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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  • They charge you 22 soles per person. Being so important to the Inca culture is incredible that the Museum has only plates. I thought it was lousy.
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  • We walked to the museo from Aguas Calientes the day before we went to Machu Picchu. I appreciated learning about the history of the area, along with the knowledge the residents of Machu Picchu imparte...  more »
  • I paid the ticket only to enter the Museum and I found a good hosts of the Ministry of culture. You are very mixed information from Machu Picchu. The billboards with old photos and chronological information help a little if you visit the Citadel without a guide, but is in Spanish and English when they arrive daily visitors from all over the world. It could be much better with background music, create an environment so that visitors can stay in a comfortable area, see videos from as it was built, see tools to scale replicas of as it was built, lack good find SSHH, a cafeteria, a shop selling books, a mini zoo with animals that were used in the past, etc. This should be the main Museum of the region of Cusco
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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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