New rules at Machu Picchu are being implemented now. (2022) What do travelers need to know about navigating the airports, trains, bus stations and hotels. Here's information to unravel some of the rumors and explain what our recent groups arriving in Peru are reporting. Official Machu Picchu website has made a few changes. Proper advance planning is more important than ever. Try to wrap your pandemic-fatigued brains around these highlights from Peru:

  • NO COVID TEST needed for US-Bound flights as of June 12, 2022
  • Find out which circuits at Machu Picchu offer access to get the Classic iconic photo of Machu Picchu with Huayna Picchu in the background. You won't believe what people are doing to get that shot!
  • Beginning May 1, the use of face masks will be optional in outdoor spaces. Even though this new policy is limited to 4 regions (one of which is not Cusco,) people have been removing masks outdoors in Cusco and Machu Picchu recently. Our guides report that some archaeological sties are asking people to wear masks at the entry and then take them off if they choose.
  • Rainbow Mountain Vinicunca Pass is now reopened There's also another route still open. Text me if you want more details. We can arrange private excursions. What'sApp 757-714-6649 Jacquie
  • Perurail still officially requiring travelers age 18 and over, boarding trains to show proof of vaccination or neg covid tests as of April 1, 2022. According to our local tour guides, enforcement is getting lax. (Over age 40, the booster is required for people who reside in Peru. This requirement is not necessary if you are a foreign passenger.)
  • Face shields no longer required on buses and trains as of March 18, 2022. (However, face masks still required in some places)
  • Peru arrival protocols effective June 9, 2022. The bottom line is that travelers over 18 with proof of vaccination can enter Peru. Unvaccinated people over age 12 can also enter with proof of neg molecular covid test within 48 hours. And passengers over age 18 who are residents of Peru, must show proof of receiving the booster dose (as of June 9, it says the booster dose is only for residents, according to the current protocol) I got this from the Delta Airlines website. There are so many variables, it's getting tricky to detangle. So please reveiw your airline and Latam airline covid arrival protocols.
  • Rapid covid test not accepted for border entry to Peru, domestic flights, trains or entry to indoor spaces. (verify testing requirements with your international airline) Non-vaccinated passengers must show negative molecular PCR test for all of the places mentioned. These tests can be done in Cusco. Here's a link to our page about getting covid tests
  • NEW rules for entry tickets to Machu Picchu posted on April 8, 2022. Machu Picchu is open every day in 2022. Entry tickets are available to buy online through December 31, 2022. You MUST buy tickets in advance online or in person in Cusco. You cannot buy entry tickets to Machu Picchu at the entry or even in the village of Aguas Calientes.
  • NEW rules "recommend" that all visitors hire a private tour guide for their trip to Machu Picchu. But it's not required! The reason for this is due to confusion over the circuits and the tickets. And people don't understand the logistics and timing for the trains, buses and entry. Huayna Picchu tickets do not include access to Llaqta de Machu Picchu (the main city). Lots of variables to unravel. I have strategies for setting up trips properly. Let's say it's my "superpower." Text or call me 757-714-6649 Jacquie. You don't have to buy anything, although we appreciate when you can book a little day trip or something. I'll do my best to help you out for free  (also on What'sApp)
  • The NEW Machu Picchu official government website redesigned their landing page with a link to see each circuit. Here's a link to the official Machu Picchu government website. This website is where you buy your entry tickets if you don't want to pay extra to a tour operator or ticket distributer. Circuit 2 is the main circuit and is the longest. That's the one I would choose for the most thorough tour.
  • Inca Trail permits include 1 entry ticket to Circuit 3 and 4 at Machu Picchu. Here's link to Book your hike anytime. Contact: 
  • Most hikes and trails are open in Machu Picchu. This includes Huayna (Wayna) Picchu and a new hike called Huchuy Picchu which is so close in spelling to Huayna Picchu, that people might get confused! And the new rules at Machu Picchu restrict Inca Trail hikers to circuits 3 and 4. (More details CLICK HERE) The Sungate is only accessible by Inca Trail hikers. And the Inca Bridge has gone back to the spectacled bears as no one is allowed there.
  • For interprovincial bus trips, passengers over 18 years old, will only be able to board if they prove to be fully vaccinated, either in Peru or abroad. Those over 40 years old who reside in Peru, will need the booster dose, (if they are authorized to receive it) otherwise they must present a negative molecular test issued up to 48 hours prior to boarding.
  • For enclosed places, visitors over 18 years old, whether Peruvian or foreign, will only be able to enter if they prove to be fully vaccinated, either in Peru or abroad. Starting April 1, those over 18 years old will need to accredit the booster dose. Our tour guides report that this policy is selectively enforced. 
  • Face mask update. The use of a KN95 face mask is mandatory throughout the country or, instead, the use of double masking with a 3-layer surgical mask along with a cloth mask in closed places. Since May 1, they are now allowing people to take off masks in open spaces in certain regions based on vaccination metrics. (see my note at the top of this list)
  • For Peruvian domestic flights, passengers over 12 years old, will only be able to board if they prove to be fully vaccinated, either in Peru or abroad. Those over 40 years old who reside in Peru, will need to accredit the booster dose, (if they are authorized to receive it) otherwise they must show a negative molecular test issued up to 48 hours prior to boarding.

HOT TOPIC: Are you sure you have the right entry ticket to Machu Picchu? Here's why I'm asking

  • Recently, visitors to Machu Picchu who hold entry tickets for circuits 3 and 4 (which include people hiking Wayna Picchu or Huchuy Picchu), found out their tickets don't provide access to the upper terraces, which is the best spot for taking that classic iconic photo of Machu Picchu. 
  • Apparently people with entry tickets for circuit 3 and 4 were "sneaking" past the rangers to get to the upper terraces so they could get that photo. Park officials set up a separate entrance for visitors with entry tickets for circuits 3 or 4. 
  • I had to write an entire blog post about which circuits are best for accessing the spot to get the best photo of Machu Picchu..Here's the link.

Note: Rainbow Mountain Vinicunca pass is reopened as of Monday May 23, 2022.  The local dispute was resolved. There is another route that has "light" hiking. Text me if you need details. We can set up private 1 day excursions.  What'sApp 757-714-6649

Do Visitors Entering Machu Picchu National Park need to show their Health Documents? 

Last March, the officials at Machu Picchu National Park asked their staff to start checking covid vax status of all visitors as they entered the park. Well, this created such a log jam at the main entrance they had to abandon the rule, and instead, they started asking the tour guides to show their proof of covid vaccination. Which makes no sense to me because the same tour guides enter quite often. Our tour guides report that visitors entering Machu Picchu are not being asked to show proof of covid vaccination or negative covid tests. But I can't find written confirmation of this policy. The Machu Picchu covid protocols were posted September 2020 and are clearly outdated. But when you buy your Machu Picchu entry tickets you will get an email notification with a list of rules you need to agree to. Pay attention as this is the most updated version of current rules and regulations at Machu Picchu. 

If you have questions about what is required to enter the ancient city, why don't you ask the follks at the Machu Picchu National Park office? Here's their email to copy and paste: If you find out anything useful, can you please share it with me? We would love to know.

New Policies for Inca Trail Permit Holders Visiting Machu Picchu.

I'll tell you the good news first. Hikers coming off the Inca Trail on the last day of the 4 day hike and the mini 1 day hike have exclusive access to stand right next to the famous Guard House that overlooks the Machu Picchu city. This is your "special treat" for suffering on foot to get to Machu Picchu. Visitors arriving in Machu Picchu by train and bus do not have access to this sacred spot. This spot is reserved for you! The bad news is that  the Machu Picchu entry ticket that comes with your hiking permit restricts you to Machu Picchu low circuits and you're expected to tour circuit 3 or 4 right after the hike. On the same day you hike in. I guess they figure you get to see Machu Picchu as you descend from the Sungate and you get to stand next to the Guard shack. Probably what will happen with our groups, is that we will buy additional entry tickets for circuit 2 so that people spending the night in Aguas Calientes can see the main citadel the next day. The official government website now has a popup message on the homepage advising all visitors to arrange guide serivice. The message also restates the latest information about the various tickets and the circuits accessible with those tickets. I think a lot of people who buy tickets to hike Huayna Picchu and Machu Picchu mountain are surprised to find out that they cannot enter the Llaqta of Machu Picchu. (the main city). And there's no where to buy additional tickets. I can't imagine how disappointing it would be to get there and find out that even if you wanted to buy extra tickets to visit the Llaqta it can't be done in the village or the main entry. I suppose if you have internet access you could buy a ticket online (if they're available). If anyone is able to pull this off, I would love to hear about it.  (Here's link to our blog about changes to Machu Picchu tickets that come with Inca Trail permits)

Machu Picchu updates:

  • Visitors are permitted to enter Machu Picchu without a tour guide, although officials are recommending that visitors should have one. 
  • Face masks are slowly being eliminated. There is no official written policy. Do what everyone else is doing if you choose to.
  • There are 4 one way circuits and the Machu Picchu website has a great map tool that shows the layout for each circuit. CLICK HERE.
  • 4 and 5 day Inca Trail hikes open through the end of 2022. Here's a link to read about changes to the Machu Picchu tickets that come with Inca Trail permits
  • Tickets to hike WaynaPicchu and HuchuyPicchu are now available through the end of December 2022. 
  • Tickets for hike to Machu Picchu Mountain are available if you click the "BUY TICKETS" button on the home page. However, if you open "Experiences," it shows that it is not available.
  • as of August 23, 2021 there are no longer capacity restrictions at all outdoor archaeological sites in Peru 
  • Machu Picchu trains and shuttle buses are at 100% capacity but there may be fluctuations in the number of departures.
  • Face masks are no longer required for outdoor spaces (don't throw them out yet! You'll need them on trains and buses)
  • Lima airport "Left Luggage" storage is closed indefinitely. If you're visiting the city of Lima (about 45 minutes from the airport) you could ask the airline to store your bags. However US-based airlines don't open until the evening, about 3 hours prior to the first scheduled departure. (Delta, United, Jet Blue)
  • Face shields are no longer required on domestic flights, trains and shuttle buses. (as of March 18, 2022)

Covid arrival protocols in Lima, Peru

Please double check your resources especially your international airlines. Vaccinated and unvaccinated travelers can enter Peru, however unvaccinated travelers need to show neg molecular PCR test to board flights to Lima, Peru domestic flights, and trains to Machu Picchu! Miraculously, I was able to contact Latam Airlines on FB to ask if the same PCR test provided for the international flight to LIM could be used for the domestic flight from LIM to CUS if it is within the 48 hour window. They confirmed this is the case. However, when booking your flight on Latam, please re-confirm if you are unvaccinated and plan to use one covid test for both your international and domestic flight. I'm wary of the left hand at Latam Airlines not knowing what the right hand is saying. Just because Latam's social media team is up to date, doesn't necessarily mean the boots at the Latam counter in Lima airport will be equally informed.  Can 1 test be used for more than 1 flight in a 48 hour window with the molecular test?  (Using 1 test will work in reverse to return to the US if you're unvaccinated, as long as it's a molecular PCR test.) Here are the resources I've been using.

For your convenience, here is a list of several links to review regarding the arrival protocols in Peru:
Official Peru Travel Website Covid Reports (the most recent was posted Sept 23)

As of February 28, 2022, all passengers can enter Peru if they have proof of completed covid vaccination doses OR, show negative PCR covid test taken at least 48 hours prior to boarding their flight to Lima. (other eligible documents are accepted as well). This applies to vaccinated and unvaccinated travelers  The way I read these documents is that rapid antigen test is not being accepted. If you're planning to show proof of a negative covid test to enter Peru,  it must be neg molecular PCR taken within 48 hours of BOARDING your flight to Lima. Please monitor your international airlines covid travel procedures.  Passengers over age 18 must show proof of receiving the booster does if they reside in Peru. (according to the current protocol) (I got this from the Latam Airlines website)

What About Covid Boosters for foreigners entering Peru?

Boosters are now required for all citizens age 18 and over who reside in Peru. Some of you have contacted me about how this applies to foreigners. The official Peru documents state "those over 40 years of old who reside in Peruwill need to show their booster dose (if are authorized to receive it) according to the current protocol, otherwise they must show a negative molecular test issued up to 48 hours prior to boarding." Several people contacted me just for reassurance that they don't need the booster. But I am not in a position to offer reassurance. So I sent these folks to the contact page of Perurail. Well guess what guys? Perurail now added this little statement in BOLD at the end of their covid policy on who needs booster shots! "This requirement is not necessary if you are a foreign passenger." There you have it. I interpret that to mean that boosters are not required for foreigners to board the trins. The Perurail website clearly states that:

  • National passengers over 40 years old must also present their vaccination card, which must necessarily include the booster shot. Otherwise, they must present a negative PCR test taken no more than 48 hours before the journey. This requirement is not necessary if you are a foreign passenger. 
    (Keep in mind that everyone over age 18 has to show a covid vax card or neg molecular PCR test taken within 48 hours of boarding.)

No matter what you read now, all travel protocols are subject to change, especially if you're planning a trip to Peru later in 2022! Rules are subject to change and travelers should review the protocols when they book their flights, then review again right before they travel. We're all hoping that the US will eliminate the requirement that all US-bound passengers arriving on international flights must show neg covid test. 

The current trend in international travel favors those who can plan their trips last minute. I'm talking less than one month from arrival. In 2021, Vidal and I, and our teams in the US and Peru, organized last minute trips for over 60 groups. We've learned a lot. It's not unusual to plan an epic, once-in-a-lifetime adventure in less than a month! Several groups enjoyed amazing Christmas and New Year trips to Peru. So far we haven't had any trouble getting permits to hike any of the Inca Trails. But keep in mind that we need at least 1 full week advance notice.

Link to "Tips for Filling out the Peru Health Declaration Document"

(Disclaimer: I am offering this information anecdotally to provide insight based on reports from real travelers and local tour guides. I am not responsible for the actions of the Peruvian authorities or airlines with regards to any arrival policy to any country)

Be Alert to Prevent Theft while traveling in Peru

A long time ago, I was a cop. And a private detective. So, it's in my blood. I can't help it. I have to share this story. On March 25, a lone femaile Swedish tourist was walking in the Cusco historical center (near Koricancha Temple) looking at her cell phone, when a young man grabbed her phone and ran. She chased him down and caught him. Fortunately a nearby citizen patrol apprehended the man who claimed to be a Colombian national. I am not suggesting anyone should chase down a thief in case you are robbed. (but secretly, I confess I admire her) This is a reminder to everyone to follow basic protocols to protect yourself and your valuables. Prevention is best. 

  • avoid walking around alone while holding valuables in your hands. (this should apply when walking with companions too)
  • protect your devices with passwords. And remember that some devices have separate SD cards with separate passwords!
  • avoid using apps on your phone that provide access to banking or sensitive personal information. 
  • set up other sources as backups for recovery in case your phone is stolen or lost
  • secure your valuables in zippered pockets or a waist bag (bum bag) in the front of your body. Don't take it off or set it down because this is when it's most vulnerable. All my travel clothes have pockets with zippers or flaps with snap closures. Especially jackets and outerwear.
  • do not hold phones, cameras and valuables in your hands while walking around.
  • do not wear earpods or headsets while walking around
  • do not open wallets full of cash in public. Before you leave your hotel room, take out the amount of cash you think you need for the day and carry it in a separate secure pocket.
  • think like a thief. Who are they most likely to target? Don't be that target!
  • What about using a cell phone tracking app? Even if your phone is located on a map, what are you going to do? Hire a taxi to take you to a neighborhood and knock on the doors of strangers?

Tickets Available to Hike WaynaPicchu and Machu Picchu Mountain (Circuits 3 and 4) Good news and bad news.

Before you jump for joy about getting a coveted ticket to hike Huayna Picchu, ask yourself this question. How important is this hike compared to seeing the actual thing you came to see? You know. The ancient city of Machu Picchu! Up close. I started reading the fine print, which I translated below. Although tickets for hikes are available, the amount of time and the restriction to the lower circuit of Machu Picchu offer limited time to see the thing you came to see! But not to fear. I have a plan! Keep reading.

On October 5, 2021 the Peru government released Inca Trail permits for 2022 and reopened Huayna Picchu hikes with small groups of 50 starting at 7-8AM, 8-9AM, 9-10AM,10-11AM (max 200 people)  Hikes to Machu Picchu Mountain will be 6-7AM & 8-9AM. On the new Machu Picchu website there are new "experiences" this year. These experiences include new hikes to Inca Bridge and the new "Huchuy Picchu" the baby sister of Huayna Picchu. and I do mean "baby!" Finally the tickets for Wayna picchu and Machu Picchu Mountain are available on the official Machu Picchu government website for 200/s. per person. The cost of Machu Picchu general entry tickets is the same as previous years. 152/s. per adult for foreigners. Right now, the only people who can get to the Sungate are visitors who hike the Inca Trail. You cannot go up to the Sungate from inside the citadel. 

How to find tickets on the official Machu Picchu website.

From the home page of the official Machu Picchu website you can see a "BUY TICKETS" button. When you click the link you'll see a window for Tarifa General at the top and right under will be "RUTA." MAKE SURE THE CORRECT "RUTA" is on display for the tickets you're trying to buy! There is a drop down box to see the list of the various ticketing options, and "Bob's Your Uncle!" Now you know how to choose the correct entry tickets to Machu Picchu. They just updated the Machu Picchu website with a separate link to view each circuit. See if on the homepage

And. (There's always an "and!") Pay attention to how much time these tickets allow for exploring the actuall ancient city before you begin the hike. The entrance to Huayna Picchu is on the other side of the park and you have exactly 1 hour to get from the Machu Picchu main entrance to the checkpoint for Huayna Picchu and Huchuypicchu. (I included an example of how the timing works in the next paragraph) After the hike you walk to the exit. That's it. You're done. Here's the fine print: "Visitors must enter {Machu Picchu} at the corresponding time and go directly to the entrance control to the alternative routes Montaña Waynapicchu and Huchuypicchu They will not have the right to re-enter the llaqta, having to make the complementary route (long low circuit) to the alternative route chosen during their movement towards the alternative route and during their exit from it."

When you click the box to buy the ticket for Huayna Picchu you will see that your entry time at the main gate to Machu Picchu is exactly 1 hour before the printed entry time for your hike. For example, if your Wayna Picchu hike is from 9-10AM, you can enter the MP main gate at 8AM. This gives you 1 hour, and an extra 45 minutes if you want to checkin for the Huayna Picchu hike as late as possible. You can checkin up to 10AM. I would be at the checkpoint no later than 9:45AM. So you could tour the lower circuit from 8am - 9:45am if your HP tickets are 9-10am. 

This allows you to tour the lower circuit 4 on the way from the Machu Picchu main entry to the checkin for the hike following the "short low circuit." And then you can see more stuff on the way out after the hike. But you cannot enter the other circuits which include the ancient city. This might be a deal-breaker for me. 

However the logistics for hiking Machu Picchu Montana are different. I translated the fine print: "Visitors must enter at the corresponding time and go directly to the entrance control to the Machupicchu Mountain alternate route. They have the right to re-enter the monument to make the tour in the nuclear area strictly by the short low route, which does not enter the Sacred Square."

Printing your entry tickets. Buying Machu Picchu tickets is a 2-step process if you do it on the official government website. The first step is to request the date, time and type of ticket you want. You will get a notification email with a confirmation code. The second step is to make the payment. This is when your tickets are confirmed. Then go to the official Machu Picchu website to the tab marked "Search Reservation" and copy/paste your confirmation code in the search bar. Here's where people sometimes make a mistake. The confirmation code must have a hyphen between the last 2 digits. If your code is not working, add the hyphen and try again. You can download and print. I would do both. 

What can you do if you want to hike to WaynaPicchu and tour the Machu Picchu ancient city? I have a solution. 

Here's what I would do. Set up a 2 day trip with a tour of Machu Picchu Llaqta (ancient city) in the afternoon of the first day. This gives you all morning to travel from Cusco or Sacred Valley at an enjoyable pace to get to Machu Picchu. After the tour of the ruins you spend the night in Aguas Calientes. Then go back up to Machu Picchu the next morning and do the hike. Take the afternoon train back to civilization. This means you have to buy two sets of tickets for entry on 2 separate days. Is it worth it? It is for me because the "experiences" are very different. The Huayna Picchu hike is not the tour and the tour of Machu Picchu is not the hike. But I can't answer that for you. 

What is the difference between the hikes to Huayna Picchu and Huchuy Picchu? Which one should you get?

I already have emails from people asking me to help them make sure they get the correct hike. My prediction is that people will buy the wrong tickets. Oh boy! Here's what you need to know. If you are not very good at spelling, this is one time when you might want to brush up on your skills. Let me explain. Before covid there was the famous short, 2-hour hike called Huayna Picchu, which is the little mountain you see behind Machu Picchu. It's famous for being treacherous. And for being popular, which led to tickets selling out. Because the word "Huayna" is pronounced "Wayna," they eventually changed the spelling of the hike to "Waynapicchu" because of us gringos. Keep that in mind and stay with me. In October 2021 they finally reopened the hikes in Machu Picchu and guess what? They added another NEW hike called Huchuypicchu. (say it with me: "hoochweepeechu") This is a very short hike to an even smaller hill in front of Waynapicchu. Huchuypicchu has 8 start times beginning on the hour from 6AM to 14:00 daily. That's your first clue that you might have the wrong hike if you're looking for HuaynaPicchu. Wayna Picchu has 4 hikes available per day only in the morning. Huchuypicchu has 8 per day.

If you want to hike WaynaPicchu (which is also known as Huayna Picchu) you need to look for Ruta - "Circuito 4 + Waynapicchu". That's how it's written on the official Machu Picchu website. When you choose your date the ticket availability will display and you should see 4 start times and a cost of 200/s. per adult foreigner. It takes me about 2 hours to do this hike round trip. I've heard of younger people who have done it in less than 1 hour. But I wouldn't know a thing about that!

Maybe you're not in great shape or you don't have the time to hike Waynapicchu. Or you just want to get up high for a view of Machu Picchu. Whatever your reason, to find Huchuypicchu tickets, look for Ruta - " Circuito 4 + Montana Huchuypicchu." There will be 8 start times and the cost is 152/s. per adult foreigner. 

By the way, once you buy your tickets, you can't change them. I suppose you could send an email to the Machu Picchu office and beg them, but they're pretty cold-hearted when it comes to poor bastards buying the wrong tickets. Don't expect them to willingly change anything. And it's likely that most people who buy the wrong tickets won't realize it until they're standing at the checkin gate peering at Huayna Picchu only to find out their tickets are for Huchuypicchu. 

Do US-bound travelers need a Covid Test in Cusco Before you return to the US?

No. The CDC eliminated the requirement for people arriving in the US to provide proof of negative covid test. No one needs to show testing of any kind to enter the US. If anyone needs a test in Cusco, there are several clincis that offer it. You can make your own arrangements through your hotel. We wrote an entire blog post with details including links to the clinics. Follow this link to get full details.

Why were Machu Picchu entry tickets sold out in August, September and October 2021 and could it happen again?

Entry tickets to Machu Picchu sold out for the last two weeks in August, most of September and even October. Here's why. Peruvians showed up in Cusco in early August, (as they do every year for their Independence Day celebrations combined with 2 week school vacation), with the plan to buy entry tickets and visit Machu Picchu, the emblem of their national heritage. But due to reduced capacity and a normal seasonal increase in visitors, all tickets sold out unexpectedly. Exercising their freedom of speech, the Peruvians showed up in numbers to protest at the ticket offices, train stations, and buses. The government offered the following (short-sighted) solution. People could buy tickets for any date they chose in September or even October and use those tickets to enter Machu Picchu in August. This of course created another problem in that tickets in September and October sold out and people planning to buy tickets to Machu Picchu for entry in September and October could not find availability. On Monday August 23, Sept 4 & 18, and Oct 1, the Peru government released more entry tickets to Machu Picchu. Unfortunately they only released additional tickets for entry to Machu Picchu in two-week increments. 

That scenario is not likely to happen again because Machu Picchu tickets are at 100% capacity. However, tickets to Machu Picchu can sell out in advance. And due to the overlap of Peruvian holidays with heavy tourism, August is the month when it could happen.

By the way, I don't recommend buying tickets to Machu Picchu on other dates and trying to use them on any date you want. The fact that the Ministry of Tourism allowed people in August to enter Machu Picchu with tickets dated from September and October is not an indication of an across-the-board policy change. It was a temporary measure to solve an immediate problem that no longer exists.

Can We Buy Entry Tickets to Machu Picchu with an expired passport?

Yes. Here's what you need to know. The only way to buy an entry ticket to Machu Picchu is with your passport unless you're a citizen of CAN (latin American countries) in which case you can use your national ID. Passports must be valid for at least 6 months from your arrival date in Peru. There has been a delay in getting passports renewed in the US. Some people report that it's taken 4 months. Keep this in mind when you're buying tickets and planning trips. The passport document you use to buy your tickets is the same document you must show to enter Machu Picchu. Here's what you do if you're buying tickets in advance with a passport that's about to expire. Buy your ticket online with a passport that will expire and after you get your new passport, you travel with both the old and the new passports. You will use your new passport to enter Peru, and you will use your old passport to enter Machu Picchu. This is what we do for Inca Trail permits as well.

Can we combine our trip to Machu Picchu with excursions to the Amazon Jungle or Lake Titicaca?

Yes. The good news is that the Madre de Dios region in Peru is reopen. . As long as Latam Airlines continues to provide service to Puerto Maldonado (PEM), the jungle lodges welcome travelers.  One thing I recommend when setting up your itinerary is to book this segment at the front of your trip and save the Machu Picchu portion for the end. This puts you in Cusco where it's easy to get a covid test if you're US-bound. Another important thing to be aware of is that the flights to and from PEM need to be synchronized with your lodge transfers. Always confirm the flight schedule with your lodge before you pay. Daytime bus service resumed to Puno and Lake Titicaca. However, the frequency of the bus departures is subject to demand. If you have a fixed schedule, we're offering private 1-day transfers from Cusco to Puno. To read more about Amazon Jungle and Lake Titicaca Follow this link.

What Hikes are Open in Peru?

If you're wondering about the Inca Trail hike, Rainbow Mountain, Humantay Lake, Salkantay Trek and other day hikes and multi-day treks, we set up a page devoted to the list of all hikes that are open and all that are closed. The 4 and 5 day Inca Trail hike is open through the end of 2022.  CLICK HERE

Can we get Inca Trail permits? 

Yes. Permits for all Inca Trail Hikes in 2022 are available.  New this year in April. Hikers are now permitted to hike into Machu Picchu and go right to the Guard House overlooking the entire ancient city. It's been closed off since covid and visitors from the main entrance are not permitted access. Inca Trail hikers have exclusive access on the day they hike in to Machu Picchu. Note that once we set up the permit with your dates, we cannot change it later. The bad news is that the entry ticket to Machu Picchu that comes with your permit only allows access to circuits 3 and 4. That's the lower circuits. I guess they figure you get to see the upper regions when you hike in, even though you're not actually inside the citadel. So the ticket to Machu Picchu is for the lower section only.

The same refund and cancellation policies apply to Inca Trail permits as before covid. Permits cannot be refunded, transferred or changed for any reason.  Here's a link to see the details fo the hike.

Social Distancing Rules at Machu Picchu

  • Machu picchu entry tickets at 100% capcity
  • up to 7 people per group (with or without a private guide)
  • spacing is 20 meters between groups
  • trains at 100% capacity
  • buses at 100% capacity
  • guided tours are usually up to 2 hours but our guides report that tours can be longer and more in depth if people are interested 
  • face masks are worn in all public places but in May 2022, some areas are dropping the masks including Machu Picchu. Sometimes they want people to wear the mask at the entry and then after entering the archaeological site you can remove it. Ask your tour guide or follow the people around you.

How to Buy Entry Tickets to Machu Picchu After Covid-19

  • Machu Picchu website is up and running. General entry tickets available to reserve for entry through the end of December 31, 2021 
  • Pre-order with a tour operator who will reserve the tickets for you (valid passport needed)
  • Pre-Book a package trip with hotels, tours and all ground transportation including train and entry tickets 
  • Beware that you cannot buy Machu Picchu entry tickets on site even if they are available. You cannot buy them in the village in Aguas Calientes. The only way to buy them is online or in person in Cusco. I suppose you could buy them online in the village of Aguas Calientes if you have internet access. But I don't know anyone who has every tried that. It would be a good experiment.  

What do you need to know about trip cancellation? 

We can't speak for other tour operators but Adios Adventure Travel is offering variouis terms for new groups booking trips to Peru in 2022.  Our policy is to be completely transparent about the strategies we can implement to help you protect your investment in case of last minute cancellation due to unplanned changes. Unless you' need a permit, we can defer your payment until closer to your travel date. There are limitations you need to be aware of. Contact our US office to get full details. It is strongly recommended that travelers purchase comprehensive travel insurance that covers all ground expenses. Follow this link to see tips and strategies to help you plan your trip to South America.

Stay in Touch With Adios Adventure Travel to Get Up-to-date Info About Traveling to Machu Picchu

Check back from time to time as I update information regularly. Sometimes daily if needed. I'm in touch with Vidal and Hubert in Cusco on a regular basis. 

My favorite travel accessory:

People always ask me what my most useful travel gadget is. I've taken this simple looking sack, called the SCRUBBA, on many trips. You won't believe all the things I've used this for! It's a handy air-tight bag marketed for hand-washing laundry, but I turned it into a multi-use "tote-of-all-trades," with more functions than a swiss-army knife. Perfect gift for surfers, boaters, photographers or fisherpeople!  (if you purchase the bag through the link on our website, I get a small commission for which I am truly grateful)