Where Can You Sit During Machu Picchu Tours?

So you already know that my answer to “Can Seniors Go to Machu Picchu?” is a wholehearted “Yes!” but many of our senior travelers want a more detailed explanation about seating options when they’re at the Machu Picchu archeological site. A typical Machu Picchu Tour involves 2 to 3 hours of walking through a set circular route that takes you around to see all the Inca ruins of Machu Picchu. I liken it to walking through a museum for a few hours.

The advantage of choosing a small group or private tour with us for Machu Picchu travel with seniors is that you won’t be rushed at all during the tour, and you can stop to rest as many times as you’d like as you take your time to absorb the experience.

So where can you sit at Machu Picchu? Although there are no chairs per se, there are various options for sitting and/or resting at Machu Picchu. Here are some examples:

  • Lean on rock walls
  • Sit on the floor in various areas
  • Sit on boulders, such as near the Huayna Picchu entrance
  • There is a single raised and shaded area with a long bench that offers an amazing view of the ruins (see the video below)

Still think that the walking/standing time may be too long when you visit Machu Picchu?

  • We can consider booking Circuit 1 for you, which is a slightly shorter route (around half an hour less time), instead of Circuit 2 (the classic tour circuit). Just know that you’ll see less of Machu Picchu.
  • You could bring a portable, foldable chair cane if you provide us with a doctor’s note so that we can get approval upon entry.
  • We could politely ask the security guards if we can exit the circuit early, but keep in mind that once we reach the middle of the circuit, it’ll be the same distance to make it back whether you go backwards or forwards through the circuit.

Have any more questions about places to sit when you visit Machu Picchu? Write to us!


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