With the 2024 year well under way, I’ve got a jam-packed list of updates and changes. The new year started with no tickets and complete radio silence, then a week of train suspensions while website glitches created headaches galore as travelers around the world attempted to buy entry tickets on the new Machu Picchu ticketing platform, Although the new tickeing platform is fully operational, I suggest you at least take a glance below to get familiar with a few highlights before you dive in to buy tickets.

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Visiting rules

  • At the entrance, every visitor must show their ticket and passport. Students must also present their valid student ID.
  • Visit duration is generally limited to a maximumof 2,5 hours.
  • The only exceptions are tickets for the surrounding mountain peaks Wayna Picchu, Machu Picchu Mountain, and Huchuy Picchu, which allow for a longer entry.
  • The entry ticket entitles you to a single entry. It is not possible to leave and re-enter the citadel with the same ticket (exception: ticket for Machu Picchu Mountain for visiting Route 3).
  • It is recommended to have a tour guide accompany you on your first visit to Machu Pichu. However, it is not mandatory. For groups of 10 travelers or less, one or more accompanying guide(s) are required. One tour guide must accompany the group for every 10 guests (larger groups are not allowed).

Restrictions

  • You may not take large bags, groceries, and disposable bottles into the citadel.
  • You can only carry one small bag with you.
  • Walking sticks are only allowed for physically challenged and elderly visitors.

Machu Picchu Map & Routes

The routes explained below will change according to the latest resolution by the Ministry of Culture released on December 30th, 2023.

The resolution does not specify concrete dates for the implementation of the new routes. Authorities are aware that visitors may have purchased Machu Picchu tickets prior to the introduction of these routes. In such cases, the authorities will apply the most suitable option, taking into consideration the most similarities between the old and new routes.

Machu Picchu - map of the citadel with the given visiting routes

There are fixed routes through the facility with limited capacities to visit Machu Picchu. Below is an overview of the 4 official routes (as seen on the map above). There is also a 5th route, but this is only valid in combination with the 2-day Inca Trail, which we have included for your information:

Route 1 (upper short tour, red)

This route leads from the entrance through the upper sector, over agricultural terraces, past the guard’s house, through the main entrance to the urban sector, to the sun temple, and from there over the water mirrors in the lower sector back to the exit.

Route 2 (upper long tour, dark blue)

This is the most comprehensive route and is the most complete exploration of the citadel. The route leads from the entrance through the upper sector, over agricultural terraces, past the guard’s house, through the main entrance into the urban sector, to the temple of the sun. From there it continues over the temple square and the Intiwatana in the upper sector to the sacred rock in the rearmost part of the citadel, and then through the lower sector past the Condor Temple to the exit.

For travelers with reduced mobility, you can walk along the route to the guard house where you can decide, together with your guide, if you wish to continue along the circuit, go to the lower part of Route 2 or end the visit and go to the exit.

Route 3 (lower short tour, yellow)

This is the shortest of all routes and includes only a small, limited part of the citadel. The route leads over agricultural terraces directly into the lower sector, past the Temple of the Sun, to the house of the Inca, and from there over the water mirrors in the lower sector back to the exit.

This route only requires you to navigate a few stairsand is particularly suitable for people with reduced mobility.

Route 4 (lower long tour, turquoise)

This route also only includes the lower sector, but leads to the rear area of ​​the citadel. The route leads over agricultural terraces directly into the lower sector, past the Temple of the Sun, to the house of the Inca, and on to the sacred rock, and from there to the lower sector past the Condor Temple and back to the exit.

Route 5 (applies to the 2-day Inca Trail)

For those who decide to hike along the 2-day Inca Trail, you will journey along a section of the famous Inca Trail on the first day. However, this hike does not end in Machu Picchu like the classic Inca Trail.

On the 2nd day of this option for the Inca Trail, you will make use of the regular entrance to Machu Picchu. Once you enter, you will conduct your visit along the so-called Route 5 within the citadel. Route 5 is similar to Route 3 described above and leads directly to the lower sector via Agricultural Terraces, past the Sun Temple to the House of the Inca. From there it continues to the Three Gates (No. 9 on the map) and back around to the exit.

With this ticket, you are not tied to a fixed time window and are permitted to enter the citadel anytime between 06:00 and 11:00 hrs.

If you are looking for a more comprehensive visit to the citadel or want to see something specific along routes 1 through 4 above, you will have to purchase an additional entrance ticket to Machu Picchu for that day.

 

The 2 biggest changes to Machu Picchu entry regulations in 2024.

The most noteworthy change is that there will be a 30 minute tolerance for entering Machu Picchu based on your scheduled entry times. All I can say is you can blame your fellow travelers who organized their own logistics to travel to Machu Picchu in 2023. Those travelers tested the nerves of Machu Picchu gate agents and park authorities so deeply, that the Peru tourism ministry is implementing a “tardiness” policy starting in 2024. It’s important to understand what you’re buying and where you’re supposed to be, and what time you need to be there. Each Llaqta ticket (called GENERAL RATE on the new platform) is printed with one entry time, and the tickets for the hikes will have two entry times. All tickets have a 1 hour entry window for the Machu Picchu Llaqta (main gate.) Tickets for hikes will have a second entry window at the top of the ticket. The 30 minute tolerance applies to the main gate only. Don’t get the two entry times confused. There is still zero tolerance for being late for the hikes. However, Vidal, our manager in Cusco, calls it “selective zero-tolerance” for tardiness for entering the hikes. This means you can maybe “talk your way in,” if all the planets are lined up in your favor. Tickets for the hikes have a 1 hour earlier entry window at Machu Picchu main gate. This is 1 hour before the entry time for the scheduled hike. The fact that Machu Picchu park officials are establishing regulations for tardiness tells me there have been issues with people arriving on time.

We hope that this information is very helpful for you. We offer alternative treks that do not require permits, the most popular being the Salkantay trek, Ancascocha trek, Ausangate trek, Rainbow trek and  lares hot Springs trek, each of which have their own individual features and allure. There are many other alternative treks, all of which are described in great detail on our website or feel free to contact us if you want some guidance in choosing which trek is best for you.

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