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Machu Picchu is one of the most famous ancient buildings in South America. It is located about 50 miles (80 kilometers) from Cusco city, in the middle of a tropical mountain forest with extraordinary and beautiful setting. Nestled at 2,430 meters (7,972 feet) above sea level, this is one of the most outstanding architectural designs in the entire Inca empire.
Its large terraces, walls, and huge block stones seem as if they have been cut naturally in the continuous rock escarpments. Nowadays it conserves the rich biodiversity of flora and fauna.
This famous Inca site is visited by thousands of people every year, since COVID-19, the Peruvian government has created many regulations and scheduling systems that can be confusing when travelers decide to purchase the Machu Picchu tickets.

In the following article, we will guide you through the new process and rules for your entry and help you make the right decision for your Machu Picchu tour.

 Machu Picchu
Machu Picchu, Peru

Machu Picchu Tickets 2023

This is the only document that allows you to enter and visit Machu Picchu. It is very important that you keep it in hand, whether it is printed or digital.
When purchasing your Machu Picchu tickets, you need to select the date and time of your visit. Each time slot to access the site lasts 60 minutes, which allows you to explore and enjoy all the incredible spots of this Seven World Wonder.
Since 2022, the authorities have modified the regulations and schedules for visiting Machu Picchu. The ticket can be for different schedules; the first one starts at 6:00 a.m. and the last one is at 15:00 a.m.
Keep in mind that you need to show your original passport at the checkpoint; without it, you cannot enter Machu Picchu.

Machu Picchu entrance
Machu Picchu Ticket

Llaqta de Machu Picchu (Circuit 1,2,3 or 4)

The most popular ticket that everyone wants to get. This ticket allows you to visit any circuit that we will mention below. It allows you to get nice photos in the upper sector of Machu Picchu and visit some of the temples located in the lower sector. We always recommend taking Circuit 2.

Machu Picchu
Machu Picchu

Circuit 4 + Huayna Picchu Mountain

Huayna Picchu Mountain is the famous peak that appears in the background of Machu Picchu in all the postcard photos, and it has a limited number of daily tickets; only 400 tickets are sold every day on different schedules from 7:00 a.m. to 11:00 a.m. We highly recommend booking your tickets in advance.

This ticket will allow you to explore the lower part of Machu Picchu and climb Huayna Picchu Mountain.

Machu Picchu Mountain + Circuit 3

Machu Picchu Mountain is the highest peak that is surrounding the Machu Picchu Inca site. It offers breathtaking vistas from the top, even from the routes that go to the summit. It is less crowded than Huayna Picchu Mountain and offers better views.
The tickets will allow you to explore the Machu Picchu mountain and the upper sector of the Machu Picchu Inca site by following Circuit 3.

Circuit 4 + Huchuy Picchu Mountain

With this ticket, you will explore the lower sector of Machu Picchu by visiting some of the temples and hiking up to the small peak next to Huayna Picchu Mountain. Huchuy Picchu Mountain offers a fantastic view of Machu Picchu and is well recommended for those who want to challenge themselves with a short climb.

Machu Picchu + Inca Bridge (Circuit 1 or 3)

One of the most famous circuits in Machu Picchu that allows you to visit the Inca Bridge is located just a few minutes hiking from Machu Picchu. The views are fantastic on a narrow path.
You also can visit Machu Picchu after you have explored the Inca bridge. It takes you to the upper sector of Machu Picchu, where you can get the classic photo.

Machu Picchu Circuits

Currently, there are five established Machu Picchu circuits to explore this iconic Inca site. All these circuits are one-way routes with the NOT option to back or switch to another route.
When you purchase the tickets, you will be notified of which circuit you are getting; it comes printed on your Machu Picchu ticket at the upper part.

Machu Picchu Circuit 1:

This circuit is perfect for those who want to see the historical sanctuary from the upper part and get a postcard photo. It is also known as the short-high circuit, and it takes 2 hours to follow the full circuit. This ticket will allow you to visit the upper part of Machu Picchu with great views and explore the lower part by visiting some of the highlights.
With the Circuit 1 ticket, you will visit the following points:

1. Upper part of the terraces
2. Lower part of the terraces
3. The sun temple from above
4. Inca Quarry
5. Water mirror
6. Lower Platform

Machu Picchu Circuit 1
Machu Picchu Circuit 1

Machu Picchu circuit 2:

The most complete circuit and longest one that allows you to visit more of Machu Picchu. It starts with a hike to the upper platform to get postcard photos from the Guardian’s house, explore the upper terraces, and hike down to visit some of the most incredible temples. This takes about 3 hours to complete the circuit.
It allows you to visit the following points:
1. Upper part of the terraces
2. The sun temple from above
3. Inca Quarry
4. Main Plaza of Machu Picchu
5. Sundial Temple or Intihuatana
6. The Sacred Rock
7. Industrial sector
8. Qolqas Orientales
9. Water mirror
10. The Temple of the Condor
11. Lower Platform

Machu Picchu Circuit 2
Circuit 2 in Machu Picchu

Machu Picchu Circuit 3:

A great option for those who arrive at Machu Picchu through the Classic Inca Trail and the Short Inca Trail and for those with limited time, it allows you to explore the lower part of Machu Picchu without the option to hike to the upper sector. You will visit some of the highlights in about 1,30 hours of the full circuit.
You will visit:
1. Storage houses
2. Farming terraces
3. Water channel
4. Temple of the Sun
5. The Inca Palace
6. The water fountains
7. Water mirror
8. Lower platform

Circuit 3 in Machu Picchu /><figcaption id=Machu Picchu Circuit 3

Machu Picchu Circuit 4:

Also known as the longest lower circuit, this circuit allows you to visit some of the highlights of Machu Picchu located at the lower part with no option to hike to the upper sector. The circuit takes about 1,30 hours to explore exciting Inca temples and stunning views. We highly recommend purchasing this circuit with Huayna Picchu Mountain or Huchuy Picchu Mountain.
Circuit 4 ticket, you will visit the following points:

1. Storage houses
2. Farming terraces
3. Water channel
4. Temple of the Sun
5. The Inca Palace
6. The water fountains
7. Sacred Rock
8. Qolcas Orientales
9. Water mirror
10. Temple of the Condor
11. Lower Platform

Circuits in Machu Picchu
Machu Picchu Circuit 4

Machu Picchu Circuit 5:

Another circuit well recommended for hikers on the Inca Trail; Spend around 1,30 hours exploring the full circuit which allows you to visit some of the incredible temples in the down part of Machu Picchu, including the urban sector.

1. Storage houses
2. Farming terraces
3. Water channel
4. Temple of the Sun
5. Inca Palace
6. The water fountains
7. The 3 main gates
8. Lower platform

Circuits in Machu Picchu
Machu Picchu Circuit 5

How to buy Machupicchu Tickets 2023- 2024?

This is the most common question that everyone is wondering when they plan to visit Machu Picchu.

Booking your Machu Picchu tickets is essential, and the best way to do so is to purchase them in advance to guarantee you a great experience during your trip to Peru. To purchase the ticket, you can access the website of the Ministerio de Cultura to make a virtual reservation. Here, you will be asked to indicate the specific reason you wish to visit Machu Picchu and the circuit that you will follow.

Take note that the number of tickets per day is limited to preserve the integrity and charm of this historical site.

Once you have processed your booking, you will receive a valuable reservation code. This code is necessary to make the corresponding payment and confirm your visit. Please note that the reservation code is valid for 3 hours from when it is issued. It is crucial to make the payment within this period to guarantee confirmation of your reservation. If you fail to do so, unfortunately, you will lose your reservation and will need to start the process again.

Where to buy ticket for Machu Picchu?

Actually, there are three ways you can purchase Machu Picchu tickets.

Booking Online

You definitely can purchase Machu Picchu tickets online from any place worldwide by going to the website of the Ministry of Culture and following the right instructions by filling up your personal information. Once you have completed the reservation, you can make the payment in the next 3 hours by using the code generated during your booking.

You need to complete your payment with a credit card or in cash at Banco de la Nacion in any city in Peru or in the office of the Ministry of Culture in Cusco.

In Person in Cusco, Peru

This way is quite complicated, but it also works when you are staying in Cusco or Peru for a couple weeks. It is a bit complicated to find a ticket for the next few days in case you are planning to visit Machu Picchu in the following days.

The main office of the Ministry of Culture is just a few blocks from Cusco Main Square, Calle Garcilaso (Museo Garcilaso), from 7:00 a.m. to 19:00 p.m.
Calle Maruri, 340 Cusco Center, from 7:00 a.m. to 19:00 p.m.

Via Tour Operator

This option is well recommended to book your Machu Picchu ticket. Booking your tickets in advance is very important and will help you organize your trip and avoid any inconvenience. Just keep in touch with your tour operator, Vidal Expeditions, and we will guarantee all your tickets for your lifetime experience in Peru.

Circuits in Machu Picchu
Machu Picchu

Machu Picchu Tickets Rules

When visiting one of the Seven Wonders, it is important to comply with all the following rules and regulations with the purpose of preserving this wonderful heritage.

• Make sure to be accompanied by a tour guide upon entry. The guide must accompany you throughout your entire visit, from start to finish.
• Show your ticket and original passport upon entry.
• Stay on the designated trails and do not stray from them.
• Avoid feeding the wildlife present in the sanctuary.
• Avoid making loud noises such as shouting, whistling, or clapping.
• Avoid leaning on the walls or structures of the site.
• Smoking or vaping is prohibited within the premises.
• The use of drones is not allowed in the area.
• Obscene acts are not tolerated on the site.
• Street vending is not allowed within the citadel.
• Avoid jumping, flipping, or engaging in other activities that disturb the natural environment.

Restricted Items in Machu Picchu

Here is a list of items that are not allowed to be taken into Machu Picchu according to the new restrictions:

• Tripods, stands, or selfie sticks used for cameras or cellphones are not permitted.
• Backpacks or bags exceeding 5 kilograms in weight are not allowed.
• Alcoholic beverages, paints, aerosols, or other illegal substances that may cause disorder or damage to the archaeological site are prohibited.
• Musical instruments, megaphones, and speakers are not authorized.
• If you are traveling with young children, strollers are not allowed; it is recommended to use baby carriers.
• Sharp objects or firearms are strictly prohibited. When taking iconic photographs of Machu Picchu, banners, posters, or advertising signs are not allowed.
• Walking sticks with metal tips are also not allowed; sticks with rubber tips are recommended if necessary.

FAQs About Machu Picchu

Have a look below at the most frequently asked questions about Machu Picchu tickets.
h3>Is there bathroom in Machu Picchu?

You can find restrooms at the main checkpoint before going to Machu Picchu; these are the only bathrooms available in this place. You can’t use the bathrooms and re-enter Machu Picchu.

Do I need to print my ticket, or can I use a digital ticket?

You need a printed ticket, with your original passport, the tickets has to be in your name and with all your personal details.

Can I enter Machu Picchu without my passport?

No, in order to the regulations, you need to show your original passport at the main checkpoint.

Can I camp inside Machu Picchu?

No, camping or overnight stays are not allowed in Machu Picchu; you could face legal action.

Can I hire a guide once I arrive at Machu Picchu?

Yes, there are a group of tour guides outside of Machu Picchu who are offering that service.

Do you need a guide for Machu Picchu?

Yes, according to the new regulation, you need a certified tour guide who will be responsible for you during the exploration of Machu Picchu.

How long can I stay in Machu Picchu?

Once you enter Machu Picchu, you can stay there for about 3 hours, which is the recommended time. If you have extra tickets to climb one of the mountains, you will definitely have more time.

Can I re-enter to Machu Picchu?

No, the tickets are valid for you to use only once; to re-enter Machu Picchu, you need to buy an extra ticket in advance.

Is Machu Picchu suitable for children?

Certainly. The only age limit is that children under 12 cannot climb Huayna Picchu Mountain. The Machu Picchu citadel is a great place to explore with children!

If I am doing the Inca Trail, can I hike any additional mountain trails in Machu Picchu?

Yes, but for this, you need to book another ticket in advance, for example, Huayna Picchu Mountain. Inca Trail hikers are only designated to access Circuit 3.

How to avoid the crowds in Machu Picchu?

Technically, you could avoid part of the crowds going early in the morning or in the afternoon.
Between 6 and 8 a.m., there are not many people visiting Machu Picchu. Between 2 and 4, you won’t see many people in the park.

How far in advance do you need to buy Machu Picchu tickets?

We highly recommend booking your Machu Picchu tickets at least two months in advance, which will help you secure your spot to visit this mystical place.

How can I book Huayna Picchu Ticket?

Since the new regulations have been applied, to visit Machu Picchu and Wayna Picchu on a complete tour, we highly recommend purchasing two tickets: Machu Picchu Circuit 1, or Circuit 2, plus Circuit 4, with Huayna Picchu Mountain. These will give you the chance to explore the full Machu Picchu and climb Huayna Picchu Mountain.

Plan your trip in advance with a local tour operator and live an unforgettable experience!

After reading this post, I hope it helps you plan your visit to this world heritage site and make your dream of exploring Machu Picchu a reality. Feel the energy and reconnect with nature during your trip. The Vidal Expeditions Team will always be available to help you organize an authentic and life-changing experience during our different excursions in Cusco.

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