Tickets often sell out in advance and you are advised to buy them in Cuzco as the ticket booth in Aguas Calientes only accepts cash in local currency (sole). If you are buying your tickets online you can use debit cards but the system will only allow you to purchase adult tickets online.
Backpacks, tripods and drones
Backpacks larger than 20l, tripods and drones are not allowed into the ruins. You can check your baggage into an office outside the entrance. They charge S5( local currency) for each item.
Avoiding the Crowds
It is now harder than ever to avoid the crowds. Visitors are now expected to walk along a set route and not wander at will. The high season lasts from late in May until the early part of September. June, July and August are definitely the busiest months and best avoided if you can. A midweek visit during the rainy season is the quietest time to visit, especially in February when the Inca trail is closed.
Local guides are available to hire at the entrance and charge S150 per person or S30 each for a group of between six and ten people. The expertise of the guides varies; the best ones wear an official guide ID. Always agree a price in advance and clarify if the price is per person or a group price.
Hiking the Inca Trail
This route that on average takes four days to complete is through one of South America’s best hiking areas. You can begin from either the ruins of Qoriwayrachina, or from Piscacucho which includes the crossing of the Urubamba River by suspension bridge.
Accessible Travel to Machu Picchu
There are very few allowances across Peru for travelers with a disability. Features many of us take for granted such as signage in Braille or phones for those with hearing impairments are almost non-existent. Wheelchair aids such as ramps and lifts are very rare and the paths are badly potholed and uneven. In most hotels there are no facilities for wheelchair access to the bathroom either. Apumayo Expediciones is an adventure tour company that takes visitors with disabilities to Machu Picchu and other locations across Peru.