Machu Picchu entrance tickets 2019

The task of handling the number of visitors to Machu Picchu and ensuring each visitor to have the best time possible during their visit has been an almost impossible challenge for the INC (Instituto Nacional de Cultura) who regulates Machu Picchu and continue to be so. After several changes to the entrance tickets, times and costs over the last 10 years or so, this year some new regulations and restrictions have been added.   As with all other changes to the Machu Picchu regulations, we expect these new Machu Picchu rules to take some time to implement and therefore will be managed with some flexibility but this cannot be guaranteed of course. Therefore following we will try to provide you with a summary of the announced changes to the Machu Picchu tickets 2019.  

  • The changes would take place from January 1 onward and apply to all tickets purchased.
  • The opening times remain; 6.00am till 5.30pm but visits will now be organised according fixed entrance times.
  • There are 9 available entrance times; 6.00am, 7.00am, 8.00am, 9.00am, 10.00am, 11.00am, 12.00pm, 01.00pm and 02.00pm.
  • Visitors can stay for a maximum of 4 hours on the site. This time is counted from the moment of entering the site.
  • For each slot a number of tickets are foreseen; 800 for the first three times, 600 for the next three times, 360 for the noon ticket and 540 for each of the two afternoon tickets.
  • For Huayna Picchu and Machu Picchu Mountain there are still 400 tickets available daily.
  • The starting times for Huayna Picchu are 7.00 till 8.00am and 10.30am till 11.30am. The hike can only be started within these times.
  • For the first slot you can purchase the ticket entering at 6.00am (100 spaces) or the ticket entering Machu Picchu at 7.00am (100 spaces). For the second slot you have to enter the site at 8.00am (200 spaces).
  • The starting times for Machu Picchu Mountain are 7.00 till 8.00am and 9.00am till 10.00am. The hike can only be started within these times.
  • For the first slot you can purchase the ticket entering at 6.00am (100 spaces) or the ticket entering Machu Picchu at 7.00am (100 spaces). For the second slot you have to enter the site at 8.00am (200 spaces).
  • The idea is to coordinate bus departures from Aguas Calientes with the entrance to Machu Picchu allowing for shorter lines. Buses will depart about 30 minutes before the time slot begins and only allow those with tickets for the next time slot to board the buses.
  • Prices have remained the same as last year, following an overview.

  The prices for the official tickets for foreign visitors in Soles are;

  • Machu Picchu tickets 2019 (any of the time slots); 152 Soles
  • Machu Picchu with Huayna Picchu tickets 2019 (any of the time slots); 200 Soles
  • Machu Picchu with Machu Picchu Mountain tickets 2019 (any of the time slots); 200 Soles

#At the time of publishing the Peruvian Sol is valued; US$1 = 3.25 Soles. If you would visit the official tickets page; https://www.machupicchu.gob.pe/inicio you will see the website has a new look. It is slightly better than the former version but still confusing for people not familiar with the rules for Machu Picchu. Payments can still only be accepted with Visa credit cards.   So with these new changes what would this mean for the average Machu Picchu visitor?

  • First of all it is important that you would purchase your train tickets before purchasing the entrance ticket as the time to visit Machu Picchu will depend on the time of arrival to Aguas Calientes.
  • It is important to organize your visit according the times you have tickets for. It is advised to arrive about 2 hours before your time slot starts to Aguas Calientes.
  • If you would, for example, have a train arriving at 7.00am it is recommended to purchase the ticket entering from 9.00am onward. You need about 20 minutes to get of the train and to the bus station and need to be there at least 1 hour before your time slot at Machu Picchu.
  • It is expected the morning tickets to remain the most popular ones so with the new entrance tickets to Machu Picchu there are less available and most likely to sell out well in advance.
  • It is still unclear if changing tickets is possible and how complicated this would be so it is best to play safe. Better to have to wait in Aguas Calientes then losing your time slot.
  • For those looking to hike Huayna Picchu or Machu Picchu Mountain it is worth taking into consideration that this will leave you little time for the visit of the main part of the site. On average these hikes take about 2.5 hours to complete. Therefore it may be worth considering two days at Machu Picchu.

  Finally it is worth mentioning that all other regulations from last year remain in place (even though not all strictly applied).   Additional rules and regulations:

  • Any type of bag/rucksack measuring more than 40 x 35 x 20 cm (15.7 x 13.7 x 7.9”) is not permitted, and must be placed in storage (near the entrance).
  • It is forbidden to enter with food and drink.
  • It is prohibited to enter with alcoholic beverages.
  • It is prohibited to enter with umbrellas or sun shades (hats and ponchos / rain coats are permitted).
  • It is forbidden to enter with photographic tripods or any type of camera stand/support. This is only permitted with pre-authorization and the appropriate permit.
  • It is banned to enter with any musical instruments, including megaphones and speakers.
  • It is prohibited to enter with shoes with high-heels, or hard soles. Only soft soles are permitted (like those found in training shoes or walking shoes/boots).
  • It is not allowed to enter with children’s strollers / prams. Only strap on baby/child carriers are permitted.
  • It is prohibited to climb or lean on walls or any part of the citadel.
  • It is not allowed to touch, move or remove any lithic items / structures.
  • It is prohibited to enter with walking sticks with a metal or hard point. Only elderly people and physically-handicapped people are permitted to enter with a walking stick, when it has a rubber tip.
  • It is prohibited to get naked, dress up, lie down, run and jump.
  • It is prohibited to make loud noises, applaud, shout, whistle and sing. The tranquility and character of Machu Picchu must be maintained at all times.
  • It is prohibited to smoke or use an electronic cigarette.
  • It is prohibited to feed the resident or wild animals.
  • It is prohibited to paraglide, fly any type of drone or small aircraft.

  Note: As with many things in Peru, there is a large dimension of informality in Peru and this is also true for these rules. As we have only be informed a couple of weeks before taking effect and since there are already a lot of complaints from visitors, agencies and guides about these new regulations, it is quite possible that these will change slightly over the coming time. We will do our best to keep the information on this website as much as possible actualized so it is recommended to visit the site regularly over the coming weeks, especially if you have your visit planned for within a couple of months. For any questions or doubts, of course feel free to contact us.