Machu Picchu Tickets

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Opening hours

The site is open every day with morning tickets valid from 6am until noon, and afternoon tickets from noon until 5.30pm. There is a limit of 5940 visitors every day with just 400 places available to hike Wayna Picchu and Cerro Machu Picchu.

How to get there

From Aguas Calientes there is a frequent bus service to Machu Picchu between 5.30am and 3.30pm, the journey takes about 25 minutes. Buses from the ruins depart when they are full and the last bus leaves at 5.45pm.

The other option is to walk the 8km route along a winding mountain road. There is also an extremely steep but well marked trail taking the very scenic route up to the attraction.


How much does an entry ticket cost?
Tickets cost US$65 for adults and US$30 for children aged from 8 up to 17. If you wish to include a visit to any of the optional sites of Wayna Picchu, Cerro Machu Picchu or the museum tickets are US$80 for adults and US$40 for children. Your full name should appear on your entry ticket. The ticket is valid for a specific date and can only be used one time. If you wish to include the optional sites in your visit they must be paid for when you make your online purchase. They cannot be sold separately. Only the first 400 are given access to the two mountain sites on any day.
Can I camp at the site overnight?
Overnight stays at the site are illegal and the site guards do a thorough search of the site before it is closed every evening. There is a bunkhouse nearby if you wish to stay overnight in the vicinity.
What are the toilet facilities like on the site?
The nearest toilet is just outside the complex, close to the café. You will have to validate your ticket before leaving to be allowed back onto the site.
Can I take food in with me?
Food is not allowed on the site, it is best to eat outside either before or after your visit. If drinking water it should be carried in a non-disposable water bottle. Water is available in glass bottles just outside the gate at the café. All trash must be carried away with you, do not leave anything behind.
What is the weather likely to be?
The weather seems to be heavy rain or bright and burning sunshine. You are advised to bring rain gear and sun-block. You will possibly need both. Another essential you should take is insect repellent, the area is full of tiny bugs, you will not feel them biting you, but will be itching for several days after your visit.

Must Know

Ticketing Problems
Tickets often sell out in advance and you are advised to buy them in Cuzco as the ticket booth in Aguas Calientes only accepts cash in local currency (sole). If you are buying your tickets online you can use debit cards but the system will only allow you to purchase adult tickets online.
Backpacks, tripods and drones
Backpacks larger than 20l, tripods and drones are not allowed into the ruins. You can check your baggage into an office outside the entrance. They charge S5( local currency) for each item.
Avoiding the Crowds
It is now harder than ever to avoid the crowds. Visitors are now expected to walk along a set route and not wander at will. The high season lasts from late in May until the early part of September. June, July and August are definitely the busiest months and best avoided if you can. A midweek visit during the rainy season is the quietest time to visit, especially in February when the Inca trail is closed.
Local guides are available to hire at the entrance and charge S150 per person or S30 each for a group of between six and ten people. The expertise of the guides varies; the best ones wear an official guide ID. Always agree a price in advance and clarify if the price is per person or a group price.
Hiking the Inca Trail
This route that on average takes four days to complete is through one of South America’s best hiking areas. You can begin from either the ruins of Qoriwayrachina, or from Piscacucho which includes the crossing of the Urubamba River by suspension bridge.
Hiking the Inca Trail

Hiking the Inca Trail. Source: Laura Dick / facebook

Accessible Travel to Machu Picchu
There are very few allowances across Peru for travelers with a disability. Features many of us take for granted such as signage in Braille or phones for those with hearing impairments are almost non-existent. Wheelchair aids such as ramps and lifts are very rare and the paths are badly potholed and uneven. In most hotels there are no facilities for wheelchair access to the bathroom either. Apumayo Expediciones is an adventure tour company that takes visitors with disabilities to Machu Picchu and other locations across Peru.

Places Nearby

Iquitos & Amazon River
The Peruvian Amazon jungle around Iquitos is thought by several observers to be a better holiday destination than its counterpart in the Brazilian city of Manaus. They are both similar in wildlife attractions but Iquitos is less spoilt and better value. The starting point of these tours, Iquitos is also the largest city in the world unable to be reached by road. The only way in or out is by boat or plane.
Iquitos & Amazon River

Iquitos & Amazon River. Source: Sascha Grabow / Wikimedia

Kuelap and the Colca Canyon
In Kuelap you will find the ancient ruins of an ancient walled city built by the cloud people known as the Chachapoyans. This point of the Amazon holds Colca Canyon, a valley twice as deep as the Grand Canyon in the USA. Throughout the valley fly Andean condors rising on the thermals. The fortress at Kuelap is the largest one to be found in South America and pre-dates the arrival of the Incas.
Kuelap and the Colca Canyon

Kuelap and the Colca Canyon. Source: Mi Peru / Flickr

This ancient walled complex overlooks the city of Cusco. Cusco was built by the Incas in the shape of a puma. The animal was one of their symbols and Sacsayhuaman was the head of the puma. The complex here is considered one of man’s greatest feats of engineering. The walls were built with huge boulders that were cut so fine that no mortar was needed, the foundations of which can still be seen today.

Sacsayhuaman. Source: Tracy Clark / Pixabay