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Manuel Chávez Ballón Site Museum / Museo de Sitio Manuel Chávez Ballón - Museum Aguas Calientes (Machu Picchu Town) - Peru

Anyone interested in a more thorough appreciation of Machu Picchu should pay a visit to this museum, named after Peruvian archeologist Manuel Chávez Ballón. Most of Machu Picchu's artifacts were removed by American explorer Hiram Bingham and kept at Yale University; as a result, the focus of the museum is on the discovery of Machu Picchu and the findings therein. There are some remaining artifacts, as well as maps and video presentations. The botanical garden across the way showcases orchids and other flora. The museum is tucked away by the Puente Ruinas, a 20 minute walk from town.


By Puente Ruinas at the base of the footpath to Machu Picchu (1.7 k.m-1 mile-from Aguas Calientes).

Aguas Calientes (Machu Picchu Town), Peru

Museum Types:
Historical museum, Archaeology, Anthropology, ethnography, Anthropology, Cultural, History, Art

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Relative price: Mid-Range

Open Hours from:10:00 a.m.

Open Hours to:4:00 p.m.

Days Closed:Sundays

Travel Skills: None

By Ricardo Segreda
Growing up in New York, Rick Segreda used to cut out of high school in order to hang out at the Museum of Modern Art and catch foreign-language...
14 Mar 2012

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