They're at it again. Word on the street in Cusco is that we need to get ready for big changes to the cost of Machu Picchu entry tickets in 2020.  The cost of early morning entry tickets is expected to double.  And the cost of afternoon tickets is expected to decrease.

It's not official yet. And honestly, until the government website actually releases the 2020 tickets for sale, anything is possible! It's obvious that the government is trying to nudge (shove maybe is a better word!) people to afternoon time slots for visits. Last year they didn't release the 2019 tickets until early December. There's no set date when tickets are available.  So we have to wait to confirm details.

Here's what we've been told so far:

  • adult entry tickets from 6am-9am will increase from 152/s. to 300/s. per person (about $97 USD)
  • adult entry tickets from 9am-12n will increase from 152/s. to 250/s. per person (about $81 USD)
  • adult entry tickets from 12n-3pm will decrease from 152/s. to 100/s. per person (about $32 USD) Ruins are open until 5:30pm daily.
  • there is no discount for foreign students over the age of 17 years
  • students age 16 and under will continue to get 50% discount off the adult rate
  • there is no discount for senior citizens

What we don't know:

  • will tickets continue to be sold by the hour
  • will there be a limit to the amount of time that each ticket is valid for
  • will there be a limited window for entry to Machu Picchu based on your ticket
  • will there be additional buses to ensure that people can get from Aguas Calientes up to main entry in timely manner
  • will there be changes to Inca Trail permits. (currently, anyone who hikes the Inca Trail and spends the night in Aguas Calientes, earns the privilege to enter Machu Picchu the next day any time in the morning they choose)

It seems to me that if the Peru government moved at least 1 Machu Picchu Mountain and Huayna Picchu hike to the afternoon, they could get some traction with the shift to afternoon visits. And they need to collaborate with Perurail and Consettur bus company to ensure that visitors can board buses and get to the main entry by their scheduled entry time. The waiting line for buses can be over an hour. In 2019 they started giving preference for people to board the buses who have earliest entry tickets. But there is still a lot of potential for delays.  

I'll keep you updated as more details become known.