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Tickets to Machu Picchu: Complete Guide

Learn how to get Machu Picchu tickets to access the ancient Inca city. Just plan your trip as follows: a) check availability, b) choose the ticket of your preference, c) complete the reservation form, and d) pay for your tickets with debit or credit cards.




Classic photo of Machu Picchu

Can I get tickets to Machu Picchu in person in Cusco?
Entrance to Machu Picchu can be purchased online or in person in Cusco, as well as in the town of Aguas Calientes (Machupicchu pueblo). However, the Peruvian authorities require that the total number of tickets be sold online only. This is the best way and the one that is and will be used in the future. It is recommended to buy the ticket online two or three months in advance as these have limited availability.


Guide to buy your Machu Picchu tickets online

You can buy entrance tickets to Machu Picchu online or directly in the city of Cusco. However, if you wait to arrive in Peru to buy your tickets, you run the risk of not finding availability.

To buy entrance tickets to Machu Picchu online you must follow these steps:

  • Enter the website of an authorized travel agency (verify that it is an official travel agency).
  • All the websites that offer the ticket to Machu Picchu have an availability calendar so try to check if there are still free tickets.
  • If you have found availability, click on ‘reserve’ and fill in your personal information. Carefully check that your ID (or passport) number is spelled correctly.
  • Check if you qualify for one of the discounts (for minors, university students, and tourists from CAN: Peru, Colombia, Ecuador, and Bolivia). Pay for the ticket with a credit or debit card (usually Visa or MasterCard).
  • You will receive your Machu Picchu ticket in your email inbox (PDF); print it out and present it with your ID or passport on the day of your visit to the Inca city. Check your ‘Spam’ messages in case the ticket arrives there.

Guide to buy your tickets to Machu Picchu in Cusco

You can buy entrance tickets to Machu Picchu online, but also in person in the city of Cusco or even in the town of Aguas Calientes (Machu Picchu village). This option can be a good option if the purchase is made in the months of low tourist season (January, February, March) three, four, or five days before the visit.

To buy the entrance tickets to Machu Picchu in person in Cusco you must follow these steps:

  • Make the trip to the city of Cusco (first on a flight to the city of Lima and then another flight to Cusco).
  • After staying at your hotel, do your best to go to one of the authorized offices for the purchase of the ticket: 340 Maruri Street and 210 Garcilaso Avenue. Both are located in the historic center of the city of Cusco.
  • Ask for the ticket in the schedule of your preference. Ask if there is availability. If you find free tickets, buy your ticket. If you do not find availability, look for another type of ticket and schedule that does have spaces available.
  • Check if you qualify for one of the discounts (for minors, university students, and tourists from CAN: Peru, Colombia, Ecuador, and Bolivia).
  • Pay the entrance fee with a credit or debit card (usually Visa or MasterCard). You can also pay with cash.

You will receive your printed Machu Picchu ticket. You can also request to receive your ticket in your email inbox.

Can I get tickets to Machu Picchu in person in the town of Aguas Calientes?
The entrance to Machu Picchu Only can also be purchased in person in the town of Aguas Calientes, also known as Machu Picchu Only because of its proximity to the archaeological site of Machu Picchu Only (only 10 kilometers away). The authorities of the Peruvian Ministry of Culture have made available one thousand tickets that can be purchased in person in this town. The purchase is made in the offices of the Ministry of Culture, in the main square of the place. Due to the large number of visitors looking for these tickets, it is necessary to wait in line for 2 or 3 hours. There are even visitors who need to register to purchase their tickets the following day. This option is not recommended because there is a risk of not finding availability.


Guide to buying your Machu Picchu tickets in the high tourist season

  • To preserve Machu Picchu, the Peruvian State has set limits on the number of people who can enter each day to the Inca city.
  • That is why each type of Machu Picchu ticket has a limit of income. To get availability, tickets must be purchased in advance.
  • From May to August is high tourist season in Machu Picchu, so you have to book tickets in advance.
  • The Machu Picchu + Huayna Picchu ticket is the most difficult to get since there are only 200 tickets available daily. During the high tourist season, it is recommended to purchase the ticket 3 or 4 months in advance.

At the entrance to Machu Picchu
You will need to present your printed Machu Picchu ticket along with the document with which you made the reservation (identity card, passport). Students will need to present their valid university ID card.


All types of tickets to Machu Picchu and their schedules

5 types of tickets offer different experiences in Machu Picchu. All of them include the entrance to the Inca city so you will still get to know the famous Inca archaeological site.

  • Machu Picchu Only

    This ticket provides access to the main constructions of Machu Picchu: temples, residences, plazas, and terraces. However, this ticket will not allow you to enter the trails of the Machu Picchu, Huayna Picchu, or Huchuy Picchu mountains.

    These are the current schedules:

    • Group 1 – The entrance is from 6 a.m.
    • Group 2 – The entrance is from 7 a.m.
    • Group 3 – The entrance is from 8 a.m.
    • Group 4 – The entrance is from 9 a.m.
    • Group 5 – The entrance is from 10 a.m.
    • Group 6 – The entrance is from 11 a.m.
    • Group 7 – The entrance is from 12 p.m.
    • Group 8 – The entrance is from 1 p.m.
    • Group 9 – The entrance is from 2 p.m.
    • Group 10 – The entrance is from 3 p.m.

  • Machu Picchu + Huayna Picchu

    This ticket allows you access to the main ruins as well as the Huayna Picchu mountain. Only 200 people can enter each day to this mountain.

    These are the current schedules:

    • Group 1 – Entrance to Machu Picchu is from 7 a.m. while entrance to Huayna Picchu is from 8 a.m. to 9 a.m.
    • Group 2 – Entrance to Machu Picchu is from 8 a.m. while entrance to Huayna Picchu is from 9 a.m. to 10 a.m.
    • Group 3 – Entrance to Machu Picchu is from 9 a.m. while entrance to Huayna Picchu is from 10 a.m. to 11 a.m.
    • Group 4 – Entrance to Machu Picchu is from 10 a.m. while entrance to Huayna Picchu is from 11 a.m. to 12 p.m.

  • Machu Picchu + Mountain

    This ticket provides access to the Inca city and Machu Picchu mountain. Only 400 tourists are allowed to enter per day.

    These are the current schedules:

    • Group 1 – Entrance to Machu Picchu is from 7 a.m. while entrance to the Machu Picchu Mountain is from 8 a.m. to 9 a.m.
    • Group 2 – Entrance to Machu Picchu is from 9 a.m. while entrance to the Machu Picchu Mountain is from 10 a.m. to 11 a.m.

  • Machu Picchu + Huchuy Picchu

    This ticket provides access to the Inca city and Huchuy Picchu Mountain. Only 200 tourists per day are allowed to enter, these are the current entrance schedules:

    These are the current schedules:

    • Group 1 – Entrance to Machu Picchu is from 7 a.m. while entrance to Huchuy Picchu is from 8 a.m. to 9 a.m.
    • Group 2 – Entrance to Machu Picchu is from 8 a.m. while entrance to Huchuy Picchu is from 9 a.m. to 10 a.m.
    • Group 3 – Entrance to Machu Picchu is from 9 a.m. while entrance to Huchuy Picchu is from 10 a.m. to 11 a.m.
    • Group 4 – Entrance to Machu Picchu is from 10 a.m. while entrance to Huchuy Picchu is from 11 a.m. to 12 a.m.
    • Group 5 – Entrance to Machu Picchu is from 11 a.m. while entrance to Huchuy Picchu is from 12 p.m. to 1 p.m.

  • Machu Picchu + Inca Bridge

    This ticket allows the entrance to the Inca city and the Huchuy Picchu mountain. Only approximately 200 tourists per day are allowed to enter.

    These are the current schedules:

    • Group 1 – Entrance to Machu Picchu is from 7 a.m. while entrance to the Inca Bridge is from 8 a.m. to 9 a.m.
    • Group 2 – Entrance to Machu Picchu is from 8 a.m. while entrance to the Inca Bridge is from 9 a.m. to 10 a.m.
    • Group 3 – Entrance to Machu Picchu is from 9 a.m. while entrance to the Inca Bridge is from 10 a.m. to 11 a.m.
    • Group 4 – Entrance to Machu Picchu is from 10 a.m. while entrance to the Inca Bridge is from 11 a.m. to 12 a.m.
    • Group 5 – Entrance to Machu Picchu is from 11 a.m. while entrance to the Inca Bridge is from 12 a.m. to 1 p.m.
    • Group 6 – Entrance to Machu Picchu is from 12 a.m. while entrance to the Inca Bridge is from 1 p.m. to 2 p.m.
    • Group 7 – Entrance to Machu Picchu is from 1 p.m. while entrance to the Inca Bridge is from 2 p.m. to 3 p.m.
    • Group 8 – Entrance to Machu Picchu is from 2 p.m. while entrance to the Inca Bridge is from 3 p.m. to 4 p.m.
    • Group 8 – Entrance to Machu Picchu is from 3 p.m. while entrance to the Inca Bridge is from 4 p.m. to 5 p.m.

All circuits in Machu Picchu

Each of the different types of entrances to Machu Picchu offers an established circuit that allows different experiences during the visit. Learn about each of the circuits in Machu Picchu:

Circuit 1 in Machu Picchu

  • Circuit 1 is included in two types of tickets: a) Machupicchu Solo entrance and b) Machupicchu + Inca Bridge entrance.
  • Circuit 1 in Machu Picchu allows a tour of the upper and lower parts of the Inca citadel, including the religious sector and the urban sector.
  • This circuit allows the visit to the sector of the Guardian’s House where tourists can get the classic postcard photo of Machu Picchu.
  • The main Inca constructions included in Circuit 1 are the Temple of the Sun, the Main Temple, the Temple of the 3 Windows, the Water Fountains, the agricultural sector, and more.
  • This circuit takes approximately 2 hours. It is recommended for all people including seniors or children who enjoy hiking.
Machu Picchu circuit 1
Machu Picchu circuit 1

Circuit 2 in Machu Picchu

  • Circuit 2 is included in two types of tickets: a) Machupicchu Solo entrance and b) Machupicchu + Inca Bridge entrance.
  • Circuit 2 in Machu Picchu allows a more complete tour of the upper and lower parts of the Inca archaeological site, including the religious sector and the urban sector.
  • This circuit allows the visit to the sector of the Guardian’s House, the point where the visitor can get the classic postcard photo of the Inca city of Machu Picchu.
  • The main Inca constructions included in Circuit 2 are the Temple of the Sun, the Main Temple, the Temple of the 3 Windows, the Intihuatana, the Sacred Rock, the Temple of the Condor, the Water Mirrors, the Water Fountains, the agricultural sector and more.
  • This circuit takes 2 hours and 30 minutes approximately. It is recommended for all people. Children and older adults should enjoy hiking. This circuit is the most recommended in the visit to Machu Picchu.
Machu Picchu circuit 2
Machu Picchu circuit 2

Circuit 3 in Machu Picchu

  • Circuit 3 is included in one type of ticket: a) Machupicchu Solo entrance and b) Machupicchu + Mountain entrance.
  • Circuit 3 in Machu Picchu allows a tour of the lower part of the Inca city, including the agricultural sector and the sacred precinct.
  • This circuit does not allow the visit to the sector of the Guardian’s House where the tourist can get a classic postcard photo of Machu Picchu. However, it does allow us to get a picture from the lower part, similar to this famous photo.
  • The main Inca constructions included in Circuit 3 are the agricultural sector, the Water Fountains, the House of the Inca, the Temple of the Sun, and more.
  • The Machu Picchu + Mountain ticket allows you to enter this circuit after visiting the mountain. That is, it allows you to leave the Inca city and re-enter to complete this circuit.
  • This circuit takes about 1 hour. It is recommended for all people including seniors, children, people with special needs, and the whole family.
Machu Picchu circuit 3 + Machu Picchu Mountain
Machu Picchu circuit 3 + Machu Picchu Mountain

Circuit 4 in Machu Picchu

  • Circuit 4 is included in two types of tickets: a) Machupicchu + Huayna Picchu entrance and b) Machupicchu + Huchuy Picchu entrance.
  • Circuit 4 in Machu Picchu allows a more complete tour of the lower part of the Inca citadel.
  • Although this circuit does not allow the visit to the sector of the Guardian’s House, the visitor will be able to get pictures similar to the classic postcard of the Inca city from the agricultural sector.
  • The main Inca constructions included in circuit 4 are the Temple of the Sun, the House of the Inca, the Sacred Rock, the Temple of the Condor, the Water Mirrors, the Water Fountains, and the agricultural sector.
  • This circuit can be done in two parts: the first part is from the entrance to the sector of the Sacred Rock where you enter the Huayna Picchu or Huchuy Picchu mountains. The second part is from the sector of the Sacred Rock to the exit door, after hiking through one of the mountains.
  • This circuit takes 1 hour 30 minutes approximately. It is recommended for all people including seniors, children, and the family in general.
Machu Picchu circuit 4 + Huchuy Picchu
Machu Picchu circuit 4 + Huchuy Picchu

Machu Picchu ticket prices

The prices of the tickets to Machu Picchu depend on the website where you make the purchase. Of course, the cheapest tickets are on the official website (www.machupicchu.gob.pe). However, one of the most practical and best-informed ways to obtain a ticket is through an authorized tourist agency (www.boletomachicchu.com).

Learn about the official prices of the entrance tickets to Machu Picchu:

Tickets Machu Picchu Only (circuit 1 or 2)
Type of visitorPrice in Peruvian solesCAN (Peru, Bolivia, Ecuador or Colombia)
Adult152 S/.64 S/.
University77 S/.32 S/.
Minor (from 3 to 17 years old)70 S/.32 S/.
Tickets Machu Picchu + Huayna Picchu (circuit 4)
Type of visitorPrice in Peruvian solesCAN (Peru, Bolivia, Ecuador or Colombia)
Adult200 S/.112 S/.
University125 S/.80 S/.
Minor (from 3 to 17 years old)118 S/.80 S/.
Tickets Machu Picchu + Mountain (circuit 3)
Type of visitorPrice in Peruvian solesCAN (Peru, Bolivia, Ecuador or Colombia)
Adult200 S/.112 S/.
University125 S/.80 S/.
Minor (from 3 to 17 years old)118 S/.90 S/.
Tickets Machu Picchu + Huchuy Picchu (circuit 4)
Type of visitorPrice in Peruvian solesCAN (Peru, Bolivia, Ecuador or Colombia)
Adult152 S/.64 S/.
University77 S/.32 S/.
Minor (from 3 to 17 years old)70 S/.32 S/.
Tickets Machu Picchu + Inca Bridge (circuit 1 or 2)
Type of visitorPrice in Peruvian solesCAN (Peru, Bolivia, Ecuador or Colombia)
Adult152 S/.64 S/.
University77 S/.32 S/.
Minor (from 3 to 17 years old)70 S/.32 S/.

Difference between the mountains to Machu Picchu

Machu Picchu tickets offer adventure experiences on three mountains surrounding the Inca city: Huayna Picchu Mountain, Machu Picchu Mountain, and Huchuy Picchu Mountain. What do each of these adventures offer and what are their similarities and differences?

The mountains of Machu Picchu: Huayna Picchu, Machupicchu and Huchuy Picchu
DifferencesHuayna Picchu MountainMachu Picchu MountainHuchuy Picchu Mountain
MeaningYoung mountain (in Quechua language)Old Mountain (in Quechua language)Small mountain (in Quechua language)
LocationNorth of the archaeological site (Sacred Rock sector)South of the archaeological site (sector of the Guardian’s House).North of the archaeological site (Sacred Rock sector)
Height2,720 masl3,082 masl2,497 masl
Route distance2 kilometers2.5 kilometers700 meters
Earrings60-degree elevation sections30-degree elevation sections45-degree elevation sections
Walking timeRoute to the summit of 1 hour 30 minutes2-hour hike to the summit45-minute hike to the summit
DifficultyDemanding – mediumDemanding – mediumModerate
RestrictionsSuitable only for persons over 12 years of ageSuitable for all personsSuitable for all persons
CostTicket Machu Picchu + Huayna Picchu cost 200 soles for foreign adultsTicket Machu Picchu + Mountain cost 200 soles for foreign adultsTicket Machu Picchu + Huchuy Picchu cost 152 soles for foreign adults
Circuito en Machu PicchuTicket Machu Picchu + Huayna Picchu includes circuit 4Ticket Machu Picchu + Mountain includes circuit 3Ticket Machu Picchu + Huchuy Picchu includes circuit 4
AdvantagesHigh adventure route surrounded by Inca constructions.Very demanding route, but surrounded by trees, birds and butterflies.Route suitable for the whole family
DisadvantagesOnly persons over 12 years of age are allowed to enter.The most demanding hike takes 2 to 3 hours.A short walk that takes only 30 to 40 minutes.

Guide to get Machu Picchu ticket discounts

The entrance ticket to Machu Picchu offers discounts for:
a) minors, b) university students and c) citizens of the Andean Community of Nations (Peru, Colombia, Ecuador and Bolivia).

  • To access the discount for minors: send an e-mail with the image of the ID card (or passport) of the visitor under 18 years of age.
  • To access the discount for university students: send an e-mail with the image of the current university ID (not ISIC) of the undergraduate student under 25 years old.
  • To access the discount for citizens of the Andean Community: send an e-mail with the image of the identity card, passport, or foreigner’s card of the visitor whose nationality is from Peru, Colombia, Ecuador, or Bolivia.

More information about tickets to Machu Picchu

  • The cost of the entrance tickets to Machu Picchu will depend on the type of ticket you prefer as well as your nationality, age, or if you are a university student.
  • Children under 3 years old do not pay to enter Machu Picchu. They must only be accompanied by their parents who will present their passport or identity document that certifies the child’s age.
  • Entrance tickets to Machu Picchu Only are valid only for the day and time of admission chosen. It is not possible to re-enter on a different day or time.
  • On the internet, you can buy entrance tickets to Machu Picchu through a tourist agency or the official sales page.
  • Only tourist agencies offer discounted tickets for university students.
Tourist in the Inca city of Machu Picchu
Tourist in the Inca city of Machu Picchu

Learn a little more about Machu Picchu

  • Machu Picchu was made known to the world in 1911 by Hiram Bingham.
  • In 1983 it was named Cultural Heritage of Humanity by Unesco.
  • In 2016 it was chosen as the best tourist destination in the world by the travel community TripAdvisor.
  • In 2007 it was chosen as one of the 7 Wonders of the Modern World.
  • Don’t forget that Cusco is the best tourist destination in South America. There, besides Machu Picchu, you will find many things to do like visiting the Sacred Valley of the Incas, the Humantay Lagoon, the 7 Colors Mountain, Maras, Moray, and more.
Machu Picchu
Machu Picchu – Wonder of the World

Questions and answers about ticket sales to Machu Picchu Picchu

  • 1) Can I buy the entrance ticket to Machu Picchu online?

    Yes, the sale of entrance tickets is now online through the official platform of the Ministry of Culture of Peru.

  • 2) And can I buy the entrance ticket to Machu Picchu in the town of Aguas Calientes?

    No, the entrance ticket to Machu Picchu is no longer available in the town of Aguas Calientes. The safest way is through the website.

  • 3) What is the official site for ticket sales to Machu Picchu?

    The official site for ticket sales to Machu Picchu is www.machupicchu.gob.pe.

  • 4) Can I also buy the entrance ticket to Machu Picchu with an online travel agency?

    Yes, the sale of tickets to Machu Picchu is also available through the web platform of authorized travel agencies.

  • 5) How far in advance should I buy the entrance ticket to Machu Picchu online?

    The online ticket purchase must be made at least 2 or 3 months in advance. Otherwise, the entrance tickets may be sold out because the availability is limited.

  • 6) How do I purchase my Machu Picchu ticket online?

    University students must have a valid undergraduate student card. Students must also be under 25 years old at the time of their visit. At the moment of entering Machu Picchu, you must show your valid and valid ID card.

  • 7) How do I buy the Machu Picchu ticket online with a discount for university students?

    Yes, the Machu Picchu postage stamp is a nice souvenir of your trip to the Wonder of the World. To get it you just have to ask for it at the exit gate and request it at the entrance control of the Inca site.

  • 8) Can I buy my ticket to Machu Picchu from my country?

    Yes, with the online sale of tickets to Machu Picchu, the visitor can purchase from the comfort of your home and anywhere in the world.

  • 9) Can I buy my ticket to Machu Picchu in the city of Cusco?

    No, the purchase of tickets to Machu Picchu is 100% online through the official web platform or with the website of an authorized tourist agency.

  • 10) Is it safe to buy the entrance ticket to Machu Picchu online?

    Yes, the purchase of the entrance ticket to Machu Picchu online is safe if it is done on the official platform or in an authorized online travel agency. During the purchase, the data is protected by an internet security system.

Advice from people who have been there

Machu Picchu

Shamy FBy: Shamy F

“Mountain Guide“

“Do not miss the living city of Machu Picchu and the impressive mountains that surround it, I also recommend going to the Inca stone bridge. Stay as long as you can to go to the hot springs, the waterfalls of Mandor, the site museum, and the butterfly farm, these are places you should not miss.“

 

By Ticket Machu Picchu – Last updated, April 15, 2024