Machu Picchu Hourly Entry Tickets: it's not What You Think

It seems there is a misunderstanding of the purpose of the new hourly entry tickets for visitors traveling to Machu Picchu. Peru launched a new website with a new system for selecting entry tickets by the hour effective on January 1, 2019.  Entry tickets are sold for entry on the hour beginning at 6 am and every hour until 2 pm. Hours of operation are…

Hidden Benefit of Perurail Bimodal Service to Machu Picchu

Hidden in plain view. This secret benefit on Perurail can save you money and add convenience to your trip to Machu Picchu. How? During the rainy season in Peru, PeruRail shuts down the train station in Poroy from January 2- April 30, because weather is more likely to interrupt train service on that leg of the journey to Machu Picchu. Poroy is a small…

Travel to Machu Picchu: How to choose the best water bottle

In case you haven't heard, starting in January 2019, single-use plastic water bottles and other plastic waste is banned from Machu Picchu. For more information about the ban on water bottles click here. How should you prepare for your visit to Machu Picchu?  I'll describe benefits and limitations of different options for carrying drinking water to…

Plastic Water Bottles Banned in Machu Picchu

The ban on plastic is making it's way to the land of the Inca. The following message is printed on every Machu Picchu entry ticket, "Carry drinks only in flasks or canteens."  It's the 2nd item on a list of things you can't do inside the park. Up to now the park has "recommended" that people refrain from certain behaviors like sashaying around the ruins…

2019 Machu Picchu Tickets: New Website Launched

Peru government launched new website for booking Machu Picchu entry tickets in 2019. They eliminated the morning and afternoon ticket option and replaced with tickets for entry on the hour.  So far, Vidal tells me that the general idea for the new hourly entry times is to distribute visitors to avoid congestion mainly in the early morning. There's…

Machu Picchu Entry Ticket Data and Statistics 2018

For entertainment I like to track stats and compare tickets sold. Unfortunately the government website no longer shows tickets sold for past years. I don't know if that is deliberate or just due to the changes in how tickets are sold now.  Nevertheless I was able to cull data for the total tickets sold per month for 2018.  (I will add October, November…

Machu Picchu Overtourism Update - It's Better Than You Think

Finally some good news. If you follow my blog you know I'm a straight shooter. I say it like I see it. And I double check my facts with my local contacts. I've been reporting on the travel trends and changes at Machu Picchu even before 2016, when the Peru government initiated the first big change to visitor access. They began the first of several steps…

What Happens if You Book an Inca Trail Hike to Machu Picchu and You Can't do it?

After months of planning and organizing your Inca Trail adventure, you arrive in Cusco, then calamity strikes. Maybe you get a sudden gastro-intestinal bug or slip in the shower and break your arm. (it's happened!) Or you don't realize how out of shape you are until you walk around Cusco or the Sacred Valley.  What You Need to Know About Your Inca…

Why you Can't Hike to Rainbow Mountain in late 2018

On September 16, 2018, the Regional Directorate of Foreign Trade and Tourism in Cusco, Peru, issued a public announcement asking all tour operators to refrain from organizing trips to the Rainbow Mountain. The reason is that two communities bordering the Winincunca Mountain are having conflicts that may affect the safety of tourists. Update Sept…

How to Travel to Machu Picchu and the Pan American Games in Lima in 2019

Get ready everyone! One of the busiest travel destinations in the world is about to share the summer spotlight in 2019 with The Pan American Games XIV. If you were to combine a tsunami sporting event with a hurricane travel season, you get an idea of what is about to happen. The Pan Am games will be the largest sporting event ever hosted by the country…