Every traveler when entering the citadel of Machu Picchu must present their ticket, which is the official document issued by the Peruvian government to enter to Machu Picchu.
The entity responsible for the administration of this world wonder is the National Institute of Culture (INC), which is the one that issues the tickets to machu picchu and defines the maximum number of visitors that can enter this place.
Due to the massive influx of visitors to Machu Picchu, mainly during the morning hours, the Peruvian government, through the INC, decided in 2018 the change in admission schedules , as well as the maximum number of visitors allowed in each turn. This change will better preserve this global wonder for future generations.
This large number of visitors generated agglomerations of travelers eager to enter and finally know the ancient Inca city, creating long and endless queues and affecting the traveler's experience.
Types of Machu Picchu tickets
There are three types of entrance tickets to Machu Picchu that travelers can buy:
- Entrance ticket to the citadel, known by the Quechua name of ‘Llaqta’, which means land.
- Entrance ticket to the citadel (Llaqta) plus the entrance to the Machu Picchu mountain.
- Entrance ticket to the citadel (Llaqta) plus the entrance to the Huayna Picchu mountain.
Entry times for Machu Picchu ticket
With the aim of preserving the archaeological park of Machu Picchu and making visits more orderly, the Ministry of Foreign Trade and Tourism (Mincetur) in coordination with the Ministry of Culture and SERNANP (National Service of Natural Areas Protected by the State) Through ministerial resolution No. 216-2018-MC, have given new regulations that are effective as of January 1, 2019, here we mention the most important ones:
- The opening hours of the citadel of Machu Picchu for 2019 will start at 06:00 am and will close at 5:30 pm
- 09 entry shifts have been created, detailed below:
First turn enters the citadel (Llaqta) from 6:00 am.
Second turn enters the citadel (Llaqta) from 7:00 am.
Third turn enters the citadel (Llaqta) from 8:00 am.
Fourth turn enters the citadel (Llaqta) from 9:00 am.
Fifth turn enters the citadel (Llaqta) from 10:00 am.
Sixth turn enters the citadel (Llaqta) from 11:00 am.
Seventh turn enters the citadel (Llaqta) from 12:00 am.
Eighth turn enters the citadel (Llaqta) from 13:00 am.
Nineth turn enters the citadel (Llaqta) from 14:00 am.
- The stay of the visitors in the Citadel of Machupicchu will be a maximum of four (4) hours from their entry until their departure, except for the entrace that combines with the alternate routes for mountain Huayna Picchu or mountain Machu Picchu.
- Failure to comply with the stay time results in the immediate withdrawal of visitors.
- The documents valid for FOREIGN VISITORS are: passport, immigration card or diplomatic ID.
- FOREIGN STUDENTS up to the undergraduate level must identify themselves with their original valid card or certificate and their passport with the respective visa granted by the consulate, Embassy of Peru or the National Superintendence of Migration.
- The document valid for PERUVIAN VISITORS is the original ID (DNI).
- PERUVIAN STUDENTS up to the undergraduate level must present their valid card issued by SUNEDU or by the Ministry of Education.
- VISITORS BELONGING TO THE CAN (ANDEAN COMMUNITY OF NATIONS) will pay the same rate as Peruvians and must present their original identity card or identity document.
- TOURISM GUIDES may enter the citadel with a maximum of sixteen (16) visitors per group, they must necessarily carry an identification flag.
Groups or circuits in Machu Picchu
You have 3 circuit options to start the tour: Circuit No. 1 is the most complete and ascends to the "Guardian's House" from where the classic postcards of Machu Picchu are taken. Circuit No. 2 starts in the middle part of the complex and the circuit No. 3 starts from the bottom and is the shortest circuit.
- You cannot bring and/or consume alcoholic beverages inside the Archaeological Park of Machu Picchu.
- You must not climb the walls and other constructions of the Inca City.
- Do not make inscriptions on floors, walls, stones, etc. It is punishable by law.
- Do not subtract samples of lithic material and/or plants or flowers
- Do not throw solid and/or liquid waste.
- Do not carry backpacks with a capacity greater than 20 kg.
- Do not enter with professional film or photography equipment for commercial purposes. For this, the corresponding permit and authorization must be processed at the Regional Directorate of Culture of Cusco.
- Do not feed wild animals.