These are the rules that govern visits in Machu Picchu. Know that the Machu Picchu regulations as of July 2017 had important changes, which were made thinking about the conservation of the Wonder of the World.
- Basic rules of entry to Machu Picchu
- What are the available spaces and the hours of entry?
- Prohibited objects inside the Inca City
- Prohibited behaviors in Machu Picchu
- Other prohibitions within Machu Picchu
- Rules in Huayna Picchu
- Rules in the Machu Picchu mountain
- Rules on admission with official tourist guide
- What penalties are there for not following the rules in Machu Picchu?
- 4 cases of breach of rules in the Inca site
- Frequently asked questions about the rules in Machu Picchu
Keep in mind the new rules of visits to Machu Picchu and enjoy the wonder
Basic rules of entry to Machu Picchu
- With regard to income, you, can only enter Machu Picchu by presenting your ticket along with your passport or the document with which you made your reservation.
- You will no longer be able to enter if you are not in the company of an official tour guide.
What are the available spaces and the hours of entry?
- In total 5,940 people will be able to purchase entrance tickets every day.
- The Machu Picchu Ticket only allows entry into 2 schedules:
- Morning shift: entry from 6 a.m. to 12 p.m.
- Afternoon shift: entry from 12 pm until 5.30 pm
- The Ticket Machu Picchu + Huayna Picchu allows entry to the Inca City from 6 am In total 400 people a day enter the Waynapicchu in 2 schedules or groups::
- Group 1: Entrance to Waynapicchu from 7 am to 8 am
- Group 2: Entrance to Waynapicchu from 10 am to 11 am
- The ticket Machu Picchu + Mountain allows access to Machu Picchu from 6 am The entrance to the mountain is in two schedules:
- Group 1: entry to the mountain from 7 am to 8 am
- Group 2: entry to the mountain from 9 am to 10 am
- The Machu Picchu Ticket + Museum allows access to the Museum Site at the following times:
- Income from Monday to Saturday from 10 am to 4 pm
- The entrance to Machu Picchu is in the morning and afternoon shift.
Prohibited objects inside the Inca City
If you wish to enter Machu Picchu without problems, we recommend you do not carry any of the following objects:
- Tripods, brackets or extensions for cameras or cell phones. It is not allowed to enter with ‘selfie stick’.
- Backpacks, bags or bags that exceed 5 kilos of weight.
- Food or luggage.
- Illegal substances (drugs or their effects)
- Alcoholic beverages (or under its effects).
- Sprays or paints.
- Musical instruments, megaphones or speakers.
- Heels with hard-plant shoes.
- Baby cars (it is preferable to carry a baby carrier).
- Sharp objects and / or weapons of any kind.
- Banners, posters and / or posters.
- Clothing intended for advertising purposes.
- Metal-tipped canes (older adults can carry a cane with a rubber tip).
Prohibited behaviors in Machu Picchu
- Generate tumult, jump or cause disorder in the access and / or any point of the Inca City.
- Climb or lean on the walls and / or structures.
- Any kind of activity that distorts the sacred character of Machu Picchu.
- Do obscene acts inappropriate in a public place and that threaten morals and good manners such as undressing, disguising, lying down or running.
- Smoking or ‘vaping’ an electronic cigarette.
- Make flyovers in the airspace of the place with paragliders, drones or any type of smaller ship.
Other prohibitions within Machu Picchu
- It is forbidden to leave the circuits or established routes.
- It is forbidden to feed domestic or wild animals in the Inca city.
- It is forbidden to carry out illegal routes or any that avoid the established entry and control of Machu Picchu..
- It is forbidden to make loud or annoying noises: clap, shout, whistle, sing.
- Perform any kind of fire or throw waste of any kind
- It is forbidden to make films or photographs for advertising purposes or in places of high risk.
Remember that ignoring any of the rules will result in your expulsion from the Inca City of Machu Picchu without refund or claim option.
Rules in Huayna Picchu
Huayna Picchu is the mountain located north of the Inca City. The entrance is with the ticket Machu Picchu + Huayna Picchu. The rules and prohibitions are the following:
- The tourist must register their entry and exit at the checkpoint. Once at the top you must descend before 1 p.m.
- In case the tourist wishes to visit the Temple of the Moon, the descent should be at 11.30 a.m. maximum.
- The average time of ascent and descent to the Waynapicchu mountain is 3 hours. If you also visit the Grand Cavern or the Temple of the Moon, it takes 4 hours.
- Admission is allowed only to people over 12 years old.
- The visitor can not carry a backpack that exceeds 40 × 35 × 20 centimeters.
- The tourist must not leave the marked roads.
- In Huayna Picchu the same prohibitions apply as in Machu Picchu.
Rules in the Machu Picchu mountain
The Machu Picchu mountain is the summit where the Inca City was built. The entrance is with the ticket Machu Picchu + Mountain. These are the rules that the tourist should follow:
- The average time of ascent and descent to Machu Picchu mountain is 4 hours.
- The tourist must register at his entry and exit at the checkpoint. Once at the top, you must descend before 1 p.m. You must leave the mountain before 3 p.m.
- Admission is allowed to people of all ages.
- The visitor must not leave the permitted paths.
- The parents are responsible for the care of the children.
- In the mountain they apply the same prohibitions as in Machu Picchu.
Rules on admission with official tourist guide
The official tourism guides in Machu Picchu not only make the visit pleasant and educational. They are also in charge of advising the visitor on the care they must have to preserve the Wonder of the World. These are the rules that regulate your service:
- The tour of the Inca Citadel of Machu Picchu with official tour guide is mandatory.
- The official tourist guide will have to accompany the tourists during the tour from the beginning to the end with any of the circuits fulfilling a minimum time of 2 hours and 30 minutes of visit.
- The groups must be composed of a maximum of 16 people, all accompanied by an official tour guide.
- Tourists who entered the Inca Citadel accompanied by a guide and who return to the Inca site the next shift or the next day, may do so without the tourist guide. They should only show the previous ticket and indicate the name of the guide that accompanied it.
- For people who make the tour of the Huayna Picchu or Machu Picchu mountain, the guide service is not mandatory. The guided tour to the Inca Citadel can be before or after the visit to the mountains.
What penalties are there for not complying with the rules in Machu Picchu?
Failure to comply with the prohibitions in Machu Picchu will determine the expulsion of the visitor, without the right to refund the amount of the entrance ticket. Considering the gravity of the infraction, the authorities will initiate the corresponding legal actions.
On some occasions, authorities may restrict entry to the visitor forever. Putting at risk the integrity of other people who are in the Wonder of the World are cases that are punished exemplarily. Another case is to attack morals and good manners.
Inside Machu Picchu there are high definition cameras and security guards. If necessary, they can intervene tourists who do not comply with the rules of the place.
4 cases of breach of rules in the Inca site
- In April 2016, Australian tourist Anthony George Katsaros was expelled from the Inca City for being photographed naked at the Puerta del Sol (Intipunku). The authorities indicated that the visitor will never be able to enter the Wonder of the World.
- In October 2016, 15 South American tourists were expelled from the Inca site and placed at the disposal of the authorities after entering illegally.
- In February 2018, two Argentine tourists were expelled from Machu Picchu after entering clandestinely and having spent the night there. They were expelled immediately and made available to the police of Peru.
- In March 2018, three European tourists (one German, one Swiss and one Dutch) were expelled from Machu Picchu for photographing their asses. They were expelled from the Inca site.
Frequently asked questions about the rules in Machu Picchu
- Can you use drones?
Drones are prohibited inside Machu Picchu. However, you can use it in the city of Cusco, in the town of Aguas Calientes and in the Sacred Valley of the Incas.
- Can you bring pets?
Pets are prohibited in the Inca City. There are hotels that take care of them in Cusco or Aguas Calientes.
- Can you take baby cars?
The baby cars interrupt the free transit in the Inca City, which is why they are prohibited. Baby carrier backpacks are allowed.
- Can you use selfie sticks?
Selfie sticks are not allowed. These can cause inconvenience to other tourists who travel through Machu Picchu.
- Can you visit Machu Picchu without a guide?
The tour in the company of a guide is mandatory in the Wonder of the World. At the entrance door there are guides offering their services.
- Do you need a guide for the second time you enter Machu Picchu?
It is not necessary to do the tour accompanied by a guide if you already did the shift or previous day. To do this, you only have to show the previous ticket and indicate the name of the guide with whom you made the previous tour.
- Can I leave and re-enter Machu Picchu?
Yes it is possible to leave and re-enter the Inca City. However, this is allowed only once. At the entrance door there are toilets available and a cafeteria.
- Where can I leave my things?
At the entrance to Machu Picchu there is a place where tourists can leave their things. If you are not allowed to enter Machu Picchu with some prohibited objects, visitors can leave their belongings there.
- Can you carry tripods?
Tripods are not allowed in Machu Picchu. This is because they interrupt free transit and can damage the floor of the Inca site.
- Can you bring food and water?
You can not take large quantities of food to Machu Picchu. Snacks are allowed as long as the wrappers are stored. Plastic water bottles are not allowed because they harm the environment. Water canteens are allowed.
- Can you smoke in the Inca City?
Smoking is not allowed in Machu Picchu. A cigarette or electronic cigarette can damage the ecosystem of the Inca City.
- Is it necessary to enter with a guide in Huayna Picchu?
Entry with a guide is not mandatory in Huayna Picchu. If the visitor wishes, he can be accompanied by one. However, the tour of the Inca City is necessarily guided.
By Ticket Machu Picchu – Last updated, August 8, 2018