RSS Feed en 120 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 the same: 6am-5:30pm daily

Why did the Peru government set up another system for entry tickets?
The purpose of the new system is to distribute visitor entry times to reduce congestion with the long wait lines for early…

Thu, 10 Jan 2019 23:58:00 +0000 Jacqueline Whitt
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 station and is the nearest to the city of Cusco for visitors traveling to Machu Picchu. (about 30 minutes drive)

During this period, the railway operator offers bimodal service, which combines bus and train travel beginning in Cusco…

Wed, 26 Dec 2018 23:02:00 +0000 Jacqueline Whitt
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 Machu Picchu. This is based on my 10 years of experience traveling and trekking in Peru.  Other people have different experiences and that's fine. I don't claim to know…

Sat, 22 Dec 2018 20:45:00 +0000 Jacqueline Whitt
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 while nude. Bringing in water and beverages in any old container has been tolerated. But with the new year, rangers in Machu Picchu National Park have started the process of training visitors to avoid bringing in single-use plastic bottles. Other…

Tue, 18 Dec 2018 03:15:00 +0000 Jacqueline Whitt
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 no intention to rigidly adhere to entering at the exact time of your ticket. You can enter for some time after the hour stamped on your ticket. But you cannot enter even 1 minute Jacqueline Whitt 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 and December after the stats are available.)

I believe that overall annual ticket sales have grown, given that the daily limit went from 2500 to 6534 visitors per day. But I think the changes in the park have finally settled in, and the…

Tue, 09 Oct 2018 14:30:00 +0000 Jacqueline Whitt
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 to presumably shrink and restrict access for visitors. The news has been negative for a couple of years. Worried travelers wonder what will happen next? What could the Peruvians possibly do next? Finally, I have positive news about the visitor…

Sat, 06 Oct 2018 01:10:00 +0000 Jacqueline Whitt
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 Trail Hike

First thing to know is that there are 2 Inca Trail hikes. One is the…

Thu, 27 Sep 2018 15:16:00 +0000 Jacqueline Whitt
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 27, 2018

Rainbow hike is reopened and the dispute is settled for…

Sun, 16 Sep 2018 12:38:00 +0000 Jacqueline Whitt
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 of Peru. And the event is timed during the busiest travel season at Machu Picchu. The games take place in the coastal city of Lima, the main gateway to Peru, and the first portal for travelers going to the Inca citadel. Machu Picchu is one of…

Sun, 09 Sep 2018 13:57:00 +0000 Jacqueline Whitt