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Machu Picchu Mountain Ticket

Machu Picchu Mountain Ticket

Machu Picchu Mountain is emerging as a popular and sought-after alternative to Huayna Picchu. Standing at an altitude of 3200m/10500ft, this mountain offers a remarkable experience for visitors. Once you reach the summit, a breathtaking panorama unfolds before your eyes. Behold the awe-inspiring Machu Picchu citadel, with its temples, enclosures, squares, and platforms. Gaze upon the majestic Huayna Picchu mountain, the meandering Vilcanota River, and the stunning landscapes that surround the mountain. It is truly a rewarding experience that captures the essence of Machu Picchu.


Don't forget your binoculars, as they allow you to spot the Llactapata ruins, the majestic Salkantay mountain, and the mesmerizing Santa Teresa Hydroelectric plant.


During high tourist seasons, securing entrance tickets for Machu Picchu Mountain can be challenging. It is now advisable to purchase tickets at least one month in advance. Similarly, Huayna Picchu remains highly sought-after, and obtaining entrance tickets requires booking two to three months ahead of time.


In addition to these well-known options, there is another hidden gem waiting to be explored - Machu Picchu Montaña. This newly restored route follows the ancient Inca trails and stairs, leading you to unparalleled scenic beauty. Despite being less known among tourists, it promises a unique and unforgettable experience.


Immerse yourself in the wonders of Machu Picchu, and make sure to plan ahead to secure your spot on these extraordinary mountain adventures.

The Ministry of Culture and the Peruvian government have recently released the updated Machu Picchu Rules for 2023. These new regulations apply to Machu Picchu Mountain tickets, which now include Circuit 3. This ticket allows visitors to access both the mountain and a designated section of the Machu Picchu citadel.

It's important to note that if you choose to ascend the mountain, you won't be able to explore the entire Inca citadel. Instead, your route will primarily lead you downhill.

These rules have been put in place to ensure a safe and well-managed experience for all visitors to Machu Picchu. Please abide by these guidelines and make the most of your visit to this magnificent historical site.


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Machu Picchu Mountain entry Schedules & Availability

The Machu Picchu Mountain tickets have only 400 spaces per day, distributed in 2 schedules.

  • Entrance from 07:00 to 08:00 hrs
  • Entrance from 08:00 to 09:00 hrs


  • Visitors with this type of ticket must enter the Machu Picchu Mountain route directly, and leave the monument by the same path. This type of ticket will have the possibility of a re-entry to the llaqta to carry out circuit 3 (low short - yellow color).
  • They are reminded that tickets can only be used at the selected time.
  • The admission capacity to the llaqta is enabled 100% from March 2023, except for modifications that may be given by virtue of the Supreme Decrees of alert levels in the Cusco Region.
  • Tickets must be purchased in advance.

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Number Traveler Price per person
Solo Traveler  U$ 60
2 Travelers  U$ 30 per person
3 Travelers  U$ 20 per person
4 Travelers  U$ 15 per person
5 Travelers  U$ 12 per person
6 Travelers  U$ 10 per person
7 - + Travelers  U$ 8 per person


Aguas Calientes to Machu Picchu Bus tickets

This tourist bus from Aguas Calientes to Machu Picchu is leaving every 5 minutes, you can take any bus with your bus tickets to Machu Picchu. If you want to see the sunrise, we recommend to wake up at 05:00 am,
In the high tourist season you will find a line and usually you will need to wait 30min before to take the bus. in the low season, only you will wait 10 min in the line. If you need the bus ticket to Machu Picchu, book online!


Where is the bus station to Machu Picchu?

Where is the bus station of Machu Picchu


Ticket train to Machu Picchu

Inca Trail Machu chose the best schedules and best prices of the train tickets to Machu Picchu and we published in our booking online. Usually it is very difficult to choose the best time to visit Machu Picchu, but Inca trail machu facilitates this selection of schedules. Our staff will prepare your best time to take the train and visit Machu Picchu, you are not lost the time!, we take care of your entire trip to Machu Picchu by train.


Train ticket to Machu Picchu


Transfer & Train tickets from Poroy - Mapi - Poroy

These tickets train involve the Expedtions (Perurail) or Voyager (IncaRail) service train. In these are services included the transfer from your hotel in Cusco - Poroy - Cusco and the train ticket from Poroy - Machu Picchu - Poroy. 

Our driver will pick you up from your hotel and he will take the train station and when you will return to Poroy the same driver will be waiting in the train station and he will drop you up in the hotel.


Vistadome or 360 Paronamic train from Ollanta - Mapi - Ollanta

This train service is leaving from Ollantaytambo to Machu Picchu and Ollantaytambo. Once booked it, our booking department will send an email with your ticket train attachment..


Expedtion or Voyager train from Ollanta - Mapi - Ollanta

This service is an economic tourist train, in this Machu Picchu train ticket included only the ticket. If you want to add the transfer, please select this option in our system book online.


Bimodal service (transfer & train from CUS - Mapi - CUS)

Bimondal service involve the tourist bus from Cusco to Ollantaytambo, there you will cacth the train to Machu Picchu. Once finished to visit Machu Picchu, You will take the train to Ollantaytambo, there the staff of the train company will take the tourist bus and this bus will drop you off in the Av Sol (IncaRail) or Wanchaq train station (Perurail).


Machu Picchu train tickets


Private Transfer from Cusco - Ollanta - Cusco

Our driver will pick you up from your hotel and he will drop you off the train station and Once arrival to train station of Ollantaytambo. our driver will be waiting and transfer to the hotel.

Private transfer from Cusco to train station


Machu Picchu Mountain Tickets + Circuit 3 - Map


Machu Picchu mountain + 4 circuits map


What is Machu Picchu Mountain?

The Machu Picchu mountain is the alternative mountain of the Huayna picchu and this mountain is not popular, but the scenic trail is most beautiful. This mountain is ubicated in from of the Huayna Picchu and it is high mountain


Useful information:

  • Ascent time: Ascent between 1h 30m and 2h.
  • Summit altitude: 3,082 m.a.s.l.
  • Height in relation to Machu Picchu: 652 meters.
  • Terrain: Stone Inca Trail, with places of grass and earth.
  • Recommended footwear: lightweight hiking boots (never new)

Machu Picchu Mountain vs Machu Picchu ticket



Machu Picchu Mountain

Machu Picchu Citadel

Price: U$ 85 U$ 62
Visit Durations: 5 Hrs 4 Hrs
Level: Difficult Moderate
Altitude: 3200 m 2400 m
 Visiting hours Between 7:00 - 10:00 Between 7:00 -14:00
Shared tour: No Yes
Private tour: Yes Yes
Return to visit: Yes No
Circuit: 3 1 - 2
All entrance tkts: 400 2232
Best season: March to January All years


Machu Picchu ciurcuit 1 - Map


Huayna Picchu vs Machu Picchu Mountain tickets



Machu Picchu Mountain

Huayna Picchu Mountain

Price: U$ 85 U$ 85
Visit Durations: 5 Hrs 4 Hrs
Level: Difficult Difficult
Altitude: 3200 m 2693 m
 Visiting hours Between 7:00 - 10:00 Between 7:00 -11:00
Shared tour: No Yes
Private tour: Yes Yes
Return to visit: Yes No
Circuit: 3 4
All entrance tkts: 400 200
Best season: March to January March to December


Machu Picchu Mountain vs Huchuy Picchu



Machu Picchu Mountain

Huchuy Picchu Mountain

Price: U$ 85 U$ 62
Visit Durations: 5 Hrs 3 Hrs
Level: Difficult Moderate
Altitude: 3200 m 2497 m
 Visiting hours Between 7:00 - 14:00 Between 7:00 -11:00
Shared tour: No Yes
Private tour: Yes Yes
Return to visit: Yes No
Circuit: 3 4
All entrance tkts: 400 200
Best season: March to January March to December


Machu Picchu Mountain: Best trips for you!

The highlight of your visit to Peru is Machu Picchu Mountain. You will travel to Machu Picchu by train and then bus up to the site. After the visit to Machu Picchu, you can do other activities nearby like the walk to Mandor garden and waterfalls. If you want to see more of the Inca culture, you can visit the sacred valley of the Incas, the agricultural terraces of Moray and the salt mines of Maras with thousands of pools local people harvest salt from since Inca’s days

Machu Picchu: Top hikes to Machu Picchu

During your visit to Machu Picchu mountain, you can choose between a variety of treks. These range from a full-day excursion to Inca Trail tours through the Urubamba Valley of the Cusco region. The multi-day tours can be combined with climbing of Huayna Picchu, Machu Picchu or Huchuy Picchu mountains, but you can also walk along the Urubamba Riverside following the footsteps of the 4 day Inca Trail visiting archaeological sites such as Llactapata, Sacsaymarca, Phuyupatamarca, Wiñay Wayna and you can combine them with the Rainbow mountain tour. A trek through Andean villages with their inhabitants still practicing old traditions. If the 4 day Inca Trail is sold out, the best alternative hike is the Short Inca Trail, such as Salkantay Trek, Lares Trek, Inca Quarry or Inca Jungle Trek. There are no limits to your thirst for adventures around the Machu Picchu area!




Machu Picchu Mountain + Circuit 3
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Why choose the Machu Picchu Mountain + Circuit 3 option?

This combination corresponds to one of the 4 types of tickets that there are to enter Machu Picchu. If you want to see Machu Picchu from the top, this is your best alternative, Machu Picchu Mountain allows you to take a spectacular walk along its trails, which unlike Huayna Picchu, are wide and with a gentler slope, a route that can be made by all, and from which you can get the most spectacular panoramic views of the entire Machu Picchu Sanctuary, it is even possible to see the nearby snow-capped mountains.


In addition, the climb to the mountain is complemented with the route that you can take throughout the Inca city of Machu Picchu, with which you will have a complete and satisfactory visit to the sacred llacta of the Incas.


Why climb the Machu Picchu mountain?

The ticket Machu Picchu + Montaña, offers a hiking experience of less difficulty and risk, compared to the ascent to Huayna Picchu; It can be visited by entire families even with young children. On the tour you can enjoy amazing views of the Inca city of Machu Picchu, even before reaching the top, the tour will also allow you to see much of the exotic fauna and flora of Machu Picchu.


Machu Picchu Mountain


How to ascend the Machu Picchu mountain?

The path to the top of the Machupicchu mountain is made mainly of stone steps built by the Incas many years ago. These steps extend for approximately 2 kilometers.

It is not necessary to reach the top of the mountain to appreciate the geographical beauty of the place. Along the way there are some rest points with viewpoints from where you can already see the beautiful landscape of Machupicchu.

To get to the top, you must ascend the stairs at an appropriate pace for the visitor's physical condition. Depending on the rate at which you ascend, you can reach the top in 1 or 2 hours.


What is the mountain path like?

The route is longer than that of Huayna Picchu, its trails are wide and not so steep; Another advantage of touring this mountain is that it is not necessary to reach the top to obtain some of the impressive views it offers of the Inca city of Machu Picchu and the impressive environment where it is built.


How long will it take to travel the mountain?

It will take between 1 and ½ hours to ascend and about 1 hour to descend; although wanting to capture all the breathtaking views may take a little longer.

Is it safe to travel the Machu Picchu mountain?

Yes, it is very safe, and it can even be traveled with young children or elderly people, you just have to follow the signs of the trails and not stray too far.


When to tour the Machu Picchu mountain?

Although the dry season is the most recommended time to visit the Inca city, only you can choose what type of weather you want during your tour. Some of the advantages of touring the mountain in the rainy season are the fewer people and the surroundings of Machu Picchu, dyed in intense green; this is especially beautiful in Machu Picchu, where almost everything is green.


Machu Picchu Mountain Ticket


What to bring?

It is safer to do any hiking route in Machu Picchu and surroundings with the proper implementation, this greatly reduces the possibility of accidents, while walking the Inca trails; You will also need to bring: water in a reusable bottle, a camera and sun protection (hat, sunscreen and sunglasses); all this can be carried in a small backpack or handbag.


Who can ascend this mountain?

The fact of reaching the top of the mountain depends little on age and physical condition, it is more a matter of will. The Machu Picchu + Mountain ticket is aimed at people who could not reach one of the precious Huayna Picchu Tickets; for people who want an adventure without so many people and with the possibility of having moments alone (something really rare in Machu Picchu, and for people who want to have a hiking adventure with the family.

What is included in the Machu Picchu mountain + Circuit 3:
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It is possible to gain access to the Inca City and additionally ascend to the peak of Machu Picchu, which stands at an elevation of 3,082 meters above sea level. The hiking trail leading to this summit is less steep in comparison to the route through the Huayna Picchu, albeit longer in distance.

  • Entrance to the Inca city of Machu Picchu Circuit 3 (Long bass).
  • Entrance to the Machu Picchu mountain.

Not Included:
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If you want to have a private guide in Machu Picchu. We recommend to choose the option PRIVATE SERVICE. 

Recommendations for the Machu Picchu mountain tour
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Machu Picchu Mountain is accessible throughout the year. However, during the wet season, which spans from November to April, there is an increased likelihood of heavy rainfall, rendering the trail slippery and more arduous to navigate. The region maintains a sub-tropical ambiance throughout the year, with an average daily temperature of 18 °C (64 °F). The humidity levels during the dry season are approximately 40 – 45%, while during the wet season, they escalate to 60 – 65%.

  • Don't give in to the temptation to start exploring on your own, just follow the prompts. Finding a way on your own could be fatal, since most accidents in Machu Picchu occurred because those people crossed the security lines.
  • Acclimatize to the altitude before attempting this hike, the amount of oxygen in the air is less and you will surely notice the difference. It is recommended to acclimatize for 2 days in the City of Cusco or better yet, in the Sacred Valley of the Incas.
  • Take a lot of water with you (2 liters per person), also bring some snacks, since there are no facilities to buy them after entering Machu Picchu. Be respectful with the environment, if you decide to stop for a snack, return the garbage that you generate with you.
  • Wear hiking boots, cool and comfortable clothing; wear sunscreen, a sun hat, and sunglasses; the sun gets intense at this altitude. Make sure your camera has enough power and carry extra memory cards with you.

Frequently asked questions about the Machu Picchu Mountain Ticket
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1. What ticket do I need to ascend Machu Picchu mountain?

  • Remember that access to the Machu Picchu mountain is limited to 800 people each day, and to enter this mountain you will need to get availability of the Machu Picchu + Mountain ticket; and which must be booked a few weeks in advance, since although this ticket does not sell out very quickly, the ones that do sell out are train tickets, so immediately after booking your Machu Picchu + Mountain ticket, book your train tickets

2. How long before booking the Ticket Machu Picchu + Mountain?

This ticket is available most of the time; However, in high season (June to August), like all Machu Picchu tickets, it must be reserved in advance.


3. When to visit Machu Picchu Mountain?

It is advisable to visit the place in the dry season from May to October, when there are no pronounced rains, the landscape is tropical, there is sunlight, it is clear and the road is not slippery. For this hike you require a good pair of boots, rubber-tipped poles, hat, sunscreen, repellent, and plenty of water.


Health protocol to avoid covid-19 in Machu Picchu
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Although it has the Safe Travels seal, granted by the World Travel and Tourism Council, which certifies it as a safe destination, it is essential to comply with the measures required by the sanitary protocol for all visitors.

Sanitary protocol

  • The measures established by the sanitary protocol require that all visitors must wear a mask when entering and during their entire stay in the Inca citadel, as well as carry the affidavit of health in print or in digital format on their mobile phone.
  • This is followed by taking the body temperature of tourists. Those who present 38 ° C or more cannot enter the Inca citadel. If any symptoms associated with covid-19 are identified, the suspect will be isolated in the isolation area and the event will immediately be reported to the competent authority.
  • Before starting the tour, it is necessary to disinfect the footwear and personal equipment of the visitors, as well as hand hygiene.
  • During the tour of the citadel, tourists must maintain a minimum distance of 1.5 meters between each person. Food consumption is not allowed during the visit.
  • Visitors are prohibited from collecting or collecting archaeological or natural material, as well as touching the surfaces of the archaeological walls, as established in the "Regulation of sustainable use and tourist visit for the conservation of the citadel of Machu Picchu".

Schedule of entry

  • During the validity of the health emergency, the daily tourist visit schedule to Machu Picchu begins at 6:00 a.m. and ends at 5:00 p.m.
  • According to the Decentralized Directorate of Culture of Cusco, there are nine time ranges for the entry of visitors to the citadel of Machu Picchu, the first time range being from 06:00 to 07:00 hours and the last from 14:00 to 15 : 00 hours.
  • Visitors must board the bus that transfers from Machu Picchu Pueblo to the citadel with a maximum of 30 minutes prior to the time range that appears on their respective entrance tickets.

Tourist circuits

The circuits for the tourist visit in the Inca citadel are unidirectional and there are four defined circuits.

  • Short High Circuit. It implies the ascent to the lower or upper platform (general explanation area) of the so-called House of the Guardian to continue along the Main Portal, the Granitic Chaos sector (Quarries), the Plaza de los Temples, the set of Mirrors of Water and the exit by the Plaza del Pisonae.
  • Long High Circuit. It includes the ascent to the lower or upper platform (general explanation area) of the so-called House of the Guardian to continue along the Main Facade, the Granitic Chaos sector (Quarries), the Plaza de los Temples, Llamakancha, Sacred Rock, Eastern Qolqas and the exit is through the lower terrace.
  • Short Low Circuit. It includes the entrance through the Qolqas sector, terraces adjacent to the Dry Moat (general explanation area), Casa del Inca, Espejos de Agua complex and the exit through the Plaza del Pisonae.
  • Long Low Circuit. It implies the entrance through the Qolqas sector, terraces adjacent to the Dry Moat (general explanation area), Casa del Inca, Llamakancha, Sacred Rock, Eastern Qolqas and the exit is through the lower terrace.

From the reopening until further notice, the visiting hours to the Intihuatana and Templo del Cóndor complexes will not govern, while the Temple of the Sun complex will not be available for tourist visits.

Prohibitions in Machupicchu Mountain and Machupicchu Citadel
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During your visit to the Llaqta of Machupicchu the following is prohibited:
  • Carry backpacks, bags or bags larger than 40x35x20 cm (16x14x8 inches).
  • Enter with food and utensils.
  • Enter with any illegal substance or under its influence.
  • Enter with any type of alcoholic or alcoholic beverage.
  • Carry canes, umbrellas, umbrellas, portable seats, tripods, supports or extensions for cameras, cell phones or any other stabilization or extension element for filming and / or photography.
  • Enter with animals, with the exception of guide dogs.
  • Feed domestic and wild animals.
  • Enter with any type of sprays.
  • Make any type of graffiti.
  • Enter with any type of musical instrument, megaphone or speakers.
  • Make loud or annoying noises such as clapping, shouting, whistling or singing, among others.
  • Use virtual applications with cell phones or mobile devices in narrow arteries.
  • Enter with heels or hard-soled shoes.
  • Access with baby carriages.
  • Entering with sharp objects and / or weapons of any kind.
  • Enter with banners, posters, posters, clothing for advertising purposes, costumes, among other objects of this type. Take filming or photographs for advertising purposes.
  • Causing a riot, jumping, lying down, running, undressing or creating disorder.
  • Climb or lean on walls and / or structures. Touch, move or extract lithic elements.
  • Disturb, collect or extract flora or fauna.
  • Carry out activities that distort the sacred character of the Llaqta de Machupicchu; such as fashion shows, dances, social commitments, obscene acts contrary to morals and good customs or any type of activity that implies the impairment or deterioration of the monument, its natural environment and / or facilities.
  • Smoking, vaping or making any type of fire.
  • Throwing waste of any kind.
  • Not respecting the established circuits and routes.
  • Outpatient commerce in the monument and surrounding areas up to Puente Ruinas.
  • Perform overflights with paragliders, drones or any type of smaller ship.
  • Performing acts or entering with prohibited objects on this list will generate the immediate expulsion of the visitor without the right to reimbursement and the initiation of the corresponding legal actions. The park rangers of the Ministry of Culture and the agents of the National Police are the authority inside the monument.

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