The village of Machu Picchu Pueblo, also known as Aguas Calientes, is only accessible by train. There are two train stations with service to the village, one in Poroy (25 minutes from Cusco by car) and the other in Ollantaytambo in the Sacred Valley (1.5 hours from Cusco by car). From Poroy station, there is one daily early morning departure and the train ride to Machu Picchu takes 3 hours. From Ollantaytambo, there are many departures per day and the journey takes 1.5 hours. If you are planning to go directly to Machu Picchu upon arrival in Cusco, or if you are staying in the Sacred Valley, consider taking the train from Ollantaytambo.
It can take time to adjust to the decreased levels of oxygen present at high altitudes—even for seasoned hikers. To prevent experiencing altitude sickness, escalate to higher altitudes slowly, avoid eating too much on your arrival day, limit strenuous activity for the first day, and drink plenty of water.
At an altitude of just under 8,000 feet, Machu Picchu Pueblo has a subtropical highland climate: warm and humid days are followed by chilly nights, and temperatures range between 47°F (8°C) and 72°F (22°C). Humidity varies from 77% to 91%, and annual rainfall is 16-39 inches (400-1000 mm). Dry season is from May to October, and the orchid season is from November to April.
Inkaterra Machu Picchu Pueblo Hotel is a family-friendly lodge with two villas that are specially arranged for parents traveling with children. Children's menus, cribs, high chairs, and child-friendly Inkaterra Explorer Guides are available, and the lodge also offers a Child’s Explorer Kit (pack with flashlight, cap, postcards, and colored pencils). Staff can organize a treasure hunt upon request (at an additional charge).
Families traveling with kids aged 6-12 may want to consider the following excursions, which incorporate special activities for children: Machu Picchu, Spectacled Bear, Nature Walk, Orchids, and Tea.
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