Machu Picchu Entry Policies 2024: What You Need to Know Before Planning Your Cusco Trip in High Season

If you’re planning to visit Peru, specifically Machu Picchu in June 2024, there are some important updates to the entry policies that you should be aware of. These changes are designed to improve the visitor experience and preserve the integrity of this UNESCO World Heritage site during high season. Here’s a breakdown of what’s new!

Changes to Entry Routes: Starting soon, the entry routes to Machu Picchu will be streamlined from five types of entry to three circuits with a total of ten routes. It’s important to note that only one of these circuits will offer the classic photo opportunity that many visitors seek. Here’s a detailed look at the new circuits and routes:

  • Circuit 1 (4 Routes): You will climb to the highest platforms: the upper terraces above the Guardian’s House, where you can capture the panoramic photo of Machu Picchu. Keep in mind that you won’t be able to descend to the urban part of the periphery. The routes are: Upper Terrace Route, Machu Picchu Mountain Route, Inti Punku Route (only in high season), and Inka Bridge Route (only in high season).
  • Circuit 2 (2 Routes): You will have access to the platforms underneath the Guardian’s House, where you can take the classic picture of Machu Picchu. You will also be able to descend to half of the urban area where you can enjoy attractions such as Llaqta Punku, the quarry, the Sun Gate, the sacred rock, and the water mirrors. The routes are: Lower Terrace Route and Customized Route.
  • Circuit 3 (4 Routes): You will explore the lower or urban area of Machu Picchu, where you can get the basic photo. You will also tour the other half of the urban area, where you will find attractions such as the Temple of the Sun, the Inca’s House, the Twelve Openings, and the Temple of the Condor. The routes are: Customized Royalty Route, Waynapicchu Route, Huchuypicchu Route (only in high season), and Great Cavern Route (only in high season).

Increased Ticket Availability: Good news for those looking to secure a spot! The number of tickets available per day will increase from 4,044 to 5,600, distributed among the three types of circuits. Of these, 1,000 tickets will be sold in person in Machu Picchu Town for next-day entry. However, this last-minute option is not recommended due to long lines that can last up to three days. Tickets are allocated randomly across the three circuit types and various time slots. It’s best to purchase your Machu Picchu tickets well in advance, ideally at least three months ahead of your planned visit.

New Ticket Purchase Website: To make purchasing tickets more straightforward and efficient, there will be a new website dedicated to ticket sales. Previously, tickets were bought through Joinnus, but now they will be available on the official website of the Presidency of the Council of Ministers. This change aims to provide a more seamless and reliable booking process for all visitors planning their Cusco trip.

Strict Grace Period: The entry grace period will now be enforced with stricter measures. Visitors will have a maximum tolerance of 45 minutes beyond their scheduled entry time. For example, if your entry window is from 10 am to 11 am, you must arrive no later than 11:45 am. It’s crucial to arrive on time to avoid any issues or potential denial of entry. Plan your travel accordingly to ensure a smooth visit, especially considering the Cusco altitude and its potential effects on your travel schedule.

Dates of Changes: These updates to the entry policies will be in effect from June 1st to October 15th. Whether you’re planning a summer trip or an early fall visit, these changes will impact your experience, so keep these dates in mind as you make your travel plans to visit Peru.

We hope these updates help you prepare for your visit to Machu Picchu. With these new policies in place, the goal is to enhance the visitor experience while preserving the majestic beauty and historical significance of this extraordinary site.

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