Machu Picchu Updated Regulations
Updated Regulations to Visit Machu Picchu
In 2017 new Machu Picchu Updated Regulations have been created for the conservation and protection of this wonder of the world.
Basic rules to enter Machu Picchu.
The only way to enter the citadel of Machu Picchu, is by presenting your entry ticket and your passport with which you made the purchase.
The entrance to Machu Picchu is only possible with the company of an accredited tour guide.
Available spaces and entrance times to Machu Picchu.
2.1. Only Machu Picchu Citadel $ 70.
There are 2,500 tickets available per hour and you can stay in the lost city of the Incas, for 4 hours from your arrival.
The Machu Picchu ticket allows you to enter the Inca citadel at up to nine different times. The schedules and shifts are described below.
Check in from 6:00 am.
Entry from 7:00 am.
Check in from 8:00 am.
Entry from 9:00 am.
Check in from 10:00 am.
Entry from 11:00 am.
Check in 12:00 pm.
Entry from 13:00 pm.
Entry from 14:00 pm.
2.2. Machu Picchu citadel + Huayna Picchu Mountain $ 85.
The Machu Picchu and Huayna Picchu Mountain ticket, has 3 entry times and 400 people is allowed per day.
First Group – Entrance to Machu Picchu citadel from 6 a.m. And the entrance to the Huayna Picchu mountain is between 7 a.m. at 8 a.m.
Second Group – Entrance to Machu Picchu citadel from 7 a.m. And the entrance to the Huayna Picchu mountain is between 7 a.m. at 8 a.m.
Third Group – Entrance to Machu Picchu citadel from 8 a.m. And the entrance to the Huayna Picchu mountain is between 10.00 a.m. at 11.00 a.m.
Keep in mind that the entrance to Huayna Picchu must be reserved at least 4 months in advance, due this is one of the most demanded by tourists of all ages.
Only people over 12 years old can access the Huayna Picchu mountain.
Our recommendation would be you don’t attempt it if you are afraid of the heights.
2.3. Machu Picchu citadel + Machu Picchu Mountain $ 85.
The Machu Picchu mountain is one hour longer than the Huayna Picchu mountain, however it is easier because it is not as steep. 800 people can enter this mountain daily.
First Group – Entrance to Machu Picchu from 6 a.m. And access to the Machu Picchu mountain from 7 a.m. at 8 a.m.
Second Group – Entrance to Machu Picchu from 7 a.m. And access to the Machu Picchu mountain from 7 a.m. at 8 a.m.
Third Group – Entrance to Machu Picchu from 8 a.m. And access to the Machu Picchu mountain from 9 a.m. at 10 a.m.
2.4. Machu Picchu Museum (Manuel Chavez Ballon museum) – optional:
Visiting the site museum of Machu Picchu will give you very interesting and valuable information to understand the functionality of the citadel in the time of the Incas. The museum is open from 9am to 4:30 pm. Admission is 20 soles if it is in the morning, if you visit the museum after 12 pm access is completely free.
There are 5940 tickets available daily to the museum.
Prohibited behaviors in Machu Picchu citadel.
- Generate unrest anywhere in the lost city of the Incas.
- Climb, sit or jump on the enclosures of the citadel.
- Perform obscene acts that distort the sacred and religious character of the citadel.
- Performing obscene acts that violate the morality and good customs of society, such as: undressing, urinating in front of people, fighting, etc.
- Smoking or vaping an electronic cigarette.
- Use drones or selfie sticks within the air and ground space of the citadel.
Other prohibitions within Machu Picchu citadel.
- It is completely forbidden to leave the established circuits or routes.
- Feeding domestic or wild animals in the Inca citadel (any food that is not a regular part of the diet of these animals, causes stomach pain and later death).
- Take alternate and illegal routes that avoid the official entrance gate to Machu Picchu.
- Make any type of noise that causes disturbance to the tranquility of other visitors and the fauna that exists in the place.
- Leave organic or inorganic waste inside the citadel.
- Take photographs or filming for promotional purposes within Machu Picchu.
Regulation to visit the Huayna Picchu Mountain.
The Huayna Picchu is touristically the best known mountain within the Historic and Natural Sanctuary of Machu Picchu, tickets to the mountain are sold out quickly, so it is necessary that you reserve it at least 4 months in advance. The rules and recommendations are described in detail below:
- Once you have reached the top of the Huayna Picchu, you can be there maximum, until 13:00 pm.
- If you want to explore the Temple of the Moon, it can only be visited with the entrance ticket to Huayna Picchu from 7:00 a.m. at 8:00 a.m. and the descent must be at the latest at 11:30 pm.
- Climbing the Huayna Picchu mountain has a risk, so people under 12 cannot enter.
- The hiker cannot carry a backpack that exceeds 25L.
- Hikers are completely prohibited from accessing trails that are prohibited or unmarked.
- If you are afraid of heights, it is better not to try climbing the Huayna Picchu and it is better to enjoy Machu Picchu for longer.
- Both the Huayna Picchu Mountain and the Machu Picchu citadel have the same general regulations.
Regulation to visit the Machu Picchu mountain.
The Machu Picchu mountain is located south of the citadel of Machu Picchu and is the largest of all the mountains that adjoin the citadel. Below we describe the regulation in detail:
- Once you have reached the top, the hiker can be at most until 13:00 pm.
- There is no age restriction, so even a 5-year-old child can climb to the top.
- Access to prohibited or unmarked trails is completely prohibited.
- Parents are 100% responsible for the inconveniences or difficulties that minors may suffer.
- In general, the Machu Picchu Mountain has the same regulations as the Inca citadel.
New updated regulations of Machu Picchu to visit with a tour guide.
The tour guides in Machu Picchu are not only responsible for providing you with interesting, objective and educational information, but they also know the best places and angles of the citadel to take unforgettable photos of you and your loved ones.
- Since 2019 the visit and exploration of the Inca citadel is mandatory with a tour guide.
- The guide must accompany tourists from start to finish for a minimum period of 2 hours and a maximum period of 4 hours.
- An official tour guide can integrate a group of 8 people maximum.
- Tourists who entered the citadel of Machu Picchu accompanied by a tour guide and who re-enter the Inca citadel on a next turn or the next day, can do so without the guide; They just have to show the previous ticket and indicate the name of the guide who accompanied them.
- If you climb the mountain of Machu Picchu or Huayna Picchu, the guide is not mandatory.