I have my trip to Cusco and Machu Picchu all arranged but I am wondering about backpacks in the actual Machu Picchu site. I know there are limits on large packs that trekkers use. However, my camera bag is designed as backpack..shoulder straps, sternum strap, etc.....it's not very large but has a few compartments for the camera, lenses, etc. Has anyone encountered any problems at Machu like this?
I took a daypack (25 litres) into MP, no problems. I think they just don't like huge rucksacks or luggage. As long as you can carry the bag comfortably all day, it should be fine.
And make sure you take along some snacks and water - the food and drink prices at the sight are exorbitant!
I am not sure you mean the Machu Picchu site or on board the train.
But here is my answer for both:
- Machu Picchu, you are allowed a small tripod, and non-professional gear and small carry on, e.g. parse or camera bag.
- Train, NO LUGGAGE!!! Unless the train is empty in the mornings. Inca Rail do not offer storage, but more expensive Peru Rail do offer over night storage at the station. However, most hotel or hostels will allow you to drop off your bags there for free, even if you don't stay there. You should tip the workers $5 USD or so, like what I did.
- Another thing to keep in mind: NO PLASTIC bottles!!! Including bottled water.
You can watch the full step by step guide to Machu Picchu including how to get there by going to http://www.diytravelshow.com/machupicchu