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Which entrances to Machu Picchu are open all year round?

There are six entrances to Machu Picchu available throughout the year and only four are valid during the high tourist season: from June 1 to October 15. The tickets available at this time of year are those leading to the Intipunku (Sun Gate), Huchuy Picchu Mountain, the Inca Bridge and the Great Cavern (Temple of the Moon). Learn more about the new tickets to Machu Picchu open only in high tourist season and tickets available all year round.



View of Machu Picchu from the lower part of the site
View of Machu Picchu from the lower part of the site

The three new circuits in Machu Picchu
With the new entrances to Machu Picchu, three new circuits were also created within the archaeological site. Circuit 1 is called panoramic because it includes the visit to the sector of the Guardian’s House where you can get the best pictures of the Inca citadel. Circuit 2 is called classic because it offers the most classic (and recommended) tour of the Inca constructions and temples. Circuit 3 is called royalty because it offers a tour of Inca buildings of great importance for the Incas (such as the House of the Inca or the Temple of the Sun). Each type of ticket offers a tour of Machu Picchu in one of the three new circuits. Some tickets also offer a hike to an Inca mountain or construction.


Changes in the visit to Machu Picchu

There are three new circuits and ten new entrance tickets to the Inca citadel of Machu Picchu. Since 2024, these new rules were implemented to protect the archaeological site from the large number of visitors per day. In this way, the new rules seek to protect Machu Picchu from possible collapse.

The most important changes in Machu Picchu are the new trekking routes and tickets to tourist attractions that were previously closed to the public, such as: the hike to Intipunku (the Sun Gate) or the hike to the Great Cavern (the Temple of the Moon). Both trekking routes can be done with the respective tickets: Machupicchu with Intipunku and Machupicchu with the Great Cavern.

In addition, tourist visits to tourist attractions such as the Huayna Picchu Mountains, Machu Picchu Mountain, Huchuy Picchu Mountain or the Machupicchu Inca Bridge were reorganized. For the visit to these Inca constructions there are differentiated tickets that include a tour of Machu Picchu through one of the three circuits available.

The Great Cavern also known as the Temple of the Moon - Machu Picchu
The Great Cavern also known as the Temple of the Moon – Machu Picchu

Circuit 1 is known as the panoramic circuit because it includes the visit to the sector of the Guardian’s House where you can get the best pictures of the Inca citadel. Circuit 2 is known as the classic circuit because it offers the most classic (and recommended) tour of the Inca constructions and temples. Circuit 3 is called the royal circuit because it offers a tour of Inca buildings of great importance for the Incas (such as the House of the Inca or the Temple of the Sun).

However, not all tickets to Machu Picchu are available all year round. During the high tourist season, from June 1 to October 15 each year, four entrance tickets are available: the Machu Picchu ticket with Inca Bridge, the Machu Picchu ticket with Huchuy Picchu, the Machu Picchu ticket with Intipunku and the Machu Picchu ticket with Great Cavern. The purchase of these tickets can be done all year round but the tourist visit only from June 1 to October 15.

Tourists can purchase tickets online or in person in the city of Cusco or in the town of Aguas Calientes. The online purchase can be made from anywhere in the world, so it is the most advisable to get availability. The purchase in Cusco is made in the authorized offices of the Ministry of Culture of Peru. However, if it is done a few days before, most likely there will be no availability. Then, the last option is to do it in the same town of Machu Picchu (called Aguas Calientes). There, according to new regulations, the purchase is made in person with one thousand tickets available. In practice, the safest thing to do is to find a ticket for the next day, which requires spending at least one night in a hotel in this town before making the final visit to Machu Picchu.

The rules aim to improve the quality of visits to Machu Picchu but, above all, to ensure a good state of conservation of the archaeological site for new generations.

Map of all Machu Picchu circuits
Map of all Machu Picchu circuits

What are the new entrance tickets to Machu Picchu?

These are the ten new entrance tickets to Machu Picchu:

  • Ticket Machu Picchu Classic Photo – Circuit 1, the panoramic circuit.
  • Ticket Machu Picchu Classic – Circuit 2, the classic circuit.
  • Ticket Machu Picchu Classic Lower Terrace – Circuit 2, the classic circuit.
  • Ticket Machu Picchu Lower Temples – Circuit 3, the royal circuit.
  • Ticket Machu Picchu with Huayna Picchu – Circuit 3, the royal circuit.
  • Ticket Machu Picchu with Mountain – Circuit 1, the panoramic circuit.
  • Ticket Machu Picchu with Huchuy Picchu – Circuit 3, the royal circuit.
  • Ticket Machu Picchu with Inca Bridge – Circuit 1, the panoramic circuit.
  • Ticket Machu Picchu with Intipunku – Circuit 1, the panoramic circuit.
  • Ticket Machu Picchu with Temple of the Moon (Great Cavern) – Circuit 3, the royal circuit.
View of the temple of the 3 windows of Machu Picchu
View of the temple of the 3 windows of Machu Picchu

Entrance tickets to Machu Picchu are open all year round

  • Ticket Machu Picchu Classic Photo – Circuit 1 / 10 hours of admission / available all year round and for all ages.
  • Ticket Machu Picchu Classic – Circuit 2 / 10 hours of admission / available all year round and for all ages.
  • Ticket Machu Picchu Classic Lower Terrace – Circuit 2 / 10 hours of admission / available all year round and for all ages.
  • Ticket Machu Picchu lower temples – Circuit 3 / 10 hours of admission / available all year round and for all ages.
  • Ticket Machu Picchu with Huayna Picchu – Circuit 3 / 2 hours of admission / available all year round and for all ages.
  • Ticket Machu Picchu with Mountain – Circuit 1 / 2 hours of admission / available all year round and for people over 18 years old.
Summit of Huayna Picchu Mountain
Summit of Huayna Picchu Mountain

Entrance tickets to Machu Picchu that are open during the high tourist season

  • Ticket Machu Picchu with Huchuy Picchu – Circuit 3 / 2 entrance hours / available from June 1 to October 15 and for those over 18 years old.
  • Ticket Machu Picchu with Inca Bridge – Circuit 1 / 4 entrance hours / available from June 1 to October 15 and for people over 18 years old.
  • Ticket Machu Picchu with Intipunku – Circuit 1 / 4 hours of admission / available from June 1 to October 15 and for all ages.
  • Ticket Machu Picchu with Temple of the Moon (Great Cavern) – Circuit 3 / 2 entrance hours / available from June 1 to October 15 and for people over 18 years old.
Viewpoint Intipunku - Machu Picchu
Viewpoint Intipunku – Machu Picchu

Buying tickets to Machu Picchu all year round

Although there are four tickets to Machu Picchu available only for the high tourist season (June 1 to October 15), they can be purchased throughout the year. In addition, it is best to make the purchase months in advance:

  • Ticket Machu Picchu with Huchuy Picchu – It is recommended to purchase online at least 2 months in advance.
  • Ticket Machu Picchu with Inca Bridge – It is recommended to purchase online at least 2 months in advance.
  • Ticket Machu Picchu with Intipunku – It is recommended to purchase online at least 3 months in advance.
  • Ticket Machu Picchu with Temple of the Moon (Great Cavern) – It is recommended to purchase online at least 3 months in advance.
Top of Huchuy Picchu Mountain
Top of Huchuy Picchu Mountain

Differences between Machu Picchu tickets available all year round

Tickets to Machu Picchu available from June 1 to October 15Boleto Machu Picchu with Huchuy PicchuBoleto Machu Picchu with Inca BridgeBoleto Machu Picchu with IntipunkuBoleto Machu Picchu with Temple of the Moon
Machu Picchu CircuitCircuit 3Circuit 1Circuit 1Circuit 3
Approximate walking distance1 kilometer (round trip)1 kilometer (round trip)4 kilometers (round trip)6 kilometers (round trip)
Approximate walking time1 hour (round trip)1 hour (round trip)2 hours (round trip)4 hours (round trip)
Permitted age for hikingOver 18 years oldOver 18 years oldAll agesOver 18 years old
Inca constructionsViewpoint at the top of Huchuy Picchu MountainMachu Picchu Inca BridgeThe Intipunku (the Sun Gate of Machu Picchu)The Great Cavern (Machu Picchu’s Temple of the Moon)
Ticket price152 soles for foreign adults152 soles for foreign adults152 soles for foreign adults200 soles for foreign adults
RecommendedFor all personsFor all personsFor adults, children or elderly people in good physical conditionFor visitors in good physical condition

Questions and answers about Machu Picchu tickets available all year round

  • 1) Which entrances to Machu Picchu are available all year round?

    Machu Picchu Classic Photo, Machu Picchu Classic, Machu Picchu Classic Lower Terrace, Machu Picchu Lower Temples, Machu Picchu with Huayna Picchu and Machu Picchu with Mountain are available all year round.

  • 2) And which Machu Picchu tickets are not available all year round?

    Machu Picchu with Huchuy Picchu, Machu Picchu with Inca Bridge, Machu Picchu with Intipunku and Machu Picchu with Temple of the Moon are available during the high tourist season, from June 1 to October 15.

  • 3) What are the high season days for tourism in Machu Picchu?

    From June 1 to October 15 are the days of high tourist season in Machu Picchu.

  • 4) Is Machu Picchu open all year round and does it close on any day?

    Machu Picchu is open to tourists all year round. The Inca city never closes, except for emergencies such as natural disasters or protests.

  • 5) How far in advance should I buy the Intipunku ticket?

    The Machu Picchu ticket with Intipunku must be purchased online 2 or 3 months in advance.

  • 6) How long before buying the ticket to the Inca Bridge?

    The Machu Picchu ticket with Inca Bridge must be purchased online 1 or 2 months in advance.

  • 7) How far in advance should I buy the ticket to the Temple of the Moon?

    The Machu Picchu with Temple of the Moon (Great Cavern) ticket must be purchased online 2 or 3 months in advance.

  • 8) How far in advance should I buy the entrance to Huchuy Picchu mountain?

    The Machu Picchu with Huchuy Picchu ticket must be purchased online 1 or 2 months in advance.

  • 9) Is the Inca Trail to Machu Picchu tour available all year round?

    No, this tour, which allows entrance to Machu Picchu, is available all year round except for February, the rainiest month in Machu Picchu and Cusco.

  • 10) Which entrance to Machu Picchu is available for visitors of all ages?

    Machu Picchu Classic Photo, Machu Picchu Classic, Machu Picchu Classic Lower Terrace, Machu Picchu Lower Temples, Machu Picchu with Huayna Picchu and Machu Picchu with Mountain are the only tickets that are available all year round.

Advice from people who have been there

Machu Picchu

Martha V.By: Martha V.

“Impressive“

“Machu Picchu is an amazing experience, I would love to go back as there are still many places to visit such as Huayna Picchu. 5 stars from Sao Paulo.“

 

By Ticket Machu Picchu – Last updated, June 26, 2024