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⚠ Important Visitor Info for Machu Picchu Regulations

[UPDATED for 2020] Machu Picchu regulations changed in July of 2017. Here's what you can expect for your upcoming trip!
by Britt Fracolli

Visitor guidelines (put into effect on July 1, 2017) help protect the integrity and legacy of the UNESCO Historic Sanctuary of Machu Picchu. Now, there are timed entries into the site and designated walking circuits to guide foot traffic and reduce overcrowding.

Read more about these Machu Picchu regulations:

This article is monitored by the Peru for Less team, and was most recently updated by Britt Fracolli in November of 2019.

Timed Entries

A limited amount of Machu Picchu tickets are available for entry every hour from 6 am and 2 pm. When purchasing tickets for Machu Picchu you must select one of the entry times starting at 6 am, 7 am, 8 am, 9 am, 10 am, 11 am, 12 noon, 1 pm, or 2 pm. It’s possible to enter Machu Picchu for up to one hour after the time indicated on your ticket and not anytime beforehand.

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Time at Machu Picchu

  • General entry ticket permits a maximum stay of 4 hours inside Machu Picchu.
  • Entry + Huayna Picchu ticket permit a maximum stay of 6 hours to do the hike and take a tour.
  • Entry + Machu Picchu Mountain ticket permits a maximum stay of 7 hours to do the hike and take a tour.

Read more about the hikes in Machu Picchu, including Huayna Picchu and Machu Picchu Mountain. 

Walking Circuits

Tour the urban and agricultural sectors of Machu Picchu on one of the walking circuits showcased in the map below.

Walking Circuits

  • GREEN – Route 1
  • RED  – Route 2
  • BLUE – Alternative Routes for hikes in Machu Picchu. The Huayna Picchu and Machu Picchu Mountain hikes require a special entry ticket that must be purchased in advance. Hikes to the Sun Gate and Inka Bridge do not require a ticket.
Map of Machu Picchu showing different walking routes around the site.

Map of Machu Picchu’s Walking Circuits designed by Peru for Less

Points of Interest on the Map 

  1. Guardhouse
  2. Agricultural Zone
  3. Main Gate
  4. West Agricultural Zone
  5. Temple Zone
  6. Temple of the Three Windows
  7. Astronomical Observatory
  8. Main Square
  9. Sacred Rock
  10. Group of the Three Doorways
  11. Royal Enclosures
  12. Temple of the Condor
  13. Fountains
  14. Tower

A Traveler’s Guide to Machu Picchu Sights

New Machu Picchu Regulations

Peru for Less guides at Machu Picchu keep our travel advisors and operations team up-to-date with the most current regulations and how any changes may impact upcoming tours. View the 2020 visitor guidelines for Machu Picchu.

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