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Machu Picchu is wonderful for anyone, even more so for children, this is why Nat Geo (National Geographic) put Machu Picchu on the list of 100 places that can change the lives of your children (100 Places That Can Change your Child's Life), and this is because the sacred city of Machu Picchu is impressive wherever you see it and it's great to visit with your children. Children love to know the story that Hiram Bingham had not rediscovered the Inca city of Machu Picchu, without the help of a child, like them.  


Machu Picchu with kids 

Almost 600 years of its construction and 120 of its discovery, the mystery still surrounds the Inca city of Machu Picchu; a real residential, a sacred place, a refuge; it has a little bit of everything, but it was never determined for what exactly was built; this place will leave your children fascinated, from the moment they get on the train and go through the Sacred Valley of the Incas, to the exploration of the Inca city; it is possibly the flames of Machu Picchu that most attract the attention of your young children. 


What to take to Machu Picchu if I go with kids?

It could be said that this city results from an Andean engineering development of 5 thousand years; of the cultures that preceded the empire of the Incas. To enjoy the tour better, remember to bring plenty of water, in addition to some snacks. You can buy them when you arrive in the city of Ollantaytambo, since in Aguas Calientes (Machu Picchu town) and even more, in the entrance to the City of Machu Picchu, everything is much more expensive. Also carry sun protection when you come to Machu Picchu with kids


Hikes in Machu Picchu with kids 

You can tour the Inca city of Machu Picchu with kids, or ascend the amazing mountain Huayna Picchu with the biggest children (+ 12), but remember that the Machu Picchu tickets to climb the Huayna Picchu mountain must be booked 6 months in advance of otherwise you will not get one of the 400 tickets available to enter this mountain. The Machu Picchu mountain can be traveled by people under 12, although the route is very tired, the trails are wider and the top is a reward more than amazing. However, you can get amazing aerial views of the Inca city of Machu Picchu and all its natural environment, with only half an hour of travel, but as we said before, the top is amazing.  


What Machu Picchu ticket will I need? 

Keep in mind that to ascend to the mountains of Machu Picchu, you will have to buy Machu Picchu Tickets in advance, also keep in mind that children under 8 years old do not pay. In addition, minors from 8 to 17 years old can obtain a 50% discount on their tickets to Machu Picchu. 


All tickets must be reserved weeks in advance, but the Machu Picchu + Huayna Picchu Ticket must be reserved two months in advance. To come in high season (June to August), you must buy Machu Picchu tickets months in advance:

  • Ticket Machu Picchu only 
  • Ticket Machu Picchu + Huayna Picchu (over 12 years) 
  • Machu Picchu Ticket + Mountain Machu Picchu 
  • Machu Ticket + Museum

Recommendations for your trip to Machu Picchu with kids

  • Any trip to Cusco is destined to Machu Picchu, we advise you to spend the night in Ollantaytambo, this in order to avoid getting the youngest ones up early, in such a way that your trip to Machu Picchu with kids does not become a bad experience. In addition, reach the train at the Ollantaytambo station, and you will gain time, you can visit the Inca town, as well as the great temple of Ollantaytambo.  
  • Aguas Calientes, a town that came to know before Machu Picchu, this town has a beauty in its short size, its main attraction is its hot springs, are open every day from 5am to 8pm, the income is 10 soles , children under 8 years old do not pay. These thermal baths are characterized by being on the edge of the hill, outdoors, has all the services where we can enjoy and relax for a few moments of this water rich in its natural components.
  • I do not recommend taking a tourist guide with small children, the children get bored and will not go to the rhythm of the guide. If you want to hire a guide, get an entertaining guide, if you prefer we can recommend one, to make your trip enjoyable and entertaining and to capture all the attention of your children, so that they learn about the culture and history of this wonder of the World.  
  • We also recommend you to enter the hygienic services before entering the citadel of Machu Picchu with kids, because inside the park you will not find toilets 
  • Finally, we recommend you take or buy water before entering, in the park they do not sell drinks. Also the entry of food is prohibited
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