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Traveling with kids to Machu Picchu

Imagine your children visiting the wonder of the world, Machu Picchu. It will be as if they have stepped into a fairy tale. Here, we tell you everything you need to know to travel to Machu Picchu with children.
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The Inca citadel will awaken curiosity and amazement in the youngest ones.

During a trip to Machu Picchu, children can learn about the ancient Inca civilization while exploring terraces, temples, and mysterious passageways. It's like a historical amusement park! But remember, teach them to respect and take care of this heritage. No touching the monuments.

Traveling to Machu Picchu with Kids

Visiting the lost city of the Incas, Machu Picchu, with family and children is a truly enriching experience and completely doable. It will be unforgettable, but you should consider that there are no nearby entertainment activities for the little ones and touring the citadel requires special care from parents.

As a historic monument, Machu Picchu has rules that must be followed, such as respecting the established access routes, not climbing the terraces, etc.

It will definitely be a trip to remember; we invite you to visit Machu Picchu!

Recommended Age for Visiting Machu Picchu

Visiting Machu Picchu can be a magical experience for people of all ages, even for families with children.

Although there is no mandatory minimum age to explore this wonderful citadel, we suggest it be an adventure for children aged 6 or 7 and above. This is because the tour can be a bit tiring and, at times, challenging.

It is vital to prioritize the safety of the little ones; therefore, make sure they do not wander off exploring the archaeological remains on their own and always keep them in sight.

Alternatives in Machu Picchu When Traveling with Children

Apart from the Inca citadel of Machu Picchu, also known by the Quechua word "llaqta," which means land, there are also mountains to explore near this wonder of the ancient world.

The Machu Picchu mountain is the most suitable alternative when traveling with children, as the ascent to this viewpoint located near 3000 meters above sea level is through a relatively flat and accessible path, away from the abysses, which can be traveled by a child without great risks.

The other alternative is the Huayna Picchu mountain, which is located right next to the Inca citadel and is the one that appears in most photos; access to this mountain is restricted to children under 12 years old, due to the narrowness of the steps and the dangerous abyss of almost 400 meters located nearby.

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How to Buy Machu Picchu Tickets for Children?

You have to know that tickets for Machu Picchu are for people of all ages, but some buildings and experiences will be prohibited for them.

If you want to reserve and buy a Machu Picchu ticket for children, you must follow these steps:

  1. Enter the Joinnus website or an agency of your choice.
  2. Check if there are available tickets to Machu Picchu.
  3. Verify the information when filling out the details.
  4. Submit a digital image of the passport or identity document of the father, mother, and child.
  5. Make the corresponding payment for the Machu Picchu ticket with your Visa or Mastercard.
  6. Check your email and print the tickets to show on the day of your visit.

If you encounter any difficulty in the purchasing process, contact info@cuscoperu.com who will gladly assist you.

Also consider the following:

  • Always carry your identification document or pass by hand.
  • Be Always accompanied by your parents or an older adult.

Discount on Children's Admission to Machu Picchu

Entry to the Wonder of the World offers discounts so you can visit it with children:

  • Children under 3 years old do not pay admission to Machu Picchu.
  • Children between 3 and 11 years old have a 50% discount on the regular price of tickets.
  • Minors (12–17 years old) pay the student rate.

Documents Required to Visit Machu Picchu with Children

Entry to the Machu Picchu Historic Sanctuary for minors is subject to presentation of their Passport or National Identity Document (DNI) in the case of Peruvians.

All minors must enter Machu Picchu accompanied by their parents or legal guardians.

All minors must enter with their parents or guardians.

How to Get to Machu Picchu with Children

The journey to Machu Picchu consists of various short sections that must be completed to reach the lost city of the Incas. To access the Inca citadel, there are various alternatives, which vary depending on the traveler's budget, physical condition, and willingness to walk.

Classic Route

The first alternative, which is the most common among travelers to Machu Picchu, is to take the classic route starting in the city of Cusco to the town of Ollantaytambo, a journey that takes an average of one and a half to two hours. In Ollantaytambo, you must board the train, which will arrive in the town of Aguas Calientes in approximately 2 hours.

The train tickets for children, on the two companies that offer the service (PeruRail and IncaRail), have a discount of approximately 40% to 50% as long as the children are under 11 years old.

The final stretch in this option consists of choosing whether to climb from the town of Aguas Calientes to the citadel, located atop a mountain, using the bus (average 50% discount for children's tickets), or climb on foot, free of charge.

Hydroelectric Route

With this alternative, you will travel by car to Santa Teresa, an approximate 6-hour journey, until you reach the town of Santa Teresa. Once there, you must board another vehicle to the so-called 'Hydroelectric Plant,' a journey that takes 30 minutes.

In the next section, you must choose between taking the tourist train to the town of Aguas Calientes or walking the route (2 hours of walking along the train tracks in the middle of the subtropical jungle) and finally choose between the Consetur bus or walking to the Inca citadel.

There is also the famous hike or trek known as the 'Inca Trail' as an alternative to reach Machu Picchu, but this option is not viable with children, due to the high physical demand that this route requires.

Make sure to choose the route that best suits the child

Recommendations for Visiting Machu Picchu with Children

Always confirm before leaving the hotel that you are carrying: wide-brimmed hats, insect repellent, rain protection, and high-grade sunscreen.

  • Children are considered to be individuals between 3 and 17 years old, for ticket purchase and other purposes.
  • Use the restrooms with your children before entering the Sanctuary (once inside Machu Picchu, you will not find services).
  • Buy water and candies in Aguas Calientes, as there are no vending stalls inside the citadel. Bringing in food is prohibited.
  • Baby strollers are not allowed entry, so a backpack or baby carrier would be a good alternative.
  • Preferably carry only one backpack with all valuables inside. Carrying multiple backpacks or hand luggage can be a hassle, especially when traveling with children.
  • In the town of Aguas Calientes, there are hot springs (hot pools with warm underground water), where you can spend a truly enjoyable time with your little ones. These pools are located outdoors, and the entrance fee is S/15 (approximately USD 3.80). There are also small pools for children.
  • Do not forget to visit the butterfly house "Wasi Pillpi" (house of butterflies in Quechua) in the town of Aguas Calientes, where you can see some of the more than 400 butterfly species recorded in the Machu Picchu Historic Sanctuary.

What Clothing to Wear to Machu Picchu with Children?

The weather in the Inca citadel is unpredictable, so it is recommended to dress children in various layers to change according to the weather and situation, as you must have, for example, a rain poncho, but you must also wear lightweight clothing to feel comfortable in the subtropical heat.

Other Places in Cusco to Visit with Children

Other places you can visit in Cusco with children include:

Everyone can enjoy the visit to the Wonder of the World, Machu Picchu