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Museo de Sitio Manuel Chavez Ballon

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Address: Km. 112 railroad "Puente Ruinas" | By Puente Ruinas at the base of the footpath to the Machu Picchu Citadel, Aguas Calientes, Peru

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We were told this was a five minute walk from our hotel. As it turned out, it took us closer to 30. However, it was well worth the walk. This is a wonderful stop. We learned... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed June 15, 2015
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Portland, Oregon
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 15, 2015

We were told this was a five minute walk from our hotel. As it turned out, it took us closer to 30. However, it was well worth the walk. This is a wonderful stop. We learned about the discovery of Machu Pichu. We learned about the geology of the area.We learned about the building of Machu Pichu. It was well... More 

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Hamilton, Bermuda
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 65 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 29, 2015

If you are interested in archaeology like me, this museum is a best first stop to get an overview of Machupicchu's discovery and whatever known history before you actually visit the ruin. When we visited Machupicchu the next day, the stories we learned in the museum sort of came alive for us (of some sort).

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Singapore
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed April 24, 2015

It was a great first stop for some context and history before visiting the archaeological site, especially when there are no exhibits at the site. It's a small museum with not much explanation. The best part was a documentary produced by the History Channel that we sat and watched.

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Colorado
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 143 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed March 22, 2015

Most people don’t know that there is a museum in Aquas Calientes dedicated to Machu Picchu. It official name is the Museo de Sitio Manuel Chavez Ballon and is named after the late resident archaeologist at Machu Picchu, Manuel Chávez Ballón. The museum is located just beyond the point where the busses turn to begin the climb up to Machu... More 

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Invermere, Canada
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 51 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 21, 2015

We had arrived late in the day so took the opportunity to visit this museum which is a 25 min walk along the river. A quiet place we were nicely surprised to have a guided tour by one of the desk staff who were clearly bored by the lack of visitors. We learnt a great deal and it certainly enhanced... More 

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Guatemala City, Guatemala
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed March 18, 2015

If you haven't read anything about Machu Picchu I consider this museum gives you a basic understanding of the context and construction of the city. We went ther because we thought ther would be new pieces since a British university returned a bunch -that they were supposed to give back like 28 months later... decades ago- but apparently they are... More 

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Kfar-Saba , Israel
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2 of 5 stars Reviewed December 3, 2014

Directions to the museum do not exist, The museum itself is really an insult for the title museum - very limited explanations , no articles to see !! The garden is tiny with almost no explanations or naming - no unique plants or anything special ! A waste of effort , time and money !

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Hebden Bridge, United Kingdom
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed December 1, 2014

Some interesting objects and a well done English translation although it raises more questions than it answers and doesn't deliver the promised explanation of "daily life in Machu Picchu". Interesting animated film of the sights of the Inca Trail. Visitors who have just walked down the track from Machu Picchu would appreciate more seating to rest their aching legs! The... More 

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Denver, Colorado
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed November 30, 2014

I went there to see the orchids which were not in bloom. However, I did see a snake curled up in a tree (did not make my day). That said it was interesting seeing all the bromeliads and we learned some facts about the Inca civilization we were confused about. You can buy tickets with your MP entrance tickets but... More 

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Colville, Washington
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 18, 2014

As part of the visit to Machu Piichu this museum should not be missed. It contains a lot of history of the discovery of Machu Picchu and a few interesting artifacts found in the area. I thought it added to what I saw and learned at the ruin. There is a nice botanical garden behind and beside the museum.

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Address: Km. 112 railroad "Puente Ruinas" | By Puente Ruinas at the base of the footpath to the Machu Picchu Citadel, Aguas Calientes, Peru
Location: South America  >  Peru  >  Cusco Region  >  Sacred Valley  >  Aguas Calientes

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