A visit to Machu Picchu makes the top of many people’s bucket list, and once they get here, they want to make sure they get the most out of the experience. For most people, one day at Machu Picchu, with a 2-3 hour guided tour is enough to see all the important archaeological features, take in the beautiful vistas and bask in the mystical vibe of this incredible place.
However, if you’re someone with a particular interest in history or archaeology, or just like to take extra time in reflection, a second visit to Machu Picchu might be right for you. Or, if you’re travelling during rainy season, Machu Picchu might be shrouded in cloud on your first visit, so a second chance to visit the site might be a really attractive option. Keep in mind, though, that a second visit to Machu Picchu means paying for a second entry ticket.
You may also have your heart set on hitting the hot springs for which Aguas Calientes is named. If so, spending an extra night in town might be what you need.
On the other hand, Aguas Calientes itself does not have much to offer in the way of beauty and charm so an extra night with the intention of exploring the village itself may not be recommendable. It is also a comparatively expensive city, with prices being as much as three times what they are elsewhere.
Spend the night in Aguas Calientes after you visit Machu Picchu, and get a second visit at Machu Picchu the next day.
Spend a second night in Aguas Calientes, and get a second visit at Machu Picchu the next day.
Your second day at Machu Picchu is on your own. Note that you must retain your original entry ticket as well as your second entry ticket in order to enter Machu Picchu without a guide. This rule is subject to change; please inquire if you are in doubt!
Entry to Huayna Picchu