Machu Picchu Ticket Changes: Half Day is Still Better than None
On May 16, we heard that the changes to entry tickets would be delayed until January 2018. Although there seems to be some question now about the plan to implement half day tickets on July 1, the official Machu Picchu government website still indicates half-day entry tickets will begin July 1 . Please checkback. We are updating every day.
On 27 of April 2017, it was announced on the the official Machu Picchu governement website, that beginning 1 July, 2017, entry tickets will only be valid for half day visits to Machu Picchu. Visitors can choose from two shifts: morning from 6 am - 12 noon and, afternoon, from 12 noon - 5:30 pm.
The reservation and sale of these new half day tickets will begin June 1, 2017. During the month of May, the system will be updated with the new changes. It's likely that the government website may have periods of user malfunction as it attempts to update the system while travelers attempt to buy tickets online.
- Machu Picchu tickets purchased for travel after July 1 are not available until June 1 & will be half-day only.
- MachuPicchu tickets purchased now for travel before June 30 are available & will be for full day.
- Tickets for Huayna Picchu and Machu Picchu Mountain hikes after July 1 can still purchased at this time if places are available.
- Tickets for hikes in May and June can still be purchased online providing that places are still available.
- We have been told that visitors with tickets to hike Huayna Picchu and MP Mountain after July 1, may be allowed 2-3 hours after the 12 Noon deadline to see the ruins. This has not been confirmed in writing and is subject to interpretation as well as changes.
What you need to know:
- Holders of tickets that have been purchased prior to June 1, for entry after July 1, may still have full day access. But we don't know for sure. It's best to plan for half day and if you get more time, it will be bonus. Keep this in when booking your train tickets.
- It may be possible for visitors after July 1 to buy morning and afternoon tickets for the same day if they want to pay for two entries
- Hikers who enter from the Inca Trail will have access to the ruins for half day with a limit up to 3 visits. This includes 2nd day of the easy 1-day hike.
- Perurail has added few more morning trains from Ollantaytambo to Aguas Calientes (Machu Picchu Station)
What we don't know:
- The only restrooms are located outside the main entry. It will be necessary to allow people to exit and re-enter to use the restroom.
- Rumors that all visitors must be accompanied by a guide have not been verified and our guides don't see how this is possible.
- Tri-pods, backpacks, food and drinks have always been restricted, but not enforced. They may begin enforcing those rules now.
- Why PeruRail has not increased afternoon departures for trains from Aguas Calientes to Ollantaytambo. At mid-day there is potential for congestion.
- If there will be additional shuttle buses running especially around mid-day when morning visitors depart and afternoon visitors arrive. Please allow additional time to board buses
The reason for the changes are to improve the experience of the visitor as well as to protect and preserve the treasure of the Peruvian people.
Visitors now are limited to 3 entries per day and must follow marked routes. (see our blog about "Mucho Changes at Machu Picchu")
Clearly there is still more to unfold. We will continue to update as often as we can.
Meanwhile, rumor has it that 4-day Inca Trail hike permits for 2018 might go on sale in October!