7 Things I learned from taking a two-year old to Machu Picchu

I recently took my 2.5 year old to Machu Picchu. You might be thinking: Why would I do that? What was I thinking? (related: I now have very strong opinions about where to go, what to expect, and how to time it right when traveling internationally with a small child)

Traveling with a toddler to Machu PicchuTo answer your questions:

Why I did it: It was a family trip and my mother said she wanted to see Machu Picchu before she “got too old to enjoy it.”

What I was thinking: I was thinking that I wanted to go and besides my son has already been a lot of places with us and it worked out pretty well most of those times.

Along the way, I learned some things about me, about my son, and of course, about Machu Picchu. I probably wouldn’t have noticed or discovered all of these things without my son being there. Here they are in no particular order:

  1. You are not allowed to use a toddler backpack in Machu Picchu. Even if you have lugged a toddler backpack around multiple Latin American countries for 3 weeks for the sole purpose of using a toddler backpack in Machu Picchu. It is simply not allowed. I can’t tell you why exactly because I don’t know. Front packs are allowed but I didn’t have one of those!Traveling with a toddler to Machu Picchu
  2. If your 2 year old loves trains, a trip to Machu Picchu will provide about 4-5 hours of train-related entertainment.
  3. There are no bathrooms inside Machu Picchu, but it’s OK to change a diaper as long as you bring the dirty one out with you.Traveling with a toddler to Machu Picchu


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