Backpack Tips for a Smooth Cusco Trip

Planning a trip to Machu Picchu is an adventure of a lifetime, but there are some important things to know before you go, especially about what you should bring with you. Here’s a friendly guide to help you navigate the backpack restrictions at Machu Picchu and the PeruRail train baggage restrictions.

Backpack Guidelines at Machu Picchu

Before you set off to explore the ancient ruins, keep in mind that Machu Picchu has some rules about backpack sizes. Here’s what you need to know:

Size Matters

  • You can only bring backpacks smaller than 40x35x20cm (about 16x14x8 inches) into the archeological site.
  • This size limit is roughly equivalent to backpacks with a capacity of less than 30 liters.

Why the Limit? The smaller backpack rule is all about preserving the beauty and integrity of Machu Picchu. Larger backpacks can damage the ancient structures and narrow paths, plus they can be a hassle in crowded areas.

What if Your Backpack is Too Big? No worries if your backpack is on the larger side! There’s a convenient storage facility at the entrance where you can leave your bigger bags for a small fee of S/.5 (Peruvian Soles). This way, you can roam freely without lugging around a heavy pack.

Baggage Tips for PeruRail

Most visitors to Machu Picchu take the scenic route via PeruRail, and it’s good to know their baggage rules to avoid any surprises.

PeruRail Baggage Rules:

  • You’re allowed one carry-on bag with a maximum weight of 5kg (11 lbs).
  • The carry-on bag should not exceed 62 linear inches (157cm) in total dimensions (length + width + height).

Packing Light: Given the baggage limits, packing light is key. Focus on essentials like water, snacks, a camera, sunscreen, and a small first aid kit. And of course, wear comfy clothes and sturdy shoes for all the exploring you’ll do. Check out their official website for more details.

Quick Tips for Your Machu Picchu Adventure

  • Weather Prep: The weather at Machu Picchu can change quickly. Bring a rain jacket or poncho and wear layers that you can easily adjust.
  • Stay Hydrated: Carry a reusable water bottle. While disposable plastic bottles are a no-go to protect the environment, you can bring your own refillable one.
  • Respect the Site: Remember, Machu Picchu is a UNESCO World Heritage site. Follow the rules and help preserve this incredible place for future visitors.

Visiting Machu Picchu is an amazing experience you’ll never forget. By following these backpack and baggage tips, you’ll ensure a hassle-free and enjoyable journey. Whether you’re embarking on one of our Machu Picchu tours, planning a visit to Peru, or considering a 2-Day Tour of Machu Picchu and the Sacred Valley, these tips will help you make the most of your adventure.

Adding a Cusco Trip

No trip to Machu Picchu is complete without spending some time in Cusco. This vibrant city is the gateway to the Incan ruins and offers its own set of remarkable experiences. See our Cusco City Tour for more details.

  • Historic Sites: Visit the Plaza de Armas, Sacsayhuamán, and Qorikancha. These sites offer a fascinating glimpse into both Incan and colonial history.
  • Local Markets: Wander through the San Pedro Market to experience local flavors, crafts, and culture.
  • Acclimatization: Spend a couple of days in Cusco to acclimate to the altitude before heading to Machu Picchu. This will help you enjoy your trip more comfortably.

Whether you’re on a Machu Picchu tour, visiting Peru for the first time, or planning a one-day trip to Machu Picchu from Cusco, a trip to Cusco will enrich your adventure. Enjoy your backpacking trip to Machu Picchu, immerse yourself in the history and culture of Cusco, and have a fantastic journey!

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