazing view. Young people and adults can get unforgettable photos and take incredible tours through high mountains. There are even special routes for older adults or people in wheelchairs. Learn how to visit Machu Picchu for the family and get excited to live one of the best experiences in the world.



Family in Machu Picchu
Machu Picchu with the Family

Can I do the Inca Trail with the whole family?
One of the most incredible ways to get to Machu Picchu is through the Inca Trail 4 days. This hiking route is suitable for all people who like outdoor walks with nights camping under the stars. It is not recommended for older adults with heart problems or for children under 8 years old who do not like hiking trails.


Why choose Machu Picchu to travel with children?

  • Machu Picchu is one of the best places to travel with children. This is because in addition to being one of the main destinations in the world, a visit to this ancient Inca city is one of the most enriching cultural experiences on the planet.
  • The visit to Machu Picchu can be done on any day of the year (including Sundays and holidays). Entry is allowed to people of all ages.
  • Children under 3 years old do not pay an entrance ticket. Children and adolescents under 18 years of age have a special discount on their entry ticket.

Adventure and education in Machu Picchu

  • Machu Picchu offers a cultural experience since its origin dates back to the 15th century, when Emperor Pachacutec ordered its construction as a city and strategic point on the limits of the empire with the eastern jungle region.
  • In Machu Picchu there are more than 150 stone constructions including paths, platforms, platforms, enclosures, temples and more .
  • Likewise, in Machu Picchu there are alternative routes that lead to high mountains and Inca monuments such as: Intipunku, the Inca Bridge, Huchuy Picchu Mountain, Machupicchu Mountain and Huayna Picchu Mountain.
  • That is, Machu Picchu combines adventure and education for the whole family. The tourist can decide which route to follow according to his planning.

How to plan a trip to Machu Picchu as a family?

  • Planning a family trip to Machu Picchu in Peru can be an overwhelming experience, especially if you come with children.
  • In total there are five types of tickets, each one offers a different experience: a) the Machupicchu Only ticket, b) the Machupicchu + Huaynapicchu ticket, c) the Machupicchu + Mountain ticket, d) the Machupicchu + Huchuypicchu ticket and e) the Machupicchu + Inca Bridge ticket.
  • The majority of tourists decide to visit with the Machupicchu Only ticket because this ticket allows them to visit all circuits: circuit 1, 2, 3 and 4.
  • The circuit most used by visitors is Circuit 2, since it allows you to see the majority of Inca constructions. Additionally, you can choose to ascend Huayna Picchu Mountain, Machu Picchu Mountain and more.

What places in Machu Picchu will children like?

  • Machu Picchu Mountain – Allows you to travel along ancient Inca paths until you reach the highest point of the place.
  • Machu Picchu Museum – Allows you to appreciate Inca objects found in Machupicchu, as well as a botanical garden full of flowers and trees.
  • Inca Bridge – Allows you to travel through easily accessible Inca paths until you reach a famous bridge made hundreds of years ago.
  • Huchuy Picchu – Allows you to ascend to the top of the Huchuy Picchu mountain, whose hike is suitable for everyone since the route takes only 30 minutes.

Types of tickets to Machu Picchu and who they are for

Are you thinking of traveling to Machu Picchu with your family? Know what type of ticket to choose!

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MACHUPICCHU ONLYMACHUPICCHU + HUAYNAPICCHUMACHUPICCHU + MOUNTAINMACHUPICCHU + HUCHUY PICCHUMACHUPICCHU + INCA BRIDGE
AgesAll agesOver 12 yearsAll agesAll agesAll ages
CircuitsCircuit 1, 2, 3 or 4Circuit 4Circuit 3Circuit 4Circuit 1 ó 2.
DurationComplete circuit of approximately 2 hours.Short circuit of approximately 1 hour. + hike to Huayna Picchu mountainShort circuit of approximately 1 hour. + hike to Machu Picchu mountainShort circuit of approximately 1 hour. + hike to Huchuy Picchu mountainComplete circuit of approximately 2 hours. + hike to Inca Bridge
RecommendedFor the entire familyFor adultsFor adultsFor the entire familyFor the entire family
Ticket purchase1 month in advance1 month in advance1 month in advance3 weeks in advance1 month in advance


Questions and answers about the trip to Machu Picchu as a family

  • 1. Is Machu Picchu suitable for children?

    Yes, Machu Picchu can be visited by people of all ages, including children or older adults.

  • 2. Can I visit Machu Picchu with older adults?

    Yes, older adults can visit Machu Picchu. In case of physical ailments, you can do circuit 3 or 4 on the lower part. Or even sit at a viewing point and stay there during your visit.

  • 3. Can I visit Machu Picchu with pets?

    No, Machu Picchu cannot be visited with pets. Guide dogs are only allowed to enter for blind people who require the company of these special animals.

  • 4. Do children pay their entry ticket to Machu Picchu?

    Children from 0 to 3 years old do not pay their entry ticket to Machu Picchu. Children and adolescents from 3 to 18 years old pay their entry ticket to the Inca citadel with a special discount.

  • 5. Is Huayna Picchu mountain suitable for the whole family?

    No, Huayna Picchu mountain is only suitable for tourists over 12 years old. Minors under 18 years of age can enter the mountain, but in the company of an adult or legal guardian.

  • 6. Can I enter Machu Picchu in a wheelchair?

    Yes, entry to Machu Picchu is allowed for people in wheelchairs. However, currently the Inca citadel does not have easily accessible ramps (there are stone stairs). Therefore, the company of at least two companions is recommended to overcome some obstacles during the wheelchair tour.

  • 7. Is Machu Picchu dangerous to go with children?

    No, Machu Picchu is a safe tourist destination for visiting with children. However, the company of your father, mother or a representative is mandatory; who should be watching over the little ones in the house.

  • 8. How much does it cost to visit Machu Picchu as a family?

    There are two ways to visit Machu Picchu as a family. The first is on your own and the second with an all-inclusive tour. To go on your own you must buy tickets (foreign adults 172 soles, children 43 soles). If you go with a tour, you must quote the price of the tour with a serious tourism agency.

  • 9. Can I enter Machu Picchu with a baby stroller?

    No, baby strollers are prohibited inside Machu Picchu. Instead, you must enter with a baby carrier, which facilitates the transit of tourists within the archaeological site.

  • 10. Do older adults have a discount to enter Machu Picchu?

    No, unfortunately older adults do not have any type of promotion or discount on the price of the entrance ticket to Machu Picchu.

Advice from people who have been there

Machu Picchu with my wife and children

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“Unforgettable moment“

“I traveled to Machu Picchu in January, with my wife and children and everything turned out great. The organization was super good. The guide Adner was very informative at all times. I recommend it 100%. Very grateful for everything with the agency“


 

By Ticket Machu Picchu – Last updated, October 10, 2023

 


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