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Shifte entrance to Machu Picchu tours will be very different from January 1, 2019. The Machu Picchu new rules 2019, in addition to implementing 3 shifts of visiting hours, adds other measures that must take into account while touring the Inca explorers Machu Picchu; these are arranged in the "Regulation of Sustainable Use and Tourist Visit for the Conservation of the Llaqta de Machu Picchu", approved by the Ministry of Culture Cusco. 

Among them is established that, to enter Machu Picchu must be accompanied by a tour guide, in order to contribute to the conservation of world heritage. The groups per guide will be formed by a maximum of 16 people, and the re-entry to the monument is prohibited. On the other hand, the duration of the guided tour, which is currently around 1 hour, will be determined; this will help to decongest spaces, avoid clutter and protect the Inca llaqta (city); also so that there is greater fluidity in the visit. 


Machu Picchu New Rules 2019 


What are the available spaces and the hours of entry?

In total 5,940 people will be able to purchase Machu Picchu tickets 2019 every day. 


The Machu Picchu Ticket only allows entry into 3 schedules: 

  • First group: entry from 6 a.m at 9 a.m. 
  • Second group: entry from 9 a.m at 12 p.m. 
  • Third Group: entry from 12 p.m at 2 p.m.

The Machu Picchu Ticket + Huayna Picchu allows entry to the Inca City from 6 a.m. Capacity of 400 people per day, divided into two groups of 200 each: 

  • Group 1: entrance to Waynapicchu from 7 a.m. at 8 a.m. 
  • Group 2: entrance to Waynapicchu from 10 a.m. at 11 a.m. 

The Machu Picchu + Mountain Ticket allows access to Machu Picchu from 6 a.m. Capacity of 400 people per day, divided into two groups of 200 each: 

  • Group 1: entry to the mountain of 7 a.m. at 8 a.m. 
  • Group 2: entrance to the mountain from 9 a.m. at 10 a.m. 

The Machu Picchu Ticket + Museum allows access to the Museum Site at the following times: 

Income from Monday to Sunday from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. 




We recommend you to choose the schedule that is framed with a red box


How long can I stay in Machu Picchu?

While there is currently a loosely enforced time limit for tourist over the course of two daily shifts, the new Machu Picchu rules dictate that tourists will be strictly limited to four hours stays. Most visitors really don’t spend more than four hours exploring the archaeological site, on average. Officials need to exercise more control over the amount foot traffic at any given time to preserve the Inca sanctuary.

The maximum time to visit the Historic Sanctuary of Machu Picchu is 4 hours. Such measure will make the income to be made with more order; that is, we will say goodbye to the long queues and the eternal congestion in the access roads. Of course, the rule that requires tourists to be accompanied by an official guide and in groups of 20 people will not be modified. 

The Machu Picchu tickets government measure that will be established in 2019 was not only created to improve the order of entry and time of stay in the citadel. The authorities also seek to improve the experience of tourists, making only 2,500 people visit the archaeological site simultaneously.


Entry Timetable to Machu Picchu citadel

Shift   Maximium Stay   Maximium Exit Time
  6:00 a.m. to 7:00 a.m. 4 hours  10:00 a.m. to 11:00 a.m.  
First Group 7:00 a.m. to 8:00 a.m. 4 hours    11:00 a.m. to 12.00 a.m.  
8:00 a.m. to 9:00 a.m. 4 hours 12:00 p.m. to 1.00 p.m.
9:00 a.m. to 10:00 a.m. 4 hours 1:00 p.m. to 2:00 p.m.
Second Group   10:00 a.m. to 11:00 a.m.   4 hours 2:00 p.m. to 3:00 p.m.
11:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m. 4 hours 3:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m.

12:00 p.m. to 1:00 p.m. 4 hours 4:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m.
Third Group 1:00 p.m. to 2:00 p.m. 4:30 hours 5:30 p.m.
2:00 p.m to 3:00 p.m. 3:30 hours 5:30 p.m.


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Entry Timetable to Huayna Picchu Mountain


  Machu Picchu citadel entry  

Huayna Picchu Entry

  Maximium Time of   

Stay Mountain
  Maximium Time of   
Stay Citadel
6:00 a.m. to 7.00 a.m. From 6:00 a.m.  7:00 a.m. to 8:00 a.m. 4 hours 3 hours
7:00 a.m. to 8:00 a.m.  From 7:00 a.m. 7:00 a.m. to 8:00 a.m. 4 hours 3 hours
  10:30 a.m. to 11:30 a.m.   From 8:00 a.m.    10:30 a.m. to 11:30 a.m .  3 hours 3 hours


Entry Timetable to Machu Picchu Mountain


  Machu Picchu citadel entry  

Machu Picchu

Mountain Entry

  Maximium Time of   

Stay Mountain
  Maximium Time of   
Stay Citadel
6:00 a.m. to 7.00 a.m. From 6:00 a.m.  7:00 a.m. to 8:00 a.m. 5 hours 3 hours
7:00 a.m. to 8:00 a.m.  From 7:00 a.m. 7:00 a.m. to 8:00 a.m. 5 hours 3 hours
 8:00 a.m. to 9:00 a.m.   From 8:00 a.m.    9:00 a.m. to 10:00 a.m .  5 hours 3 hours


Cost of entrance to Machu Picchu 2019 

In 2019, the cost of tickets to the Historic Sanctuary of Machu Picchu will change according to the shifts. A differentiated rate will be created to promote visits in the afternoon. Most tourists visit Machu Picchu on the day, from 6 a.m. until 11 a.m. and precisely, the measures adopted by the Foreign Trade and Tourism Commission of Peru have the purpose of encouraging visits during the second and third hours. 

Moreover, tourists who buy their tickets in the second schedule (from 9 a.m at 12 p.m.), will have the entrance to the Manuel Chávez Ballón Museum free of charge. While those who buy their tickets for the third shedule (from 12 p.m at 2 p.m.), will have free entry to the Manuel Chávez Ballón Museum and the archaeological complex of Raqchi.


About the entrance to Machu Picchu

To enter Machu Picchu you must carry your entry ticket, your official identity document (passport in case of foreigners) and be accompanied by a tour guide. The staff of the National Archaeological Park of Machu Picchu (PANM) may require the ticket and / or identity document at any time during its journey. 

Valid documents to identify yourself within the Inca city if you are a foreigner, are your passport, immigration card or diplomatic identity card. In the case of citizens of the Andean Community (CAN) or Mercosur, the valid document to be identified is the original DNI in force. In case of being a student you must present your ISIC card (foreigners), or university card if you are Peruvian.  


Rules on admission with official tourist guide 

The official tourism guides in Machu Picchu not only make the visit pleasant and educational. They are also in charge of advising the visitor on the care they must have to preserve the Wonder of the World. These are the rules that regulate your service:  

  • The tour of the Inca Citadel of Machu Picchu with official tour guide is mandatory. 
  • The official tourist guide will have to accompany the tourists during the tour from the beginning to the end with any of the circuits fulfilling a minimum time of 2 hours and 30 minutes of visit. 
  • The groups must be composed of a maximum of 16 people, all accompanied by an official tour guide. 
  • Tourists who entered the Inca Citadel accompanied by a guide and who return to the Inca site the next shift or the next day, may do so without the tourist guide. They should only show the previous ticket and indicate the name of the guide that accompanied it. 
  • For people who travel through Huayna Picchu or the Machu Picchu mountain, the guide service is not mandatory. The Machu Picchu guided tours can be before or after the visit to the mountains. 

Prohibitions during your visit 

  • You can not enter with backpacks or bags of more than 40x35x20 cm. If you exceed this size, you will have to deposit it in the cloakroom. Nor can enter with food, with any illegal substance or under its effects, alcoholic beverages or in ethyl.  
  • You will not be able to enter with sprays (of any type), heels or shoes of hard plant; sharps and / or weapons; banners, posters and / or posters; among others.
  • You can not cause tumult or disorder during your visit; climb or lean on the walls and / or structures; touch, move or extract lithic elements; perform any type of graffiti; disturb or extract native flora or fauna and / or cultural elements. Also perform activities that distort the sacred character of Machu Picchu; get naked, lie down or run; make fire and / or throw waste of any kind; among others. 

Prohibited objects inside the Inca City 

If you wish to tour Machu Picchu without problems, we recommend you do not carry any of the following objects:  
  • Tripods, brackets or extensions for cameras or cell phones. It is not allowed to enter with 'selfie stick'. 
  • Backpacks, bags or bags that exceed 5 kilos of weight. 
  • Food or luggage. 
  • Illegal substances (drugs or their effects) 
  • Alcoholic beverages (or under its effects). 
  • Sprays or paints. 
  • Musical instruments, megaphones or speakers.
  • Heels with hard-plant shoes. 
  • Baby cars (it is preferable to carry a baby carrier). 
  • Sharp objects and / or weapons of any kind. 
  • Banners, posters and / or posters.
  • Clothing intended for advertising purposes.
  • Metal-tipped poles (older adults can carry a cane with a rubber tip). 
  • Plastics for single use, such as bags, straws and containers of technopor  

Prohibited behaviors in Machu Picchu 

  • Generate tumult, jump or cause disorder in the access and / or any point of the Inca City.
  • Climb or lean on the walls and / or structures. 
  • Do any type of activity that distorts the sacred character of Machu Picchu. 
  • Do obscene acts inappropriate in a public place and that attempt against morals and good manners such as undressing, disguising, lying down or running. 
  • Smoking or 'vaping' an electronic cigarette. 
  • Make flyovers in the airspace of the place with paragliders, drones or any type of smaller ship.  

Other prohibitions within Machu Picchu 

  • It is forbidden to leave the circuits or established routes.
  • Feed domestic or wild animals in the Inca city. 
  • Take illegal routes or any that avoid the established entry and control of Machu Picchu.
  • Make loud or annoying noises: clap, shout, whistle, sing. 
  • Perform any kind of fire or throw waste of any kind. 
  • Enhance filming or photographs for advertising purposes or in places of high risk. 

Rules in Huayna Picchu

Huayna Picchu is the mountain located north of the Inca City. The entrance is with the entrance Machu Picchu + Huayna Picchu. The rules and prohibitions are the following: 

  • The tourist must register their entry and exit at the checkpoint. Once at the top, the deadline to descend is at 1 p.m. 
  • In case the tourist wishes to visit the Temple of the Moon, the descent should be at 11.30 a.m. at most. 
  • The average time of ascent and descent to the Waynapicchu mountain is 3 hours. If you also visit the Grand Cavern or the Temple of the Moon, it takes 4 hours. 
  • Admission is allowed only to people over 12 years old. 
  • The visitor can not carry a backpack that exceeds 40 × 35 × 20 centimeters. 
  • The tourist must not leave the marked roads.
  • In Huayna Picchu the same prohibitions apply as in Machu Picchu. 

Rules in the Machu Picchu mountain 

The Machu Picchu mountain is the summit where the Inca City was built. The entrance is with the ticket Machu Picchu + Mountain. These are the rules that the tourist should follow:  

  • The average time of ascent and descent to Machu Picchu mountain is 4 hours. 
  • The tourist must register at his entry and exit at the checkpoint. Once at the top, the deadline to descend is at 1 p.m. The maximum return is at 3 p.m. 
  • Admission is allowed to people of all ages. 
  • The visitor must not leave the permitted paths. 
  • The parents are responsible for the care of the children.
  • In the mountain they apply the same prohibitions as in Machu Picchu. 

Machu Picchu New Rules 2019 - Inca Trail 

  • All visitors must be accompanied by a tour guide. 
  • The group must not exceed 16 visitors. 
  • A maximum of 500 people per day (including support staff) will be allowed to start the Inca Trail.
  • The carriers are not authorized to transport more than 14 kg.
  • The route will remain closed during the month of February of each year for its maintenance. 
  • Any Inca Trail book 2019 is through an authorized Travel Agency, who is responsible for acquiring entry tickets. 
  • The payment of income rights, are only made in the offices of collections of the INC, for no reason will be accepted the payment at the control points of entry to the Inca Trail. 
  • The permanence in the network of roads, may not exceed the deadline established for each route. 
  • The hygienic services are for public use and are duly marked, they can not be used to wash utensils or to sleep. 
  • The following items are not allowed into the Sanctuary:   
    • Firearms. 
    • Implements of hunting, fishing, machetes, knives of mount, etc. 
    • Traps to capture animals. 
    • Fossil fuels. 
    • Stimulants and drugs. 
    • Sound equipment or other noise generators.
    •  Domestic animals and exotic species. 
    • Peaks, shovels or other tools. 
    • Wooden canes of native species.  

What penalties are there for not complying with the rules in Machu Picchu? 

Failure to comply with the prohibitions in Machu Picchu will determine the expulsion of the visitor, without the right to refund the amount of the entrance ticket. Considering the gravity of the infraction, the authorities will initiate the corresponding legal actions.  

On some occasions, authorities may restrict entry to the visitor for life. Attempt against the integrity of other people, of the Wonder of the World are cases that are punished exemplary. Another case is to attack morals and good manners. 

Inside Machu Picchu there are high definition cameras and security guards. If necessary, they can intervene tourists who do not comply with the rules of the place. 


Our recommendations: 

  • Based on these changes, the best way to go to Machu Picchu is the short Inca Trail, because, on the one hand, this is the old way, it is a beautiful way to get to Puerta del Sol and Machu Picchu. On the other hand, people who walk the short Inca Trail can visit Machu Picchu twice. 
  • For people who go directly to Machu Picchu or with a combined tour, we recommend booking a second re-entry ticket to Machu Picchu to stay longer in the Inca citadel “this second re-entry can re-explore Machu Picchu and take advantage to go to the Inca Sun Gate, the Inca bridge or simply appreciate Machu Picchu from the Inca balcony” When it comes to crowds, the afternoon shift will be less busy than the morning one – particularly during the “low season” months. People will have to choose between attempting to see the sunrise at Machu Picchu or be in the presence of fewer individuals at the site.
  • We recommend hiring a guide. Sincerely, the one who makes Machu Picchu without a good guide, definitely only saw some very nice structures and a fantastic landscape ... but he did not know Machu Picchu nor the Inca culture

Frequently asked questions about the rules in Machu Picchu 

Can you take drones? 

Drones are prohibited inside Machu Picchu. However, you can use it in the city of Cusco, in the town of Aguas Calientes and in the Sacred Valley of the Incas. 


Can you bring pets? 

Pets are prohibited in the Inca City. There are hotels that take care of them in Cusco or Aguas Calientes. 


Can you take baby cars? 

The baby cars interrupt the free transit in the Inca City, which is why they are prohibited. Baby sitters are allowed. 


Can you take selfie sticks?

Selfie sticks are not allowed. These can cause inconvenience to other tourists who travel through Machu Picchu. 


Can you visit Machu Picchu without a guide? 

The tour in the company of a guide is mandatory in the Wonder of the World. At the entrance door there are guides offering their services.


Do you need a guide for the second time you enter Machu Picchu?

It is not necessary to do the tour accompanied by a guide if you already did the shift or previous day. To do this, you only have to show the previous ticket and indicate the name of the guide with whom you made the previous tour. 


Can I leave and re-enter Machu Picchu? 

Yes it is possible to leave and re-enter the Inca City. However, this is allowed only once. At the entrance door there are toilets available and a cafeteria. 


Where can I leave my things?

At the entrance to Machu Picchu there is a place where tourists can leave their things. If you are not allowed to visiting Machu Picchu with some prohibited objects, visitors can leave their belongings there. 


Can you carry tripods? 

Tripods are not allowed in Machu Picchu. This is because they interrupt free transit and can damage the floor of the Inca site. 


Can you bring food and water? 

You can not take single-use plastics, such as bags, straws, and technopor containers. Snacks are allowed as long as you keep the wrappers. Plastic water bottles are not allowed because they harm the environment. Water canteens are allowed. 


Can you smoke in the Inca City? 

Smoking is not allowed in Machu Picchu. A cigarette or electronic cigarette can damage the ecosystem of the Inca City. 


Is it necessary to enter with a guide in Huayna Picchu? 

Entry with a guide is not mandatory in Huayna Picchu. If the visitor wishes, he can be accompanied by one. However, the tour of the Inca City is necessarily guided.

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