The site of Machu Picchu is gaining popularity and therefore the local government has decided that they need to up the level of protection for Machu Picchu making sure that the site is duly protected for the years and visitors to come. Therefore, the INC, the governing body that manages Machu Picchu has implemented some new regulations that take place from July 1 onward. Below we will inform you of the most important changes and how they affect the visits to this majestic Inca heritage.
- Two entrance times; 6.00am till 12.00pm & 12.00pm till 5.30pm
- No re-entrance allowed (for a full day visit you need two tickets)
- First day entrance has to be accompanied by an official guide
- 3 Circuits to follow – not allowed to divert from the circuits
- Huayna Picchu & Machu Picchu Mountain maintain their schedules as before
- Rules can be changed or adjusted in the coming months
Entrance tickets & Times:
The most important change that has been announced is the fact that entrance tickets now will have a time limit and have to be purchased for one of the two slots the dispone. These slots are;
- AM Slot: 6.00AM-12.00PM
- PM Slot: 12.00PM-5.30PM
These slots are fixed and cannot be changed. Therefore, if you would enter at let’s say 11.00am, you will be asked to leave the site at 12.00pm. In order to promote the afternoon time (60% of the visits to Machu Picchu now takes place before 1.00pm) the price for the afternoon slot is slightly lower than the cost for the morning slot. On top of these two time slots the INC also decided that they will no longer allow any re-entrance to the site. This means that once you would come out of Machu Picchu you cannot enter anymore unless you have another ticket. Therefore, if you would like to visit Machu Picchu for the whole day you will need to purchase two tickets. Therefore for a full visit to Machu Picchu it is recommended to have a two day visit; day one morning arrival and afternoon visit & second day morning visit and afternoon return train.
Before it was possible to visit Machu Picchu on your own and let your imagination or that of a guide book run wild. From July 1 onward each first time visit will have to be done with an official Machu Picchu guide. These guides can be contracted through the agency you are working with or you can find these at the entrance of Machu Picchu; be aware they need to be official guides with an official guiding permit. Each guide can guide a group of maximum 16 people. For larger groups you will need 2 or more guides. During the guided tour you cannot be separated from the guide without running the risk of being expelled from the site. At this moment the last information we received is that for people who visit Machu Picchu for two days, they would only need a guide for the first day and for the second day you are free to enjoy the site on your own account. Nevertheless, it is possible that this rule will change over the coming weeks / months. Another items that is still not clear and will be defined over the coming time is if the hike to Huayna Picchu & Machu Picchu Mountain can be done without a guide or if you need a guide for these two hikes as well. We will keep you posted.
Together with the new rules the INC also implemented a system of fixed circuits to follow. They have elaborated 3 circuits allowing you to visit different parts of the site. The circuits take around 2-3 hours to complete and cannot be changed along the route. The guides are the ones who know these circuits and will select the one that suits your interests best.
Huayna Picchu & Machu Picchu Mountain:
For the two hikes to Huayna Picchu and Machu Picchu Mountain the rules remain as they were before; for each hike there are 400 spaces available divided into two groups of 200 each. For Huayna Picchu the two groups are on the following times; group 1; starting between 7.00 & 8.00am and group 2; starting between 10.00 & 11.00am. For Machu Picchu Mountain the two times are; starting between 7.00 & 8.00am and the second group starting between 9.00 & 10.00am. Both of these climbs take about 3 hours to complete. For more information about Huayna Picchu, please have a look at the following link; http://www.howtotraveltomachupicchu.com/travel-tips/climbing-huayna-picchu
Additional rules and regulations:
Following you can find an overview / reminder of the other rules that are in place for Machu Picchu. Most of these were already implemented but will be more thoroughly be checked from now on.
- 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.
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; http://www.howtotraveltomachupicchu.com/contact