Can a 10 year old hike Machu Picchu?

Yes! Kids should hike the 4-Day Inca Trail to Machu Picchu. But like adults, there are some instances where they should not. We provide a checklist for parents to determine if your child is ready.

How old do you have to be to hike Machu Picchu?

There is no official restriction on the age limit for the Inca Trail to Machu Picchu or other treks in Peru. However, as a responsible trekking and hiking company we recommend that children under 9 years of age should not hike Inca Trail. 12 years is a better age to do the Inca Trail.

What age is appropriate for the Inca Trail?

There is currently no official minimum age for trekking the Inca Trail and, in theory, anyone of any age can start the trek. At Go Andes we recommend a minimum age of 12 years but this a recommendation only and if you would like to discuss this further with us please get in touch.

When should kids start hiking?

There’s no perfect age to start hiking with kids. The perfect age is RIGHT NOW. You can get kids started hiking any time, from baby to teen. I think a lot of parents will tell you that it’s always beneficial to start them young, but that’s certainly not always the easiest.

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Can children climb Machu Picchu?

Yes! Kids should hike the 4-Day Inca Trail to Machu Picchu. But like adults, there are some instances where they should not. We provide a checklist for parents to determine if your child is ready.

How bad is altitude sickness in Cusco?

Altitude sickness can be a very serious illness so before travelling to Cusco consult your doctor particularly if you have any heart, lung or other severe health problems as not all people can travel to Cusco or the Sacred Valley due to the altitude.

Does anyone live at Machu Picchu?

Only Llamas live in Machu Picchu Today.

Machu Picchu is a protected area and a World Heritage Site since 1983. No one can live inside the citadel.

What is the best month to go to Machu Picchu?

The winter (May – September) is the driest season and therefore the best time of year to travel, especially if you’re planning to visit Cusco or trek to Machu Picchu. The summer (December – March) is warmer of course, but is also the wettest season, with frequent heavy showers.