New rules for visitors to Machu Picchu offer optimum conditions for exploring the ancient Inca citadel without the hustle and bustle of crowds as seen in recent years. But what do travelers need to know about navigating the airports, trains, bus stations and hotels if you completed covid vaccination? And what about unvaccinated travelers? Here's information to unravel some of the rumors and explain what our recent groups arriving in Peru are reporting. Try to wrap your pandemic-fatigued brains around these highlights from Peru:

  • Heavy rains and floods shutdown trains to Aguas Calientes from January 21, until Thursday January 27. (contact me on What's App 757-714-6649 Jacquie to get more details about the backdoor route until train service is restored.
  • Update January 17, 2022. Perurail requires all passengers age 18 and over to provide proof of vaccination, and now they also permit passengers with neg molecular PCR test within 48 hours, to board the trains (Rapid antigen test not accepted. Covid tests can be done in Cusco if needed)
  • Unvaxxicanted travelers should note that as of January 17, 2022, the testing window for getting neg molecular PCR test is now 48 hours, NOT 72 hours 
  • Peru arrival protocols updated January 17, 2022. The bottom line is that travelers with proof of vaccination can travel to Peru. The unvaccinated travelers need proof of neg molecular covid tests within 48 hours. 
  • Rapid covid test no longer accepted for border entry to Peru. (verify with your international airline) Non-vaccinated passengers must show negatice molecular PCR test.
  • Machu Picchu is open every day in 2022. But tickets are not released all at once. Tickets are avaialble through the end of Feb 28, 2022. More tickets become available every few days. It's just how its done! 
  • Inca Trail permits for 2022 now available. Book your hike anytime. Contact: jacquie@adiosadventuretravel.com 
  • New hikes and trails opening in Machu Picchu. This incluces Huayna Picchu and Machu Picchu Mountain. Tickets are available now on official government website. They added a new hike called Huchuy Picchu which is so close in spelling to Huayna Picchu, that people don't know which ticket to buy! (More details CLICK HERE)
  • As of January 23, 2022, I see mention of triple doses being required to board interprovincial buses for vaccinated over age 50.
  • For interprovincial trips, passengers over 18 years old, will only be able to board if they prove to be fully vaccinated, either in Peru or abroad. As of January 23, 2022, those over 50 years old will need the booster dose, otherwise they must present a negative molecular test issued up to 48 hours prior to boarding.
  • For enclosed places, all visitors, whether Peruvian or foreign, will only be able to enter if they prove to be fully vaccinated either in Peru or abroad. As of January 23, 2022, those over 50 years old will accredit the booster dose.
  • 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
  • Peru domestic flights now require passengers over age 18 to show proof of completed vaccination or negative moleculrar covid test within 72 hours of boarding. (consult airline website for details)

Mudslide in Aguas Calientes wipes out train service to Machu Picchu January 21, 2022

Vidal reported to me that the mudslide last Friday. not only took out the train tracks in the village of Aguas Calientes, but also damaged Inka Terra hotel dining room and continued down the street next to the river where mud filled the first floor of several hotels on the end. Electricity was cut off in some sections and a couple of small homes were damaged with 1 local man reported missing but now believed to be found. Thankfully, no one was injured. The first order of business was to arrange for tourists staying in the village to return to Cusco. There are no roads to Machu Picchu from Cusco. Perurail announced that they set up evacuation for 569 tourists and locals. And cargo, supplies and personnel will be transported into the village for the recovery work. The only other route in and out of Aguas Calientes is the "backfoor" to the Hidroelectric station. Beginning with a 2-3 hour hike on flat terrain, followed by an 8 hour drive on mostly paved roads crossing over 15,000 ft  Abra Malaga pass, through the Sacred Valley to Cusco. 

On Monday January 24, Perurail announced that train service to Aguas Calientes is suspended until Thursday January 27. Perurail states they will work with passengers to reschedule, modify or return tickets at no cost. For more information and assistance Perurail provides this number at their Call Center 01 625 4848.

Although Machu Picchu remains open, the only way to get there right now is by the backdoor route. I have been that route and it's an amazing adventure! However people who intend to go to Machu Picchu over the next few days, should use a guide service. The backdoor jungle route to Machu Picchu is a 2-day/1 night trip. Just ask me if you need more info.

Remember the good old days when visitors could wander all over Machu Picchu? Can people still do that?

Yes. as a matter of fact. It turns out you can still kinda do that! I was talking to our manager, Vidal, who told me how happy the group was today walking with him around Machu Picchu. They skipped lines and walked all over on different circuits. They went up and down, back and forth and, you know, actually explored the place! How did they do it? Some of you know that we began using Inca Trail permits during the "big-Machu-Picchu-ticket-sell-out-scandal" from August 2021 to early October. (you can read the whole sordid story below.) Anyway. We figured out that we could use Inca Trail permits to get people in to Machu Picchu when tickets were sold out. It's a 2 -day package trip and the tickets allow visitors to wander all over the Machu Picchu ruins like they own the place! Vidal said the group today was quite (happily) surprised. Actually even thrilled. And they didn't even do the hike. They chose to go to Rainbow Mountain on the 2nd day. How does the 2-day trip work? Can anyone do it? What if you don't want to hike? (call or text me if you want to ask specific questions: jacquie 757-714-6649 what'sapp)

The usual 2-day Inca Trail package trip is a day hike on the easy 1-day Inca Trail on the first day, then sleep in a hotel in Aguas Calientes. The next day you go back to Machu Picchu and enter the citadel for a private tour with our guide. It's a great option for nature-lovers who enjoy hiking, but camping, not so much! For people who don't even want to hike, (we know you're out there!) we have something for you too. We can substitute a van tour of the Sacred Valley. Or! There's more. We can also substitute a day trip to Rainbow Mountain if you don't mind doing the trip to Machu Picchu in one day from Cusco. The 2-day package includes guide service, trains, tickets, 1 night hotel, and apparently flexibility! Is there a downside? It costs more than buying your own tickets online. And. We can't ever guarantee that they won't change the rules on us. But for sure, Vidal knows how to maximize the value of your investment and will not let your dollars go to waste on his watch. No siree Bob. 

Are you curious? How much does it cost? Should you do it? Fortunately it costs nothing to ask. So, contact Jacquie in VA by phone 757-714-6649, text or What's App. And there's always good old fashioned email through our contact page on this website. I've been to Machu Picchu a few times myself. OK. More than I can count. In my opinion, this 2 day trip is one of the best ways to experience Machu Picchu. Here's a link to see the standard 2 day Inca Trail hike package trip.

Machu Picchu updates:

  • 4 and 5 day Inca Trail hikes open through the end of 2022. Here's a link to info about booking the Inca Trail Hike last minute
  • NEW in 2022! You can make risk-free reservations for permits for Inca Trail hikes in 2022. Permits are up for grabs now AND! AND! We can reserve RISK-FREE permits  (CLICK HERE TO SEE THE CLASSIC HIKE)
  • Cusco curfew changed to 2am - 4am 
  • Tickets to hike WaynaPicchu and Machu Picchu Mountain are rolling out on the website in 2022 (CLICK HERE to see specific details about the hikes reopening)
  • 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 are fewer departure times
  • 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. This could change. Bring a shield. And you still need them for trains and buses. Face masks are still required everywhere.
  • Domestic flights in Peru now require proof of completed vaccination or negative covid test within 48 hours of boarding. (please review your airline website for full details)

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. The final question is, 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 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 January 17, 2022, all passengers can enter Peru if they have proof of completed covid vaccination doses OR, show negative PCR covid test taken at least 72 hours prior to boarding their flight to Lima. Quarantine will be suspended. (other eligible documents are accepted as well). This applies to vaccinated and unvaccinated travelers  The way I read these documents is that it appears 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 72 hours of BOARDING your flight to Lima. Please monitor your international airlines covid travel procedures. 

NOTE: as of December 15, 2021, passengers over age 18 must show proof of covid vaccination or negative molecular PCR test taken within 72 hours to board the trains to Machu Picchu. This applies to the return train service from Aguas Calientes back to Cusco as well. The reason I mention this is because although there are a couple of clinics in Aguas Calientes, they only offer the rapid antigen test. Here's what we're doing for our unvaccinated visitors. They get a molecular PCR test in Cusco right before their trip to Machu Picchu and use the same test roundtrip within the 72 hour window. If this changes, I'll let you know!

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 when it's time to get the covid test 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. For the last 6 months, Vidal and I, and our teams in the US and Peru, have been organizing many last minute trips. 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. I am not responsible for the actions of the Peruvian authorities or airlines with regards to any arrival policy to any country)

Tickets Available to Hike WaynaPicchu and Machu Picchu Mountain (Cirsuits 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 circuits to tour 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, the Peru government announced the release of Inca Trail permits for 2022 and reopened Huayna Picchu hikes with small groups of 50 starting at 6-7AM, 8-9AM, 10-11AM & 12-13PM(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 Sungate and Inca Bridge, which it appears they plan to monetize by combining with the general entry tickets. 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. But my guess is that if they are reopening Wayna Picchu, they will likely reopen the hike to the Sungate from inside the park. 

How to find tickets on the official Machu Picchu website.

From the home page of the official Machu Picchu website you can see an image with a link to several ticketing options. When you click the link you want, 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.

And. (There's always an "and!") Pay attention to how much time these tickets allow for exploring the actuall ancient city with 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. 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."

I interpret this to mean that you can see stuff on the way from the Machu Picchu main entry to the checkin for the hike following the "long, low circuit." And then you can see more stuff on the way out after the hike. But you cannot enter the ancient city. This might be a deal-breaker for me. I'll ask Vidal to monitor how this is working after we've had some time to use it. Check back!

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."

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 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 9 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 your plan is to hike the famous Wayna Picchu which has 4 start times daily. 

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. 

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 9 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. 

Can We Get A Covid Test in Cusco Before We Return to the US?

Yes! US bound travelers can get covid tests in several clinics in Cusco. You can make your own arrangements or we can arrange a driver and an Adios guide to accompany you. Our local guides will assist people who book their trips with Adios Adventure Travel. We wrote an entire blog post with details including links to the clinics. Follow this link to get full details.

Peru Government Announces Increase to 3500 Daily Visitors to Machu Picchu. But when?

Now. The official Machu Picchu website has been updated with additional entry tickets through the end of December 31, 2022 as part of a plan to increase daily visitors to 3500. And they reopened alternative access points to Machu Picchu including the hikes to Huayna Picchu and Machu Picchu Mountain. TICKETS ARE AVAILABLE NOW FOR 2021. The total capacity for entry to Machu Picchu is divided equally between foreigners and CAN (citizens of South American countries). There's over 2000 tickets per day available for each category.

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

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. As of October 7, Machu Picchu tickets are now available at full capacity for the remainder of 2021. 

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 in 2022?

No. People are instructed to go to the official Peru government website to reserve their tickets for entry in 2021. It's too early for anyone to get entry tickets to Machu Picchu next year. This is how it is every year. They don't release tickets until late December. This is normal. To get tickets in 2021, foreigners must use their valid passport, while Peruvian nationals and CAN citizens can use their DNI cards. (Remember that if your passport expires within 6 months of your travel dates you need to renew your passport.) For your convenience here is a direct link to the Peru government ticket website.  They have issued new rules and protocols for all visitors going to Machu Picchu in 2021. I've translated and listed the new rules for Machu Picchu visitors below but there are even more changes and Vidal and I will do a video on our Youtube channel to explain. 

Note about passports expiring: when you book your ticket to Machu Picchu, you must use 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 as of July 26, the Madre de Dios region is among the lowest covid restrictions in Peru. 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. On July 15, daytime bus service resumed to Puno and Lake Titicaca. However, buses are operating intermittently based on 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 Mountains, 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 reopening on July 15, 2021.  CLICK HERE

When are Musuems and Secondary Archaeological Sites Reopening in Peru?

As of August 23, 2021, there are no longer any capacity restrictions at all outdoor archaeological sites. Secondary archaeological sites in the Sacred Valley have been open about 9AM - 3PM daily. You can still buy the tourist boleto ticket book upon entry. There is a short boleto, valid for 2 (consecutive) days, and a big boleto book valid for 10 days. Day trips to the Sacred Valley should start early if you want to see as much as possible in one day. Qoricancha Temple and Inca art museums in Cusco, are reopen, but even in the best of times, these places are subject to occasional unplanned closure. The Peru government makes assessments every 15 days. Outdoor sites like Sacsayhuaman, Qenco, Tambomachay, Pukapukara and Pisaq are reopen. Local tourist bus service has started again for most regions of the country, but progress has been slow. Give it some time as supply and demand are likely to affect the scheduling for a while. 

Can we get Inca Trail permits? Yes!

Permits for Inca Trail Hikes in 2021. 1-Day Inca Trail. Now that Machu Picchu entry tickets are officially available, we can also get permits for the 1-day Inca Trail for anyone who wants to hike to Machu Picchu in 2021. We're taking reservations now for 1-Day Inca Trail hikes in 2021. I hiked the Inca Trail on December 30 with Vidal and we noticed there have been many improvements on the trail. Paths have been groomed and bridges have been repaired.

Permits for Inca Trail hikes in 2022.  Roll-out begins on October 11, 2021 with January, then March will be available on October 12, and so on. 

4 and 5 Day Inca Trail is reopening on July 15, 2021. Permits for the 4 and 5-day Inca Trail hikes were released on June 25, 2021. It's first come, first serve. Capacity is reduced to 50%. We're taking reservations now for hikes from July 15 through December 31, 2021.

The same refund and cancellation policies apply to Inca Trail permits as before covid. Permits cannot be refunded, transferred or changed for any reason. 

The biggest change to the Inca Trail is the hike into Machu Picchu is that hikers are diverted from the citadel just before you get to the guard shack and the overlook of the ancient city. Your permit includes one entry either right after you hike in, or re-entry the next day. That is when you will have access to the interior of the ancient city center.  Here's a link to see the details fo the hike.

Should we plan to travel to Machu Picchu for Christmas and New Years?

Traveling to Peru is a memorable experience for people who like to roam during the Christmas and New Year holidays. There was a mini-surge of foreigners to the Cusco region over the Chrsitmas and New Year holidays in 2020. With the increase in entry tickets to Machu Picchu and the reopening of Wayna Picchu, 2021 is shaping up to be a great year for traveling during the holidays.

Social Distancing Rules at Machu Picchu

  • Machu picchu entry tickets at 50% capacity 
  • 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. Masks and face shields are worn on trains and public buses. NOTE: face shields must be transparent. Do not use tinted face shields!

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 

What do you need to know about trip cancellation? 

We can't speak for other tour operators but Adios Adventure Travel is offering flexible cancellation and refunds for new groups booking trips to Peru in 2021. Follow this link to see full details. Our policy is to be completely transparent about the strategies we can implement to protect your investment in case of last minute cancellation due to unplanned changes. 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 in 2021.

How to Get to Peru

While Peru international borders are reopening for passengers arriving from north America after March 15, 2021, some flights from Europe including Spain, France and Netherlands are resuming. However flights from UK, South Africa & Brazil will continue to be suspended until April 30, 2021. Airlines have been pretty good about providing details about arrival protocols. After March 15, 2021, the Peru border will reopen for tourists without any quarantine requirement if you have a negative covid test within 72 hours of your arrival. Expect to wear a mask in all public places, plus an additional face shield on planes, trains and buses and of course social distancing 

Avianca and Latam Airlines both filed for Chapter 11 Bankruptcy protection in May 2020. What does that mean for travelers trying to get to Cusco? Most international flights must go through Lima, Peru. But it's not as bad as it looks. Each airline has a different story and here's a link to more details.

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. 

Personal Side Note:

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)