Leave them. Poles not allowed in machu picchu
Here's what the Machu Picchu rules state:
"Walking sticks are allowed only for the elderly and handicapped persons"
I found this on this site
So they may not believe you need them. Also, if you decide to take them, make sure they have rubber tips. Rubber tip poles are required for the Inca Trail, so I think that's a good idea for Machu Picchu as well.
Its not permitted because it can damage the site. If people are just finishing up the inca trail, they have to leave them at the front.
I was wondering about that. I'll be trekking and planned on renting a pole. Do the trek companies provide folding trekking poles that I can put in my backpack for storage at the gate? How does the storage system work there?
Just get the wooden pole for 10 soles(including the rubber tip which can be quite useful) at the Sacred valley.
I was at Machu Picchu just 2 weeks ago and there were many people who took their hiking poles along to explore the site with approval from the authorities - ALL of them had rubber tips.
I don't think that poles would be of any benefit to you on Huayna Picchu.
I was at machu picchu in March 2009. There were 2 women using walking sticks. These women clearly did not need them. It made me mad. I had no idea whether there was a policy or not. I just thought it was common sense not to add unnecessary wear to the ruins.
It was my first time there & I was surprised how we were allowed to walk all over the ruins. I thought for sure there would be roped off areas. It definitely would not make sense to allow walking sticks. They don't even allow food or large backpacks.
Thank you all for your input. I'm very grateful for this forum to get such good advice...so definitely no hiking poles. Anything that makes for lighter travel is good! And forgive me for misspelling "Machu."
I used trekking poles at Machu Picchu in September. They are absolutely allowed, but you must have rubber tips on them (as well as on the trail). There are a LOT of steps at macho Picchu as well.