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Circuit 3 in Machu Picchu: what does it include?

Machu Picchu was an Inca city of great importance in the Tahuantinsuyo empire due to its location in the jungle. It has incredible stone buildings such as the Temple of the Sun, the Main Temple, the Temple of the 3 Windows, the Sacred Rock, the Intihuatana, the House of the Inca and more. However, due to the excessive number of daily visitors, tourists cannot see everything. There are established circuits that allow to decongest the influx of people in the citadel. Circuit 3 is one of the most recommended for senior citizens and people with physical disabilities. What is the circuit like and what does it include? Learn more!



View of Machu Picchu from another point of view
View of Machu Picchu from another point of view

The Machu Picchu with Mountain ticket, the best option?
There are up to five types of tickets to Machu Picchu, all offering a different experience and circuit through the archaeological site. The ‘Machu Picchu with Mountain’ ticket could be one of the best options as it offers the visit to the Inca city, as well as an additional route to the highest point of the site: the Machu Picchu mountain at 3,082 meters above sea level. The tour of Machu Picchu is through circuit 3, the shortest but includes important buildings such as the Temple of the Sun or the House of the Inca. Before starting the hike to the mountain, requesting permission from a guard, the tourist can take the classic postcard photo in the area of the Guardian’s House. Then you must continue to the top of the most spectacular mountain, with a panoramic view of the whole place. This ticket also allows you to re-enter Machupicchu after leaving the mountain and the Inca archaeological site.


The visit in Machu Picchu

The tourist visit to Machu Picchu is available every day of the year from 6 am to 5 pm. The Inca city is open to visitors even on Sundays and holidays such as Christmas (December 25) or New Year’s Day (January 1).

To make the tour you must purchase one of the five types of tickets available: a) the Machupicchu Solo ticket, b) the Machupicchu with Huaynapicchu ticket, c) the Machupicchu with Mountain ticket, d) the Machupicchu with Huchuy Picchu ticket and e) the Machupicchu with Inca Bridge ticket. Each type of ticket offers a different experience in the tourist visit.

Likewise, each type of ticket offers a special circuit in Machu Picchu. Circuit 1 and circuit 2 offer the visit to the archaeological site from the upper part, from where you get the classic postcard photo and the visit to the main temples of the religious sector. Circuit 3 and 4 offer the visit from the lower part where you get nice pictures and the visit to special Inca constructions in a shorter route.

Tourists watching the sunrise in Machu Picchu
Tourists watching the sunrise in Machu Picchu

The tickets and circuits in Machu Picchu

These are the four types of Machu Picchu tickets and Machu Picchu tours included:

Sightseeing tour in Machu PicchuDescriptionCircuit in the archaeological site
Ticket Machupicchu OnlyThis ticket allows you to enter the archaeological site of Machu Picchu through its main constructions, including the sector of the Guardian’s House where the classic postcard photo is taken. The ticket offers ten entrance times: from 6 am, 7 am, 8 am, 9 am and so on until 3 pm. The visiting time is approximately 2 hours and 30 minutes.Circuit 1 – This circuit allows you to visit buildings such as the House of the Guardian (classic photo), the Temple of the Sun (from the top), the Main Temple, the Temple of the 3 Windows, the Temple of the Condor (from 10 am to 1 pm), the water fountains and the agricultural sector. The circuit takes 2 hours on average.
Circuit 2 – This circuit allows you to visit constructions such as the House of the Guardian (classic photo), the Temple of the Sun (from the top), the Main Temple, the Temple of the 3 Windows, the Intihuatana (from 7 am to 10 am), the Sacred Rock, the water mirrors, the Temple of the Condor (from 10 am to 1 pm), the water fountains and the agricultural sector. The circuit takes 2 hours and 30 minutes on average.
Ticket Machupicchu with Huayna PicchuThis ticket allows you to enter the archaeological site of Machu Picchu from the lower part (agricultural and urban area). The circuit 4 included takes 1 hour 30 minutes on average and includes a nice photo from the lower agricultural part (where llamas are contemplated). In addition, the ticket offers the hike to the famous Huayna Picchu mountain (route of almost 2 hours). The ticket offers four entrance times: from 7 am, 8 am, 9 am and 10 am. The visiting time from the entrance is approximately 5 hours.Circuit 4 – This circuit allows you to visit buildings such as the House of the Inca, the Temple of the Sun, the Sacred Rock, the water mirrors, the Temple of the Condor (from 10 am to 1 pm), the water fountains and the agricultural sector (nice picture of Machu Picchu but from the bottom). The circuit takes 1 hour 30 minutes on average.
Ticket Machupicchu with MountainThis ticket allows you to enter the archaeological site of Machu Picchu from the lower part (agricultural and urban area). The circuit 3 included takes 1 hour on average and includes a nice photo from the lower agricultural part (where llamas are contemplated). In addition, the ticket offers the hike to the Machu Picchu mountain (route of a little more than 2 hours). The ticket offers two entrance times: from 7 am and 9 am. The visit time from the entrance is approximately 6 hours.Circuit 3 – This circuit allows you to visit buildings such as the House of the Inca, the Temple of the Sun, the water fountains and the agricultural sector (nice picture of Machu Picchu but from the bottom). The circuit takes 1 hour on average. It is recommended for older adults or people with limited physical capacity.
Ticket Machupicchu with Huchuy PicchuThis ticket allows you to enter the archaeological site of Machu Picchu from the lower part (agricultural and urban area). The included circuit 4 takes 1 hour 30 minutes on average and includes a nice photo from the lower agricultural part (where llamas are contemplated). In addition, the ticket offers the hike to the small mountain Huchuy Picchu (route of only 40 minutes). The ticket offers five entrance times: from 7 am, 8 am, 9 am, 10 am and 11 am. The visiting time from the entrance is approximately 4 hours.Circuit 4 – This circuit allows you to visit buildings such as the House of the Inca, the Temple of the Sun, the Sacred Rock, the water mirrors, the Temple of the Condor (from 10 am to 1 pm), the water fountains and the agricultural sector (nice picture of Machu Picchu but from the bottom). The circuit takes 1 hour 30 minutes on average.
Ticket Machupicchu with Inca BridgeThis ticket allows you to enter the archaeological site of Machu Picchu through its main buildings, including the area of the Guardian’s House where the classic postcard photo is taken. It also allows you to hike (30 minutes on average) to the little known Inca Bridge of Machu Picchu. The ticket offers nine entrance times: from 7 am, 8 am, 9 am and so on until 3 pm. The visit time is approximately 3 hours.Circuit 1 – This circuit allows you to visit buildings such as the House of the Guardian (classic photo), the Temple of the Sun (from the top), the Main Temple, the Temple of the 3 Windows, the Temple of the Condor (from 10 am to 1 pm), the water fountains and the agricultural sector. The circuit takes 2 hours on average.
Circuit 2 – This circuit allows you to visit constructions such as the House of the Guardian (classic photo), the Temple of the Sun (from the top), the Main Temple, the Temple of the 3 Windows, the Intihuatana (from 7 am to 10 am), the Sacred Rock, the water mirrors, the Temple of the Condor (from 10 am to 1 pm), the water fountains and the agricultural sector. The circuit takes 2 hours and 30 minutes on average.

What is circuit 3 in Machu Picchu: what does it include?

Circuit 3 in Machu Picchu begins with the entrance to the archaeological site from the lower part, that is, at the same access gate but with a detour to the left (most visitors continue to the right ascending a set of stone stairs).

Then you visit the agricultural sector where you can take beautiful pictures of Machu Picchu from the bottom. In this sector there are even benches under a thatched roof where visitors can rest and contemplate the Inca city for as long as they need.

If you continue along the route, you will arrive a few steps higher to the Temple of the Sun. Unlike circuits 1 and 2; in circuit 3 the visit is through the lower part, where you can contemplate closely its perfect stone structures.

A few steps ahead the visitor will enter the House of the Inca, where you can appreciate its interior enclosure, its bathrooms, viewpoints, niches and everything made with the utmost finesse and perfection.

Then the visitor will descend to the Water Fountains. Before, if you ask a guard, you can visit the Temple of the Condor, available from 10 am to 1 pm. There, in addition, there are stone enclosures worth admiring.

On the way back, the visitor can take another picture with Machu Picchu in the background in the agricultural sector. In addition, llamas usually graze in this area, which facilitates one of the most sought-after photos in the tourist visit.

Then it is time to leave the Inca site. This circuit is short, only 1 hour. It is recommended for visitors who can not move easily or have any physical impediment due to an accident or advanced age.


Map of circuit 3 in Machu Picchu

Tour of Machu Picchu circuit 3
Tour of Machu Picchu circuit 3

What is included and not included in all the circuits in Machu Picchu?

Machu PicchuTemple of the SunHouse of the IncaAgricultural sector (photo)Main TempleTemple of the 3 WindowsIntihuatanaSacred RockTemple of the CondorHouse of the Guardian (photo)
Circuit 1YesNoYesYesYesNoNoYesYes
Circuit 2YesNoYesYesYesYesYesYesYes
Circuit 3YesYesYesNoNoNoNoYesNo
Circuit 4YesYesYesNoNoNoYesYesNo

Questions and answers about the circuit 3 in Machu Picchu

  • 1) How long does it take to do circuit 3 in Machu Picchu?

    This circuit lasts approximately 1 hour. It is the shortest circuit in the Inca citadel.

  • 2) Who is circuit 3 in Machu Picchu recommended for?

    Circuit 3 in Machu Picchu is recommended for older visitors or those with any physical condition. It is a short route and suitable for these cases.

  • 3) What ticket includes circuit 3 in Machu Picchu?

    The Machupicchu with Mountain ticket offers the tour of the Inca archaeological site in circuit 3.

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

    No, this circuit does not include the visit to the sector of the Guardian’s House where these photos are taken. However, you can get a similar photo but from the lower part in the agricultural sector of Machupicchu.

  • 5) Does circuit 3 in Machu Picchu include the visit to the Intihuatana?

    No, this Inca temple of Machu Picchu is not included in the circuit 3 tour.

  • 6) Does circuit 3 in Machu Picchu include the visit to the Temple of the Sun?

    Yes, this Inca temple of Machu Picchu is included in the circuit 3 tour.

  • 7) Does circuit 3 in Machu Picchu include the visit to the Inca House?

    Yes, this Inca temple of Machu Picchu is included in the circuit 3 tour.

  • 8) Does circuit 3 in Machu Picchu include the visit to the Main Temple?

    No, this Inca temple of Machu Picchu is not included in the circuit 3 tour.

  • 9) Is it dangerous to do circuit 3 in Machu Picchu?

    No, circuit 3 is very safe and suitable for all people, especially seniors.

  • 10) Does circuit 3 in Machu Picchu include the visit to the Temple of the Condor?

    In theory, this Inca temple is not included in circuit 3. However, if the visitor asks a guard to enter, he/she will have no problem visiting it. The visiting hours are from 10 am to 1 pm.

Advice from people who have been there

Machu Picchu

Paula C.By: Paula C.

“On the roads of the Incas“

“Machu Picchu takes your breath away. Not only for the beautiful landscapes but also for its paths and routes up to high mountains like Huayna Picchu. But once at the top you feel full of energy. A place that makes you want to come back a thousand times.“

 

By Ticket Machu Picchu – Last updated, May 23, 2024