In addition to the restarting of international flights to Peru, the reopening of Machu Picchu is a huge leap for humankind. On October 19, the Machu Picchu government website made free entry tickets available online for anyone who is willing to travel through the end of December 2020. This is progress for plucky travelers willing to jump through the necessary hoops to see one of the New 7 Wonders of the World, without crowds. Currently the border is open to international flights from several countries including the US and Canada. Follow this link to read more about flights.

Here's what you need to know about the first Machu Picchu entry tickets after reopening:

  • entry tickets are free until December 31, 2020¬†
  • Machu Picchu entry tickets for 2021 have not been released yet but it has been announced that the cost will be the same as this year.
  • Machu Picchu tickets must be reserved online in advance¬†
  • there are 2 categories of tickets: general for foreigners and promotional for peruvians and citizens of CAN (other South American countries)
  • everyone must use their state ID or passport as tickets cannot be transferred
  • Children under age 12 were not permitted entry in November due to terms of the state of emergency. Effecitve Dec 1, children under 12 are permitted to enter historical museums and archaeological sites in Peru including Machu Picchu, and are permitted to buy tickets on Perurail.
  • tickets are only available for Machu Picchu main city. There is no availability to explore Huayna Picchu or Machu Picchu mountain.¬†
  • it appears that eventually they to will restrict access to the Sungate and Inca Bridge by requiring tickets. At this time, they're not available
  • there's an average of about 75 entry tickets available per hour for each category. (That's 675 per category x 2 which comes to 1350 per day)
  • Machu Picchu visitor capacity has been increased from 30% to 40% beginning in December.
  • you can only reserve 5 tickets at a time
  • it's advised to confirm your train and bus tickets before you buy your Machu Picchu entry ticket

Here's what you need to know about the first Inca Traill permits after reopening:

  • the 1-day Inca Trail hike is the only option through the end of December 2020.
  • The Classic 4-day Inca Trail hike is still not open but we do expect it to reopen next year. Remember that it is always closed in February due to the rainy season
  • although there is no cost at this time, everyone needs a permit which can be obtained through a licensed tour operator
  • it's essential to confirm train tickets at the time you get permits since that is the only way to get to KM 104, the beginning of the hike.


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