Visit the Machu Picchu Site Museum

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Complement your visit to the Inca citadel by attending the Manuel Chávez Ballón Site Museum or Machu Picchu Site Museum. In this place you will find valuable information about the ancient inhabitants of the sanctuary. Moreover, you will have the opportunity to know such data through a modern and interesting presentations.

How to get to the Machu Picchu Site Museum?

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The Machu Picchu Site Museum is located in the town of Aguas Calientes, just 10 minutes from Puente Ruinas, at km 112 via railroad. This important tourist attraction is next to the Botanical Garden of Machu Picchu, which can be paid by paying only for the entrance to the Manuel Chavez Site Museum.

Lithic artifacts

The Museum of Cusco exhibits more than 250 lithic artifacts used in the construction of the citadel. It shows the elements used by the ancient Inca settlers to join beams of thatched roofs and shape the rocks they included in their works. This place highlights the astuteness of the Incas to optimize their construction resources.

The stone also acquired a fundamental role in the creation of everyday objects such as cutting tools, this is how knives and similar function materials can be seen. The Museum also shows in its exhibitions how stone was used to build hunting tools and elements for ceremonial rites.


The Manuel Chávez Ballón Site Museum also highlights the importance of tin in the Inca empire. Artifacts made from metal and displayed in the museum contribute to visitors to better understand the metallurgical activities that took place in the empire, relating its construction to its functions.

In this place is also mentioned the technique of laminated metal, which allowed to obtain thin sheets with which the Inca settlers made wristbands and mirrors. Its purpose was also ceremonial because it is known that this technique was used to build a special platform near the Campos de Cóndor.

History of Machu Picchu

The Sanctuary of Machu Picchu has many stories to tell, the rooms of the Manuel Chavez Ballon Site Museum capture all that information through excellent exhibitions where unknown data of its construction is disclosed.

This place talks about the role played by its discoverer Hiram Bingham and how the ancient Inca settlers worked hard fighting against all the factors they had against (torrential rains and complex location) to build their Inca fortress, becoming an obligatory stopover before to visit the sanctuary.

How much does it cost to access the Machu Picchu Site Museum?

The price is S/ 22.00 for the general public, higher education students must pay S/ 11.00 while access is free for schoolchildren. In addition, business hours are Monday through Sunday from 9:00 am to 4:30 pm.

The best lodging

There are an infinity of hotels in Machu Picchu Pueblo. From here we recommend you to stay at the Casa del Sols Hotels, a place where you will find all the amenities you need to enjoy your visit to the Machu Picchu Site Museum.


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