Tickets to Machu Picchu
Machu Picchu, Tickets, Entry, Passes
Wonder of the world, named the Lost City of the Inca by Hiram Bingham. No one imagined that this citadel, revealed to the world by this explorer in 1911, would have such an impact on tourism in Cusco. More than 100 years later, this wonder is now visited by millions of local and foreign tourists each year. This has caused tickets for Machu Picchu to be sold out on some dates, disappointing many tourists when they arrive to Cusco and are met with the unpleasant surprise that there are no tickets available for the date that they planned on visiting Machu Picchu.
Some changes over the years:
Some years ago, a tourist could visit all of Machu Picchu without any type of restrictions. Now, some areas are closed off and can only be seen from a safe distance. Even so, this limitation isn’t very strict, as you can explore Machu Picchu through any of its access paths.
There used to be no limit on how many could enter Machu Picchu. Now, due to increasing demand, there is a daily limit of 2500 entries to Machu Picchu only. 400 entries for Huayna Picchu, 200 for a first group that enters from 7-8 am, and 200 for the second group that enters from 10-11 am. 800 entries for Machu Picchu Mountain, divided into 400 for the first group from 7-8 am and another 400 for the second group from 9-10 am. 1000 entries for Machu Picchu only but during evening hours, which means you can only enter beginning at 1:00 pm. Besides this, there are entries for Inca Trail in its different versions, which are approximately 300 per day. 250 entries for Inca Trail 2 days 1 night. Which, in total, would be 5250. Around July-August, which is when tourism peaks, all of these entries get sold out, which is why it’s better to be safe and enjoy Machu Picchu by arranging everything in advance. The entries that sell out the fastest are entries for Inca Trail to Machu Picchu in any of its versions and tickets to climb Huayna Picchu Mountain, so pay close attention if you want to visit either of these two places.
Huayna Picchu: Climbing Huayna Picchu Mountain used to be totally free and with no limits on entry; later, it was restricted to 400 entries per day in two groups. The first group enters from 7 am to 8 am and the second group from 10 am to 11 am. Due to the huge demand that it started to have, they started to charge for entry and now tickets sell out fast because these tickets to Machu Picchu + Huayna Picchu are purchased online from the government website or through an Authorized Travel Agency (like us). That’s why, especially if you want to climb Huayna Picchu Mountain, we recommend you buy your tickets up to 6 months in advance or more.
NOTE: You can enter Machu Picchu beginning at 6:00 am using any entry ticket you’ve bought except Machu Picchu Evening, where entry begins starting at 1:00 pm.
For example: If you purchased your Huayna Picchu ticket in the second group where entry is from 10 am to 11 am, you could calmly explore Machu Picchu starting from 6:00 am and later at 10 am or earlier go to the entry gate for Huayna Picchu and climb; after descending, you could continue exploring Machu Picchu until 5:00 pm which is when Machu Picchu closes. The same goes for Machu Picchu + Mountain, Inca Trail 2 days, etc.
Possible future restrictions:
There is discussion of possible future restrictions for Machu Picchu, such as limiting visit times, making a single route without the option of visiting other places on your own accord, continuing to close off more important places, and one more which in the future would be only being able to see it through binoculars without setting foot inside Machu Picchu. No one knows for certain if this will happen, but to be safe, if you have the chance to visit Machu Picchu, do it today, because tomorrow you might only be able to see it and not feel it or experience it.
How to get to Machu Picchu.
There are basically 3 ways to get to Machu Picchu.
1.- Through the majestic route of the Inca Trail in its 4-day or 2-day versions. These two routes are the most well-known with Inca Trail being more days.
2.- Through alternate routes, such as the Inca Jungle for 4 or 3 days, Salkantay for 5 or 4 days, Choquequirao in its longest version of 8 or more days. All of these alternate routes arrive to the town of Santa Teresa and from there head towards Machu Picchu on the hydroelectric route.
3.- By train. There are two train companies that will take you to Machu Picchu: the one with more hours and daily departures is PeruRail, and the other is Inca Rail. Train tickets can also sell out, so it’s best to buy them in advance.
Distance time to Huayna Picchu from Machu Picchu : 1 hour.
Distance Time From Machu Picchu to Montaña : 2.5 hours.
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