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Machu Picchu Ticket: Entry Schedules

Discover the Machu Picchu entrance hours and plan your visit at the most convenient time.

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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.

Buy the Machu Picchu ticket


There are three types of entrance tickets to Machu Picchu that travelers can purchase:

  • Entrance ticket to the citadel itself, known by the Quechua name 'Llaqta', which means land.
  • Entrance ticket to the Llaqta plus entrance to Machu Picchu mountain.
  • Entrance ticket to the Llaqta plus entrance to Huayna Picchu mountain.

Machu Picchu ticket admission times

In order to preserve the archaeological park of Machu Picchu and make 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 the ministerial resolution No. 216-2018-MC, have given new provisions that come into force from January 1, 2019, here we mention the most important:

  • The opening hours of the citadel of Machu Picchu for 2019 will remain at 06:00 am and closes at 5:30 pm.
  • 09 entry shifts have been created and are detailed below:

First shift enters the citadel (Llaqta) starting at 6:00 am.

Second shift enters the citadel (Llaqta) starting at 7:00 am.

Third shift enters the citadel (Llaqta) starting at 8:00 am.

Fourth shift enters the citadel (Llaqta) starting at 9:00 am.

Fifth shift enters the citadel (Llaqta) starting at 10:00 am.

Sixth shift enters the citadel (Llaqta) starting at 11:00 am.

Seventh shift enters the citadel (Llaqta) starting at 12:00 am.

Eighth shift enters the citadel (Llaqta) starting at 1:00 pm.

Ninth shift enters the citadel (Llaqta) starting at 2:00 pm.

  • The visitor's stay in the Machupicchu Llaqta will be a maximum of four (4) hours from the time of entry to the time of departure, with the exception of the entrances that combine with the alternate routes Huayna Picchu Mountain and Machu Picchu Mountain.
  • Failure to comply with the time of permanence generates the immediate withdrawal of visitors.
  • Valid documents for FOREIGN VISITORS are: your passport, foreigner's card or diplomatic identity card.
  • FOREIGN STUDENTS up to the undergraduate level must identify themselves with their original valid ID card or certificate and their passport with the respective visa issued by the consulate, Peruvian Embassy or by the National Superintendence of Migration.
  • The valid document for PERUVIAN VISITORS is the original DNI.
  • PERUVIAN STUDENTS up to the undergraduate level must present their valid ID card issued by SUNEDU (Súper Intendencia de Educación Superior Universitaria) 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 ID card or original identity document.
  • TOUR GUIDES may enter the citadel with a maximum of sixteen (16) visitors per group, and must carry an identification flag.

Groups or tours in Machu Picchu

You have 3 circuit options to start the tour: Circuit No. 1 is the most complete and goes up to the "Casa del Guardián" from where the classic postcards of Machu Picchu are taken. Circuit N° 2 starts in the middle part of the complex and circuit N° 3 starts from the lower part and is the shortest circuit.

  • You may not carry and/or consume alcoholic beverages inside the Machu Picchu Archaeological Park.
  • You should not climb the walls and other constructions of the Inca City.
  • Do not make inscriptions on floors, walls, stones, etc. under penalty of sanction.
  • Do not remove 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 professional filming or photography equipment for commercial purposes. To do so, the corresponding permit and authorization must be obtained from the Regional Cultural Directorate of Cusco.
  • Do not feed wild animals.
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