Museo de Sitio Manuel Chavez Ballon, Aguas Calientes
(3.6/5 based on 150+ reviews on the web)
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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  • This museum has some interesting stuff, plus a lot of background information about Machu Picchu, its discovery, and being reworked. There were some pottery and various displays of Inca tools, life, et...  more »
  • This is worth the detour after you have seen Machu Piccu. the only downside is that you then have to walk back into town. The museum was informative with all the plaques in Englsh and Spanish. 
  • What a wonderful museum to walk around after exploring Machu Picchu! We walked to this museum from Aguas Calientes and found it just the ticket to fill in the gaps after our tour. The explanations, ph...  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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