New tourist circuits in Machu Picchu
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New tourist circuits in Machu Picchu

The authorities of Machu Picchu ordered that the visit to the Inca city be done by strict routes. The objective? To reduce the risk of infection by Covid 19 and to protect and preserve the archaeological site for the future. Each visitor will follow a route according to the ticket chosen: the Machu Picchu Solo ticket, the ticket that includes the Huayna Picchu mountain, the ticket that includes the Machupicchu mountain, the ticket that includes the Huchuy Picchu mountain or the ticket that includes the Inca Bridge.



Machu Picchu
Machu Picchu 2021

Circuit – Ticket Machu Picchu Only

  • The basic ticket to know the Inca citadel and its many constructions is the entrance ‘Machu Picchu Only’.
  • This ticket allows you to know buildings such as: the Temple of the Sun, the Sacred Square, the Temple of the 3 Windows, the Intihuatana, the Sacred Rock, the Temple of the Condor and more.
  • In the past, it was possible to hike for almost 2 hours to the Intipunku (Sun Gate). However, today this route is not allowed.
  • It also allowed to visit the Inca Bridge of Machu Picchu. Today this short route (20 minutes) is only available with the ticket ‘Machupicchu with Inca Bridge’.
  • Of course, the ticket also allows the opportunity to take the classic postcard photo with Machupicchu in the background.
  • To tour Machu Picchu with this ticket, the authorities have created four available tourist circuits: Circuit 1, Circuit 2 (the most recommended), Circuit 3 and Circuit 4.

This is what circuits are like:

  • Circuit 1 allows you to visit the upper and lower parts of the archaeological site. This tour goes through the main constructions as well as the area of the terraces and terraces in the highest part (from there you get the classic postcard photo of Machupicchu). The tour is recommended for seniors. It lasts approximately 2 hours.
Machu Picchu Circuit 1
Circuit 1 – Machu Picchu
  • Circuit 2 allows you to tour the upper and lower parts of the archaeological site (both the upper and lower religious areas). Of course, it also includes the main constructions of the Inca citadel. The tour is recommended for all tourists. It lasts 2 hours and 30 minutes approximately.
Machu Picchu Circuit 2
Circuit 2 – Machu Picchu
  • Circuit 3 allows you to visit the nuclear area of Machu Picchu (lower part). It includes the visit to the Inka House, the Temple of the Sun, the Water Mirrors and the agricultural area. The tour lasts approximately 1 hour and 30 minutes.
  • Circuit 4 allows you to visit the core area of Machu Picchu (lower part). It includes the visit to the Inka House, the Temple of the Sun, the Water Mirrors, the agricultural area and the Sacred Rock. The tour lasts approximately 1 hour and 30 minutes.

Circuit – Ticket Machu Picchu with Huayna Picchu

  • The ticket that runs out the fastest is the ticket ‘Machu Picchu with Huayna Picchu’, which includes the tour to the top of this mountain as well as the route through the Inca citadel.
  • This ticket allows you to hike to the top of Huayna Picchu. Visitors can optionally take a detour and tour the Temple of the Moon (also known as the Great Cavern).
  • Likewise, when leaving the mountain, the ticket allows the tour of Machu Picchu through Circuit 4.

This is what circuits are like:

  • Circuit 4 allows you to visit the lower part of Machu Picchu, that is, the urban sector. There the visitor will be able to appreciate Inca constructions such as: the Sacred Rock, the Temple of the Condor, the Temple of the Sun, the Water Mirrors, the Temple of the 3 Windows and more.
  • The circuit follows the route in one direction only (no backtracking is allowed). Circuit 4 takes approximately 1 hour 30 minutes.
Machu Picchu Circuit 4
Circuit 4 – Machu Picchu + Huayna Picchu

Circuit – Ticket Machu Picchu with Mountain

  • The ‘Machu Picchu with Mountain’ ticket is ideal for a family hiking route (entry is allowed for people of all ages). It is also the best option for visitors who did not get availability for the Huayna Picchu mountain.
  • This ticket allows you to hike to the top of the highest mountain in the whole place: Machu Picchu Mountain. It also allows you to leave Machu Picchu and re-enter once.
  • In this re-entry, visitors can take a tour of the main archaeological sites of Machu Picchu in Circuit 3.

This is what circuits are like:

  • Circuit 3 allows you to visit the platform sector, the Temple of the Sun, the House of the Inka, the Ceremonial Fountains, the Hall of Mirrors, the Temple of the Condor and other minor constructions.
  • The circuit allows you to re-enter Machu Picchu but you cannot follow the routes to the House of the Guardian or the hiking routes to Intipunku or the Inca Bridge. Circuit 4 takes approximately 1 hour 30 minutes.
Machu Picchu Circuit 3
Circuit 3 – Machu Picchu + Mountain

Circuit – Ticket Machu Picchu with Huchuy Picchu

  • Huchuy Picchu Mountain is a summit located next to Huayna Picchu. The authorities of the Ministry of Culture of Peru recently opened the hiking route to the top of this summit.
  • The entrance ticket that allows this walk is the ‘Machu Picchu with Huchuy Picchu’. As its name indicates, the ticket also allows you to visit part of the constructions of Machupicchu through Circuit 4.

This is what circuits are like:

  • As the entry point to Huchuy Picchu is the same checkpoint as the Huayna Picchu mountain, the circuit through Machu Picchu in both cases is the same.
  • This is circuit 4, which allows you to visit the main Inca constructions in the urban sector of Machupicchu: the Sacred Rock, the Temple of the Condor, the Temple of the Sun, the Water Mirrors, the Temple of the 3 Windows and more.
  • This circuit lasts approximately 1 hour 30 minutes.
Machu Picchu Circuit 4
Circuit 4 – Machu Picchu + Huchuy Picchu

Circuit – Ticket Machu Picchu with Inca Bridge

Así son los circuitos:

  • Circuit 1 allows the visitor to tour the upper and lower parts of the archaeological site. This tour includes the main constructions of the citadel as well as the area of the terraces and terraces in the highest part (where the classic postcard photo is taken). The tour lasts approximately 2 hours.
  • Circuit 2 allows the visitor to visit the upper and lower parts of the archaeological site. This tour includes the visit to almost all the constructions of the Inca citadel. It also includes the classic photo of Machu Picchu from the Guardian’s House. The tour lasts approximately 2 hours and 30 minutes.

More information about the new Machu Picchu circuits

  • The circuits are intended to better organize visitor traffic within Machu Picchu. This reduces the risk of contagion by Covid 19. It also seeks to adequately distribute the visitors and protect the constructions of the archaeological site for the future.
  • The ticket Machu Picchu Only, the Machu Picchu with Inca Bridge ticket and the Machu Picchu with Huchuy Picchu ticket have the same cost.
  • The ticket Machu Picchu with Huayna Picchu ticket and the Machu Picchu with Mountain ticket have the same cost (higher than the other three tickets).
  • The circuits are mandatory and must be traveled in the company of a professional tour guide (optional). It is not allowed to go back during the route.
  • The only ticket that allows you to leave and re-enter Machu Picchu is the ‘Machu Picchu with Mountain’ entrance.

 

By Ticket Machu Picchu – Last updated, September 12, 2022

 

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