The Machu Picchu mountain is located at an altitude of 10,111 feet (3,082 meters above sea level).
How cold does it get in Machu Picchu?
With the onset of winter, you can start to feel the dip in temperature in Machu Picchu and the Inca Trail; especially before the sunrise and after the sunset. The average temperatures range between 20°C/58°F and 11°C/52°F. Expect freezing temperatures -5°C/23°F during the nights and in the early mornings.
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.
How many days do I need in Machu Picchu?
His recommendation was to stay overnight and spend two days at Machu Picchu. We took this advice and would recommend it to everyone. You can see Machu Picchu in 3 to 4 hours, but you need at least two visits to fully appreciate it and experience the many things there are to do at the site.
What is best time to visit 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.
How do you prevent altitude sickness in Machu Picchu?
Ascend in small increments of 500-700 meters a day, and try incorporate trek high, sleep low days. This last point is out of your control as the routes to Machu Picchu are already designed with these features embedded. Take a preventative medication like Acetazolamide (Diamox) as an extra precaution – more on this …
At what height does altitude sickness start?
Symptoms of altitude sickness usually develop between 6 and 24 hours after reaching altitudes more than 2,500m above sea level. Symptoms are similar to those of a bad hangover and include: headache.