Changes in visits to Machu Picchu
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Changes in admission and visits to Machu Picchu

In recent years, all kinds of measures have been taken to preserve the Llaqta Inca of Machu Picchu, from limiting admission tickets to Machu Picchu, to studies of the impact of tourism in the long term. The Decentralized Department of Culture Cusco, in compliance with the regulations for the sustainable use and conservation of the Machu Picchu Heritage, has announced that from July 1, 2017, “changes as to admission and visits to Machu Picchu”. New entrance schedules in two shifts, and you will need to hire a guide to tour the Inca city.

View of Machu Picchu
Machu Picchu one of the seven wonders of the modern world

Schedule of entrance to Machu Picchu from July 1, 2017

  • Machu Picchu Solo – Morning: entrance from 06:00 to 12:00 hours. (You can stay until 12:00 hours)
  • Machu Picchu Solo – Afternoon: entrance from 12:00 to 17:30 hours. (You can stay in until 17:30 hours)


The tickets Machu Picchu that have been purchased in advance to enter the Inca city from July 1, 2017, will be automatically transferred to the first group, so we recommend you to foresee your train tickets. However, the authorities said they will be flexible with people who have purchased their tickets in advance.”

If you buy your Machu Picchu tickets in the month of May, they will be sent to the email with which you made the reservation, the first week of June; This is due to the fact that during the month of May the reservation system of the Cusco Ministry of Culture will be updated. However, you can also book your tickets in advance with us. Check availability .

Average number of visitors per shift

In the first shift can enter approximately 45% to 55% of visitors, according to the capacity of influx. The second turn can vary in the same way, depending on the resolution.

Timetables ticket Machu Picchu + Huayna Picchu

  • Huayna Picchu Group 1 – entrance from 7:00 am to 8:00 am. (rise and descent in 2 hour and 30 minutes)
  • Huayna Picchu Group 2 – entrance from 10:00 am to 11:00 am (rise and descent in 2 hour and 30 minutes)

In case of buying the ticket Machu Picchu + Huayna Picchu Group 2, we recommend you to enter the Inca city from 6 am, so you will have more time in the citadel, before entering Huayna Picchu. You must leave the Inca city of Machu Picchu at 13:00 hours maximum.

Timetables ticket Machu Picchu + mountain

  • Mountain first schedule – entrance from 7:00 am to 8:00 am. (rise and descent in 3 hours)
  • Mountain second schedule – entrance from 9:00 am to 10:00 am. (rise and descent in 3 hours)

As in the previous case, to buy the ticket Machu Picchu + mountain in the second schedule , we recommend to arrive at the citadel from 6 am, so you can walk without difficulty and you will have enough time to enjoy the Machu Picchu mountain. You must leave the Inca city of Machu Picchu no later than 2:00 p.m.

You will need to hire a guide to enter Machu Picchu

Tour guide in machu picchu
A tour guide will help you to know better the Inca city of Machu Picchu

The changes for the preservation of the heritage of Machu Picchu also contemplate that from July 1st, not only will you need to choose a shift to enter Machu Picchu, but also hire a guide, and you will not be able to enter without it.

You can hire a guide at the entrance gate to Machu Picchu; However, hiring a private guide with us, or joining one of our shared groups, guarantees you an excellent guide. Remember that making the right decisions on a trip like this can make the difference. Contact us at

Why hire a guide with us?

Many of the people who make the trip to Machu Picchu, do it for once, fulfilling a dream or to remove it from their bucket lists. Your guide will accompany you throughout the tour of the Inca city, therefore much of what you learn of Machu Picchu, will come directly from your guide. At “” we work with some of the best guides in Machu Picchu; People identified with their culture and past, insightful and with good humor; You will notice your guide’s desire to show you why Machu Picchu is considered one of the seven wonders of the world.

How is a guided tour in Machu Picchu?

The guided tour in Machu Picchu lasts around 2 and a half hours and will give you the opportunity to know more about the Inca city and the civilization that built it. Some of the most amazing structures in the world are in this place; So you will need a good guide to explain about the “temple of the sun”, “temple of the condor”, “Intihuatana”, “temple of the 3 windows” and other dozens of Inca constructions.

From June to August (high season), we recommend that you book not only your Machu Picchu tickets in advance, but also ensure a great experience with one of our guides; In addition, you will have to book train tickets, immediately after knowing your date of entry to Machu Picchu, in this way you will not have to choose among the remaining services, which are usually the most expensive.

Guided tour: shared or private?

You can join one of our shared groups, the groups are up to 16 people. If you want a private guide, we will provide you with one according to your needs, whether you are coming alone, in a group (family and / or friends) or with children.



By Ticket Machu Picchu – Last updated, March 27, 2019