Effective July 2017, Peru’s ministry of culture introduces permits for one of two daily timeslots. (morning 6am-noon & afternoon noon-5:30pm) The two timeslots allow for a certain rate of visitors per day. All persons traveling must make reservations online from the official Machu Picchu visitor website or via a Peru-based travel agent or tour operator. There are a limited number of spaces available each day, approximately 2,500.
Tickets can be purchased online with a Visa card which will then allow you to print your e-ticket for acceptance at the entrance. E-tickets must be presented with a valid ID. If you wish to spend the entire day at Machu Picchu then you must purchase tickets for both timeslots. We found that half a day was suitable for us.
Also starting July 1st, you will be required to use an official Machu Picchu tour guide or a licensed tour guide. The maximum group size a tour guide is allowed is 16 people. The guide will be required to present a valid guide identification that cannot be expired. The guide is also required to sign in and out all people within their group.
Any tickets purchased using the old system will be valid between July and December 2017 and will not contain any time restrictions.
TIP: If you are only doing Machu Picchu you will take a train from Cusco to Aguas Calientes and then take a bus from there. It is best to purchase tickets ahead of time just like with Machu Picchu. Plenty of shopping in Aguas Calientes.
Some rules you should know for Machu Picchu
Included in Article 19 of the Ministerial Resolution, here are some of the general visitor rules for Machu Picchu
- 19.1. 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).
- 19.2. It is prohibited to enter with food and drink
- 19.4. It is prohibited to enter with alcoholic beverages
- 19.5. It is prohibited to enter with umbrellas or sun shades (hats and ponchos / rain coats are permitted)
- 19.6. It is prohibited to enter with photographic tripods or any type of camera stand/support. This is only permitted with pre-authorization and the appropriate permit.
- 19.9. It is prohibited to enter with any musical instruments, including megaphones and speakers.
- 19.11. 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).
- 19.12. It is prohibited to enter with childrens strollers / prams. Only strap on baby/child carriers are permitted.
- 19.17. It is prohibited to climb or lean on walls or any part of the citadel.
- 19.18. It is prohibited to touch, move or remove any lithic items / structures.
- 19.22. 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.
- 19.25.It is prohibited to get naked, dress up, lie down, run and jump.
- 19.26. 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.
- 19.27. It is prohibited to smoke or use an electronic cigarette.
- 19.32. It is prohibited to feed the resident or wild animals.
- 19.33. It is prohibited to paraglide, fly any type of drone or small aircraft.
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