Mucho Changes at Machu Picchu
Big changes for people visiting Machu Picchu were first implemented in 2016. Then tickets were changed to half day entry in 2017. Crowding and congestion near the main entry and other popular spots inside the park have resulted in the following changes to improve the flow of foot traffic once inside the citadel.
- All people will follow paths in one-way direction. Trails are marked and additional park rangers have been hired to enforce compliance. There are 3 circuits through the park and it's possible to choose if you want to go high or low. But once you make your choice, you cannot walk in reverse to go back. You must stay on your route to the very end.
- As of July 1, 2018, visitors are limited to 1 entry per ticket. Unless you have tickets to hike to Huayna Picchu or Machu Picchu Mountain. Then you can enter twice.
- There is now a separate exit gate just below the restrooms. The main gate is for entry only. All visitors will be directed to follow the one way route of their choice through the park to the new exit gate.
Other news that affects visitors to Machu Picchu:
- Effective July 1, 2017, entry tickets to Machu Picchu are for half day only. 6 am-12 pm or 12 pm-5:30 pm. Want more time to explore the ruins? (Go to Adios Blog to see full details)
- Although new regulations state that all visitors to Machu Picchu will be required to hire a guide to enter the ruins, this measure has not been enforced.
- Shuttle buses run between Aguas Calientes and the main entry to Machu Picchu beginning at 5:15 am. People are now lining up early (4 am) and once the day-visitors from Cusco begin arriving by train (around 7 am) the wait line to board the buses can be more than 1-2 hours.
- There is only 1 restroom at Machu Picchu. It is located right below the main entry gate and there is usually a waiting line. It can be more than 30 minutes.
- Beginning January 1, 2019, entry tickets are now by the hour. Click here for more details.
We'll keep you updated as other news comes in about the half day tickets. See our latest blog post about 1 ticket, 1 entry.
If you have any questions about what's happening at Machu Picchu, contact Adios Adventure Travel US Office.