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 (a 3-hour ride) and the other in Ollantaytambo in the Sacred Valley (a 1.5-hour ride). 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 and 72°F. Humidity varies from 77% to 91%, and annual rainfall is 16-39 inches. Dry season is from May to October, and the orchid season is from November to April.
There is no dress code at the lodge—many guests opt to wear comfortable outdoor clothing for activities and excursions and casual evening attire for cocktail hour and dinner.
Inkaterra Machu Picchu Pueblo Hotel is a family-friendly lodge with two villas that are specially arranged for parents traveling with children. Children under 12 stay complimentary when sharing accommodations with one or two adults using existing bedding. 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). Several of the lodge excursions can be tailored for families.
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