Destination guide: Machu Picchu

Useful information about Machu Picchu



Machu Picchu cooking is based on dishes that use typical products from the region, such as lamb, pork and a type of animal similar to a rabbit, known as “cuy”. It also includes root vegetables and grains such as potatoes and corn, chili and a never-ending list of aromatic herbs used as seasoning.



The official currency of Peru is the Nuevo Sol (S/.) which is comprised of 100 centimos. Bills are available in 10, 20, 50, 100 or 200 Nuevos Soles. Coins are available in 1, 2 or 5 Nuevos Soles and 1, 5, 10, 20 or 50 centimos.



An 19% General Sales Tax (GST) is applied to the purchase of all goods and services in the country except for vacation packages purchased overseas. Hotels and restaurants add an additional 10%. By law, the tax must already be included in the end price.


Official language

The official language of Peru is Spanish. However, the Quechua and Aymara indigenous dialects are still spoken in several zones of the country.


Time zone

On your flight to Machu Picchu or other places in Peru, you’ll probably have to change your watch to GMT -5.


Electric current

Electrical outlets in Machu Picchu operate at 220 volts and 60 Hertz. If any of your electronic devices operate at a different voltage, you are encouraged to travel with a power adaptor.


Travel tips

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