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Circuit 1 in Machu Picchu: why choose it?

There are five types of tickets to Machu Picchu. The tickets that most visitors prefer are ‘Machupicchu Only’ and ‘Machupicchu with Inca Bridge’. Both allow the classic postcard photo of the Inca city, as well as the tour of the archaeological site by circuit 1 or circuit 2. The first is a slightly shorter route, which allows you to enjoy the best of the wonder of the Incas without making an exhausting hike. This circuit is estimated to take almost 2 hours and includes the main temples and stone buildings made by the Incas. What else does it include? Learn more!



Tourist appreciating the view from the lookout point of the Guardian's house
Tourist appreciating the view from the lookout point of the Guardian’s house

The optional route to Machu Picchu Inca Bridge
The ‘Machupicchu with Inca Bridge’ ticket is one of the most requested by people from all over the world. The ticket allows you to make the two best circuits in the archaeological site: circuits 1 or 2. It also offers the classic postcard photo of Machupicchu in the sector of the Guardian’s House. And if that were not enough, it also offers the hike to the little known Inca Bridge, which demarcated the access to Machu Picchu through the Amazon region. This type of ticket, along with the ‘Machupicchu Only’ and ‘Machupicchu Only with Huchuy Picchu’ tickets offer the lowest prices. There are discounts for university students, people under 18 years of age and citizens of the Andean Community of Nations: Peruvians, Colombians, Ecuadorians and Bolivians. It is recommended to buy the ticket online 2 or 3 months in advance. This is one of the best options to visit Machu Picchu.


Tickets to Machu Picchu, a safe experience for everyone

  • Machu Picchu offers five different types of experiences in its five available tickets: a) Machupicchu Only ticket, b) Machupicchu Only ticket with Huayna Picchu, c) Machupicchu ticket with Mountain, d) Machupicchu ticket with Huchuy Picchu and e) Machupicchu ticket with Inca Bridge.
  • This is to better reorganize the visit time and the experience in the Inca citadel. Each type of ticket offers a different circuit: circuit 1 (high and low part in partial route), circuit 2 (high and low part in complete route), circuit 3 (partial low part) and circuit 4 (complete low part).
  • In this way the Inca city puts a limit to the tour of Machu Picchu and the time of visit. The maximum average visit is 2 hours and 30 minutes. If a trekking route is added, this time is extended by approximately two more hours.
  • The objective is to make the visit safe for everyone. And, most importantly, to protect Machu Picchu from the excessive number of daily visitors.
Group of llamas in Machu Picchu
Group of llamas in Machu Picchu

Machu Picchu ticket prices and schedules

These are the schedules for each of the tickets to Machu Picchu

  • Ticket Machupicchu Only schedules (circuits 1 and 2 available):

    • First group: entrance to the archaeological site from 6 to 7 in the morning.
    • Second group: entrance to the archaeological site from 7 to 8 in the morning.
    • Third group: entrance to the archaeological site from 8 to 9 in the morning.
    • Fourth group: entrance to the archaeological site from 9 to 10 in the morning.
    • Fifth group: entrance to the archaeological site from 10 to 11 in the morning
    • Sixth group: entrance to the archaeological site from 11 to noon.
    • Seventh group: entrance to the archaeological site from noon to 1 in the afternoon.
    • Eighth group: entrance to the archaeological site from 1 to 2 in the afternoon.
    • Ninth group: entrance to the archaeological site from 2 to 3 in the afternoon.
    • Tenth group: entrance to the archaeological site from 3 to 4 in the afternoon.
  • Ticket Machupicchu with Huayna Picchu schedules (circuit 4 available):

    • First group: entrance to the archaeological site from 7 to 8 a.m. / entrance to Huayna Picchu from 8 to 9 a.m.
    • Second group: entrance to the archaeological site from 8 to 9 a.m. / entrance to Huayna Picchu from 9 to 10 a.m.
    • Third group: entrance to the archaeological site from 9 to 10 a.m. / entrance to Huayna Picchu from 10 to 11 a.m.
    • Fourth group: entrance to the archaeological site from 10 to 11 a.m. / entrance to Huayna Picchu from 11 to noon.
  • Ticket Machupicchu with Mountain schedules (circuit 3 available):

    • First group: entrance to the archaeological site from 7 to 8 a.m. / entrance to the mountain from 8 to 9 a.m.
    • Second group: entrance to the archaeological site from 9 to 10 a.m. / entrance to the mountain from 10 to 11 a.m.
  • Ticket Machupicchu with Huchuy Picchu schedules (circuit 4 available):

    • First group: entrance to the archaeological site from 7 to 8 a.m. / entrance to Huchuy Picchu from 8 to 9 a.m.
    • Second group: entrance to the archaeological site from 8 to 9 a.m. / entrance to Huchuy Picchu from 9 to 10 a.m.
    • Third group: entrance to the archaeological site from 9 to 10 a.m. / entrance to Huchuy Picchu from 10 to 11 a.m.
    • Fourth group: entrance to the archaeological site from 10 to 11 a.m. / entrance to Huchuy Picchu from 11 to noon.
    • Fifth group: entrance to the archaeological site from 11 to noon / entrance to Huchuy Picchu from noon to 1 p.m.
  • Ticket Machupicchu with Inca Bridge schedules (circuits 1 and 2 available):

    • First group: entrance to the archaeological site from 7 to 8 a.m. / entrance to the Inca Bridge from 8 to 9 a.m.
    • Second group: entrance to the archaeological site from 8 to 9 a.m. / entrance to the Inca Bridge from 9 to 10 a.m.
    • Third group: entrance to the archaeological site from 9 to 10 a.m. / entrance to the Inca Bridge from 10 to 11 a.m.
    • Fourth group: entrance to the archaeological site from 10 to 11 a.m. / entrance to the Inca Bridge from 11 to noon.
    • Fifth group: entrance to the archaeological site from 11 to noon / entrance to the Inca Bridge from 1 to 2 p.m.
    • Sixth group: entrance to the archaeological site from noon to 1 p.m. / entrance to the Inca Bridge from 1 to 2 p.m.
    • Seventh group: entrance to the archaeological site from 1 to 2 p.m. / entrance to the Inca Bridge from 2 to 3 p.m.
    • Eighth group: entrance to the archaeological site from 2 to 3 p.m. / entrance to the Inca Bridge from 3 to 4 p.m.
    • Ninth group: entrance to the archaeological site from 3 to 4 p.m. / entrance to the Inca Bridge from 4 to 5 p.m.

And these are the prices of each of the entrances to Machu Picchu (official prices):

Entrance Machupicchu Only
Entrance to Machu PicchuForeignersPeru, Colombia, Ecuador or Bolivia
Adults in general152 Peruvian soles64 Peruvian soles
University students77 Peruvian soles32 Peruvian soles
Under 18 years of age70 Peruvian soles32 Peruvian soles
Entrance Machu Picchu with Huayna Picchu
Entrance to Machu PicchuForeignersPeru, Colombia, Ecuador or Bolivia
Adults in general200 Peruvian soles112 Peruvian soles
University students125 Peruvian soles80 Peruvian soles
Under 18 years of age118 Peruvian soles80 Peruvian soles
Entrance Machu Picchu with Mountain
Entrance to Machu PicchuForeignersPeru, Colombia, Ecuador or Bolivia
Adults in general200 Peruvian soles112 Peruvian soles
University students125 Peruvian soles80 Peruvian soles
Under 18 years of age118 Peruvian soles80 Peruvian soles
Entrance Machu Picchu with Huchuy Picchu
Entrance to Machu PicchuForeignersPeru, Colombia, Ecuador or Bolivia
Adults in general200 Peruvian soles112 Peruvian soles
University students125 Peruvian soles80 Peruvian soles
Under 18 years of age118 Peruvian soles80 Peruvian soles
Entrance Machu Picchu with Inca Bridge
Entrance to Machu PicchuForeignersPeru, Colombia, Ecuador or Bolivia
Adults in general152 Peruvian soles64 Peruvian soles
University students77 Peruvian soles32 Peruvian soles
Under 18 years of age70 Peruvian soles32 Peruvian soles


This is circuit 1 in Machu Picchu

Circuit 1 in Machu Picchu begins with the access of tourists through the main gate of Machu Picchu (on the road Hiram Bingham s/n).

Then a 15 to 20 minute walk up the stone stairs that lead to the area of the Guardian’s House, from where the best photographs are taken.

Then begins the tour of the main Inca constructions. The road is downhill passing through the gateway to the religious sector. The first of the Inca temples to be seen is the Temple of the Sun.

A few steps further on you will reach the Main Square, where two important temples stand out: the Main Temple and the Temple of the Three Windows. Both are open every day from 6 am to 5 pm.

Then, the Intihuatana can be accessed by a short stone staircase. However, this Inca construction is open only from 7 am and 10 am.

Here, circuit 1 cuts its way down some stone stairs directly to the urban sector where the visitor can visit, asking a guard, the Temple of the Condor (open only from 10 am to 1 pm).

On the way out to Machu Picchu the tourist can also visit the water sources and the agricultural sector. There, you can get beautiful pictures of llamas, the most famous auquenidos in Machu Picchu.

After the visit to Machu Picchu of approximately 2 hours, it is time to leave the archaeological site.


Map of the circuit 1 in Machu Picchu

Machu Picchu Circuit 1

All the circuits in Machu Picchu: differences and similarities

CircuitsCircuit 1 (recommended for all)Circuit 2 (recommended for all)Circuit 3 (recommended for older adults)Circuit 4 (recommended for all)
TicketMachupicchu Only and Machupicchu with Inca BridgeMachupicchu Only or Machupicchu with Inca BridgeMachupicchu with MountainMachupicchu with Huayna Picchu or Machupicchu with Huchuy Picchu
PhotoClassic photo from the Guardian HouseClassic photo from the Guardian HouseBeautiful photo from the agricultural sector of MachupicchuBeautiful photo from the agricultural sector of Machupicchu
Inca constructionsGuardian’s House, Temple of the Sun, Main Temple, Temple of the 3 Windows, water fountains and agricultural sectorGuardian’s House, Temple of the Sun, Main Temple, Temple of the 3 Windows, Intihuatana, Sacred Rock, Temple of the Condor, Water Mirrors, water fountains and agricultural sectorAgricultural sector, water springs, Temple of the Sun and House of the IncaAgricultural sector, water sources, Temple of the Sun, House of the Inca, Sacred Rock, Temple of the Condor and Water Mirrors.
Travel timeApproximately 2 hoursApproximately 2 hours 30 minutesApproximately 1 hourApproximately 1 hour 30 minutes
DifficultyModerateModerateEasyEasy

Circuit 1 in Machu Picchu: questions and answers

  • 1) Which tickets offer circuit 1 in Machu Picchu?

    Tickets a) Machupicchu Only and b) Machupicchu Only with Inca Bridge; offer circuit 1 in the archaeological site of Machu Picchu.

  • 2) Why choose circuit 1 in Machu Picchu?

    This circuit offers the classic postcard photo as well as the visit to the main religious temples of Machu Picchu.

  • 3) Does circuit 1 include the classic postcard photo in Machu Picchu?

    Yes, this circuit offers the famous photo of Machu Picchu. You can get it from the sector of the Guardian’s House.

  • 4) How long does it take to do circuit 1 in Machu Picchu?

    This circuit takes approximately 2 hours.

  • 5) Does circuit 1 include the Intihuatana in Machu Picchu?

    No, this circuit does not include this famous Inca construction.

  • 6) Does circuit 1 allow me to visit the Temple of the Condor?

    Yes, by requesting permission from a guard, the visitor can visit the Temple of the Condor from 10 am to 1 pm.

  • 7) Can I see llamas with circuit 1 in Machu Picchu?

    Yes, in the agricultural sector or in the Guardian’s House you can photograph llamas in Machu Picchu.

  • 8) Is circuit 1 in Machu Picchu recommended for older adults?

    Yes, this circuit is suitable for older adults in acceptable physical condition.

  • 9) Does circuit 1 include the Sacred Rock in Machu Picchu?

    No, this Inca construction is not included in circuit 1 in Machu Picchu.

  • 10) Does circuit 1 include the Temple of the Sun in Machu Picchu?

    Yes, this famous temple, the most important in Machu Picchu, is included in circuit 1.

Advice from people who have been there

Machu Picchu

Fabiana L.By: Fabiana L.

“Beautiful memories“

“From Machu Picchu I take the best memories, I will never forget everything I experienced in Peru. Cusco is a place with a lot of history and an atmosphere of tranquility. We were always well treated by its people.“

 

By Ticket Machu Picchu – Last updated, May 20, 2024