Museo de Sitio Manuel Chavez Ballon, Aguas Calientes

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Stop at Museo de Sitio Manuel Chavez Ballon before or after your trip to Machu Picchu to learn more about the excavations of one of the world's major archaeological sites. The museum's location at the base of the path to the ancient city makes it easy to visit; you can also stop here after your tour for a chance to cool off and review your trip. The museum features a small botanical garden, a relaxing place to rest after hiking the mountains. With our custom trip planner, Aguas Calientes attractions like Museo de Sitio Manuel Chavez Ballon can be center stage of your vacation plans, and you can find out about other attractions like it, unlike it, near it, and miles away.
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  • The Museo back photographic records and exposes utensils, tools and found objects when the discovery of the sacred city of Machu Picchu in 1911. That's a lot of information about the city and the customs of its inhabitants, how they dressed, how they worked and, also, how to get wealthy. I consider it an important complement, after a visit to the city. The only downside is the location on the road, which forces the visitor to get off the bus and then walk for about 1 km until Aguas Calientes as the bus take visitors who stayed at the museo.
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  • ... if you are a true knowledge seeker! We walked to the museum shortly after we arrived at Aguascalientes. We were very impressed by the pottery we saw there! Also, it gave us a better understanding ...  more »
  • We took a nice hike to this museum and saw many things on the way. Just over the bridge this museum is a great way to learn a bit more about Inca culture and Machupicchu before trekking up. The fee al...  more »
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  • Nice little spot just outside the entrance to machu pichu. For 22 sols or about $7, it's a nice overview of machu pichu and the history of the people. Took about 45 minutes to walk through and about 20 minutes to walk there from town. Well worth the trip the day before going up to the ruins.
  • Very nice museum, little and in my opinion is worth a visit before going to Machu Picchu
  • A little gem of a museum, tucked away outside of town. I would not have found it had I not hiked up to Machu Picchu. Informative and clean. For s/.21 (~$6.30 USD), it's well worth the price of admission.
  • When you hike down back into town you'll pass this museum. It's nice, nothing speciale though.
  • Too few people visit this excellent museum that allows to contextualize Machu Picchu in the history of the incas and the ancient civilizations of the Peru!
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