"One and done." That's the latest change at Machu Picchu. Each entry ticket entitles the holder to enter one time.  

And there are now new options for buying entry tickets in 2019. Visitors can buy tickets to enter on the hour.  

About the new options:

  • Peru launched new website in December 2018 for entry tickets in 2019
  • Entry tickets are purchased based on entry time beginning 6 am and every hour up to 14:00 pm
  • Ticket availability varies by the hour
  • there is no advantage to rushing to enter at 6 am. Mornings can be cloudy and misty. It usually burns off by late morning. This is most likely to happen in dry season. (Click here to see more details about Machu Picchu weather and seasons)
  • The entry tickets for Huayna Picchu and Machu Picchu Mountain have specific hourly entry times for the first entry, and Vidal has told me that even people with tickets for the hikes will only be allowed one entry.  
  • If you buy tickets for the later hikes at 9AM or 10AM, your tour of the citadel is before the hike. After the hike you will walk to the exit gate.
  • visitors can purchase additional tickets for the same or other days in the office in Cusco or Aguas Calientes

Other things to know:

  • the line to buy bus tickets in Aguas Calientes has improved and they have 2 agents selling tickets.
  • the waiting line to board buses is average of 1- 2H to go up and 1H to go down in busy season (May-Oct). The duration of the ride is 25 minutes.
  • Fit visitors can walk back to Aguas Calientes in about 1-2H. And it's downhill. In that case you should buy 1 way bus ticket and save $12 pp
  • the new rule requiring guide service is still not being enforced
  • there is one restroom located at the main entry. People who leave the park are not permitted to re-enter on the same day unless they have tickets that include one of the hikes.  (we're not sure if this is going to change)
  • you can buy another ticket for re-entry on the same day. But. You have to buy it in advance or take the bus back down to the village where the ticket office is located.

Want More Time to Explore Machu Picchu Ruins? 

The latest change to entry tickets to Machu Picchu limits each ticket holder to one entry.  The latest news is that even the hikes are limited to one entry. After the Montana hike you are adjacent to the entry to the citadel. There is a small gate with rangers who are sometimes checking the entry time for tickets. And sometimes not. Morning tickets are not valid after 12N.  And whether or not early AM tickets from 6, 7 or 8 am are valid to enter the citadel later in the morning might depend on whether you run into a ranger at the time you enter.  Once you get past that checkpoint you are inside the citadel and you could easily take 3-4H if you know your way around.  We've had reports that people accidentally ended up on the path to the exit gate. They will not allow you to go back. Hikers doing Huayna Picchu, are on the other side of the park and after the hike you have to follow the path which takes you to the exit.

Adios guides know how to maneuver through the ruins so you don't miss things. They only do 1 or maybe 2 guided tours per day at most. And their tours can be up to 3-4H long.  If you hire a "pickup" guide at the main entry you will have a short 1-2H tour for sure. They will return to the main entry to get picked up for more tours.

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