The regulation of entry to Machu Picchu has changed last 2017, in the past, visitors to the Inca citadel could enter at 6:00 am and remain in place until the sun fell at 5:00 pm, but this generated agglomerations of people in the morning schedules, as well as tumults and pushes in the afternoon's departure times.

It is for this and other reasons that the same year (2017) UNESCO threatened to include Machu Picchu in the List of heritage in danger, which generated the immediate reaction of the Peruvian government, which provided new restrictions and measures to prevent the deterioration of this world heritage site.

The Historic Sanctuary or Archaeological Park of Machu Picchu covers an area of about 32 thousand hectares, containing the Inca citadel of Machu Picchu or Llaqta, Huayna Picchu mountain, Machu Picchu mountain, Putucusi mountain, besides having an unequaled flora and fauna. The time spent in this natural and archaeological wonder depends on the type of admission ticket purchased.

There are basically 3 kinds of entrance tickets, one that allows you to enter only to the citadel of Machu Picchu, another to enter the Citadel and Huayna Picchu mountain, and a third one that lets you enter the Citadel and Machu Picchu mountain

How long can I stay in the citadel of Machu Picchu

Due to the new regulations, there is now a maximum of 5,940 tickets or admission tickets available per day, divided into nine groups. Each group is allowed to remain in the citadel for up to four hours. Below is detailed:

  • Group #1 group enters at 6:00 am, they must leave the citadel at around 10:00 am.
  • Group #2 group enters at 7:00 am, they must leave the citadel at around 11:00 am.
  • Group #3 group enters at 8:00 am, they must leave the citadel at around 12:00 am.
  • Group #4 group enters at 9:00 am, they must leave the citadel at around 13:00 pm.
  • Group #5 group enters at 10:00 am, they must leave the citadel at around 14:00 pm.
  • Group #6 group enters at 11:00 am, they must leave the citadel at around 15:00 pm.
  • Group #7 group enters at 12:00 am, they must leave the citadel at around 16:00 pm.
  • Group #8 group enters at 13:00 pm, they must leave the citadel at around 17:00 am.
  • Group #9 group enters at 14:00 pm, they must leave the citadel at around 17:00 am.
The entrance ticket to the citadel offers three circuits to choose from:
  • The first circuit is the longest and lasts two and a half hours to three hours. Almost all the important places within the citadel are visited.
  • The second circuit allows to visit the most famous and known places of the citadel and has an average duration of two hours.
  • The third circuit allows you to visit the most accessible and less steep places of the citadel and has an average duration of one and a half to two hours. It was designed with the needs of older people or with some type of physical disability in mind.

Keep in mind that admission to the citadel must be in the company of an official tourist guide on a mandatory basis. If you are found walking in the citadel without a guide, you will be asked to leave. To re-enter the citadel it is no longer necessary to have a guide.

How long can I stay in the citadel and in the mountain Huayna Picchu?

The new regulation of entry to the citadel and the Huayna Picchu mountain establishes three income groups, with a maximum of 400 people per day. It is important to mention that if you want to visit the Huayna Picchu mountain you must do it in the morning hours in a mandatory way.

  • The first group makes the entrance to the citadel at 6:00 am, beginning the climb to the Huayna Picchu mountain around 7:00 am. The combined stay time is six hours. The climb to the Huayna Picchu mountain lasts approximately two hours.
  • The second group makes the entrance to the citadel at 7:00 am, beginning the climb to the Huayna Picchu mountain around 7:00 am. The combined stay time is six hours. The climb to the Huayna Picchu mountain lasts approximately two hours.
  • The third group makes the entrance to the citadel at 8:00 am, beginning the climb to the Huayna Picchu mountain around 10:00 am. The combined stay time is six hours. The climb to the Huayna Picchu mountain lasts approximately two hours.

How long can I stay in the citadel and in Machu Picchu mountain?

The current ordinance establishes three groups of entrance to the Machu Picchu mountain, with a daily limit of 400 people.

  • The first group makes the entrance to the citadel at 6:00 am, starting the ascent to Machu Picchu mountain around 7:00 am. The combined residence time is six hours. The average climbing time to the top of Machu Picchu mountain is four hours.
  • The second group makes the entrance to the citadel at 7:00 am, beginning the ascent to the Machu Picchu mountain around 7:00 am. The combined residence time is six hours. The average climbing time to the top of Machu Picchu mountain is four hours.
  • The first group makes the entrance to the citadel at 8:00 am, beginning the ascent to the Machu Picchu mountain around 9:00 am. The combined residence time is six hours. The average climbing time to the top of Machu Picchu mountain is four hours.

Recomendations:

  • When entering the Archaeological Park of Machu Picchu always carry your passport or ID, as well as your Machu Picchu ticket.
  • Keep in mind that Machu Picchu is in a sub-tropical climate, so wearing mosquito repellent and a good wide-brimmed hat would be a great idea.
  • It is forbidden to enter the Sanctuary with sticks for selfies, animals, heels, food, drinks and others. Check the list of prohibited items here: