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New Rules For Machu Picchu Visit in 2024

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New Rules For Machu Picchu Visit in 2024

The entrance ticket to Machu Picchu is used differently since 2021. The Machu Picchu new visiting rules for 2024 in addition to introducing 5 different circuits to visit the Inca site, the park administration has taken measures to facilitate the visit through the four different circuits. 


These five different circuits enable to the preservation and sustainability of the UNESCO WORLD HERITAGE. They are regulated by 'regulation on sustainable use and tourists visits for the conservation of Llacta Machu Picchu'.


Machu Picchu tickets for 2024 can be booked online on the Ministry of Culture website or we can help you book them. According to the Ministry of Culture website for booking, there are only 4,500 tickets available for Machu Picchu. These tickets are distributed between Inca trail tours, Machu Picchu citadel, Huchuy Picchu, Huaynapicchu and Mountain, therefore you'd better book it in advance.




Machu Picchu Citadel  2950 Tickets
Huayna Picchu Mountain  200 Tickets
Machu Picchu Mountain  400 Tickets
Huchuy Picchu Mountain  200 Tickets
Inca Trail 500 Tickets
Short Inca Trail 250 Tickets
Total: 4500 Tickets


Furthermore, it Is stipulated by regulation that all tourists must be led by a tour guide in order to preserve the world heritage. Tourist groups are made up of a maximum of 10 people per guide. Reentry to the site is prohibited. The guided tour duration was set in 2 hours in order to free room for more groups, avoid crowds and especially protect the Inca town of Machu Picchu or "llaqta" (city).




Machu Picchu New Rules 2024


One of the most significant changes given by the "Regulation on Sustainable Use and Tourist Visits for the Conservation of Llaqta of Machu Picchu" is that from 15 October 2021, re-entry into Machu Picchu Citadel has not been allowed!


Please pay special attention to this information because we would like to warn you that there are no toilets in the historic area, the last ones are in front of the gateway! If you have to leave due to this inconvenience, you will not be able to return! You need to take precautions.


We also share other rules that you should consider during your visit:

Machu Picchu rules


10 Important Rules to Follow When Visiting Machu Picchu


1. Preserve the Past:

Machu Picchu has stood the test of time, but it requires our help to continue sharing its magnificence with future generations. We recommend you stay on designated paths, refrain from touching the structures, and avoid leaning against walls to prevent unnecessary wear and tear.


2. Follow the Designated Circuits:

To manage the flow of visitors and minimize impact, Machu Picchu now offers five distinct circuits. Choose your route wisely and respect the indicated pathways.


3. Respect the Environment:

Inca Trail Machu Sustainble Operator suggest to Immerse yourself in the stunning natural surroundings, but remember to leave no trace. Carry out all waste, including wrappers and containers, and dispose of them responsibly. Help safeguard the delicate balance between heritage and nature.

"Say No to Plastic at Machu Picchu!"


Water Bottle Choice: Instead of bringing plastic bottles, we recommend opting for a reusable water bottle or canteen. This small change contributes to reducing plastic waste and supports sustainability efforts.

Hiking Poles Consideration: If you find hiking poles unnecessary, it's best not to bring them. Please note that carrying hiking poles is prohibited. However, if you have a specific need due to a leg issue, we advise you to contact the Ministry of Culture to request a special permission.


Rain Season Preparedness: During the rainy season, skip the plastic poncho. A rain jacket is a more eco-friendly choice and will keep you dry while exploring the wonders of Machu Picchu.


4. Photography Etiquette:

Capture the magic of Machu Picchu through your lens, but do so with mindfulness. Avoid using tripods or selfie sticks in crowded areas, as they can obstruct pathways. And while it's tempting to take selfies, ensure your safety by not compromising on rules or your fellow visitors' experience.


5. Silence Speaks Volumes:

As you traverse the pathways, remember that Machu Picchu is a place of reverence and contemplation. Keep conversations at a considerate volume and embrace the serenity that envelopes this ancient city.


6. Guided Insights:

Engage with experienced guides to unlock the fascinating stories that lie within Machu Picchu's walls. Their insights shed light on the site's historical, architectural, and cultural significance, enhancing your connection with its past.


7. Stepping Beyond the Gates:

Respect the boundaries that separate visitors from certain areas. Avoid venturing into off-limit zones, as they're cordoned off to ensure both your safety and the preservation of the site.


8. Leave No Trace:

Preservation begins with each visitor. Refrain from leaving any marks, such as graffiti or etchings, on the stones. Let your memory of Machu Picchu remain intact without altering its physicality.


9. Waste Management:

Dispose of waste thoughtfully by utilizing the provided trash receptacles. Minimize the impact of your visit by embracing the 'pack-in, pack-out' principle, ensuring the citadel remains as pristine as it was meant to be.


10. Attire and Cultural Sensitivity:

Dress modestly to honor the sacredness of the site, especially if you plan to enter temples or spiritual areas. If interacting with locals, it's polite to ask for permission before taking photos to ensure cultural sensitivity.


Machu Picchu's allure lies not just in its extraordinary architecture but also in its ability to evoke a sense of wonder and respect for history. By adhering to these rules, you contribute to the site's preservation.


Machu Picchu New Entry Schedule 2024

Machu Picchu circuits maps

What Are the Available Spaces and Hours of Entry?

In total, 4500 visitors are allowed to purchase Machu Picchu tickets for 2024 every day. 


a) "Machu Picchu Ticket + Circuit 1 or 2" only enables entry in these 3-time slots (also called "shifts" below): 

  • First time slot: entry from 6 am to 8 am. 
  • Second time slot: entry from 9 am to 11 am. 
  • Third time slot: entry from 12 pm to 2 pm.

Circuit 1 involves the all Inca citadel - you can visit from 06:00 am to 09:00 am

Circuit 2 involves the Inca citadel without the Intihutana stone, the Temple of Three Windows, and the temple of the condor.- you can visit from 10:00 am to 2:00 pm


You can explore the principal attractions of the lost city of the Incas. There are 2500 spots available every day 


b) "Huayna Picchu Ticket + Circuit 4" allows entry to the Inca city from 6 am. The total daily capacity of 400 people is divided into two groups (200 persons each): 

  • Group 1: entrance to Huayna Picchu from 6 am to 7 am.
  • Group 2: entrance to Huayna Picchu from 7 am to 8 am.
  • Group 3: entrance to Huayna Picchu from 9:00 am to 10:00 am
  • Group 4: entrance to Huayna Picchu from 10:00 pm to 11:00 pm 


c) "Machu Picchu Mountain Ticket + Circuit 3" enables access to Machu Picchu from 6 am. The total daily capacity is of 400 people is divided into two groups (400 persons each): 

  • Group 1: entry to Machu Picchu Mountain from 6 am to 7 am. 
  • Group 2: entrance to Machu Picchu Mountain from 8 am to 9 am. 

The visitors can re-enter the Llaqta to explore circuit 3.


d) "Huchuy Picchu Mountain Tickets + Circuit 4" enables access to Huchuy Picchu mountain from 6 am and these tickets are distributed 9 schedules. The total daily capacity is of 200 people is divided into two groups (200 persons each):

  • Group 1: entry to Huchuy Picchu Mountain from 6 am to 7 am. 
  • Group 2: entrance to Huchuy Picchu Mountain from 2 pm to 3 pm. 


e) "Machu Picchu Museum Ticket" allows access to the Site Museum at the following times: 

Entrance: Monday to Sunday from 9 am to 5 pm. 


We recommend you choose a schedule that is framed in red.


How Long Can I Stay at Machu Picchu?

While there is currently a free time limit for tourists during two daily time slots (shifts), the new Machu Picchu rules determine that tourists are strictly limited to four-hour stays. Indeed, most visitors do not take more than four hours on average to explore this archaeological complex. Officials must exercise greater control over the amount of traffic at any given time to maintain the Inca sanctuary.


Machu Picchu Tickets 2024



The maximum time to visit the Historic Sanctuary of Machu Picchu is 4 hours! Such a measure allows the entry to be made with a greater order; that is, we say goodbye to long queues and perpetual congestion of access roads.


Machu Picchu 2024 Ticket Prices: 

Since 2024, the price of tickets to the Historic Sanctuary of Machu Picchu has changed according to time slots (shifts). There are a few specifics: Tourists, who buy tickets in the second time slot (shift) (9 am to 12 pm), have free entry to the Manuel Chávez Ballón Site Museum (below referred to as "Museum"). While those, who purchase tickets for the third time slot (12 pm to 2 pm), have free admission to the Manuel Chávez Ballón Site Museum (below referred to as "Museum") and the Raqchi Archaeological Complex (outside of Machu Picchu and Cusco).


Machu Picchu 2024 Ticket Prices Adult Student Child
Machu Picchu Only

USD 62

USD 31 USD 23
Huayna Picchu Ticket + Circuit 4 USD 80 USD 40 USD 37
Machu Picchu Mountain Ticket + Circuit 3 USD 80 USD 40 USD 37
Huchuy Picchu Mountain Ticket + Circuit 4 USD 62 USD 31 USD 23
Machu Picchu Ticket + Museum USD 7 USD 4 USD 3


Machu Picchu Entry Conditions

To enter Machu Picchu, you must hold an entry ticket, an official ID*, and be accompanied by a Tour Guide. Machu Picchu staff may request your ticket and/or ID at any time during your stay here.


* If you are a foreigner, a valid identity card is your passport, immigration card, or diplomatic identity card. In the case of the Andean Community (CAN) or Mercosur citizens, the identification document is a valid DNI.
If you are a foreign student, you must present a valid ISIC card. If you are a Peruvian student, present your university card.


Machu Picchu New Circuits

New circuits have been established through the "Regulation of Sustainable Use and Tourist Visits for the Conservation of Llaqta of Machu Picchu". According to the regulation, circuits must be followed and respected by every visitor to the Machu Picchu Sanctuary.


Inca Trail + Machu Picchu New Rules 2024 

  • All visitors must be accompanied by a Tour Guide. 
  • A group must not exceed 16 visitors. 
  • A maximum of 500 people per day (including supporting staff) is allowed to start an Inca Trail.
  • Porters are not authorized to carry more than 14 kg.
  • The route remains closed during the month of every February for its maintenance. 
  • An Inca Trail Booking 2024 can be through an authorized travel agency/tour operator that is responsible for an entry ticket purchase. 
  • Admission of an Inca Trail permit can only be made at the Ministry of Culture's box office. No payment and for any reason will be accepted at the entrance and checkpoints of the Inca Trail!!
  • Staying in the trail network must not exceed the deadline set for each route. 
  • Lavatories (bathrooms) are intended for public use and are properly marked. They cannot be used for washing dishes or sleeping! 


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The following items are not allowed into the Sanctuary:

  • Firearms; 
  • Implements for hunting, fishing, machetes, knives, etc.; 
  • Traps to capture animals; 
  • Fossil fuels; 
  • Stimulants and narcotics; 
  • Sound equipment or other noise generators;
  • Domestic animals and exotic species; 
  • Peaks, shovels, or other tools;
  • Wooden canes of native species.  


What Are the Fines for Not Following the Machu Picchu Rules? 

Failure to comply with the prohibitions at Machu Picchu will result in the exclusion of the visitor without the right to a refund of the ticket. Given the gravity of the infringement, the competent authorities shall take appropriate legal action. In some cases, the authorities may restrict the visitor's entry for life. Attempts against the integrity of other people, and/or the Wonder of the World, are cases that are exemplary punished!! Another case is an attack on morality and decent behavior.


Inside Machu Picchu, there are high-definition video cameras and security guards! If necessary, they can take action against a tourist who does not respect local rules!


Our Recommendations: 

  • Based on these changes, the best way to go to Machu Picchu is the Short Inca Trail because it is both a historical path and a beautiful way to reach the Sun Gate and Machu Picchu. On the other hand, participants who walk the Short Inca Trail can visit Machu Picchu twice!
  • For visitors who go directly to Machu Picchu or have a combined tour (ie with Huayna Picchu, Machu Picchu Mountain, or the Museum), we suggest booking a second Machu Picchu ticket, either on the same day or the next day, so that they can stay longer in the Inca citadel. During this second entrance, they can explore Machu Picchu again and take advantage of visiting the Inca Sun Gate, the Inca Bridge, or simply enjoy the great atmosphere from the Inca balcony. As for the crowds, the afternoon time slots (shifts) will be less busy than the morning - especially during the "off-season" months. Otherwise, visitors will have to choose whether to try to see the sunrise over Machu Picchu or be in the presence of fewer individuals.
  • Employing a Tour Guide is an obligation now given by the new rules. Inca Trail Machu guides are university educated with a degree in tourism. They are bilingual and knowledgeable. 
  • When hiking Huayna Picchu or Machu Picchu Mountain, the tourist must register their entry and exit at the checkpoint. Once at the top, the deadline to descend is at 1 pm. 
  • In case the tourist wishes to visit the Temple of the Moon, located at Huayna Picchu, the descent should start no later than 11:30 am. 
  • The average time of ascent (around 45 minutes), descent, and time spent at the mountain of Huayna Picchu is 3 hours. If you also visit the Grand Cavern and the Temple of the Moon, it takes 4 hours
  • The average time of ascent (1 hour, 30 minutes), descent (1 hour), and time spent at the Machu Picchu Mountain is 4 hours
  • While hiking Machu Picchu Mountain or Huayna Picchu, a visitor must not leave the permitted paths.



New Machu Picchu Rules - FAQ 

How many people visit Machu Picchu each year?

There are over 1.5 million Machu Picchu visitors per year! It means an average of around 2,500 per day. In past, it used to be much more! For that reason, the Peruvian government had to limit the number to protect the site for the next generations.


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 the Sacred Valley of the Incas. 


Can I Use Hiking Poles Inside Machu Picchu?

No, you cannot enter the Inca citadel with hiking poles (walking sticks)! The use of walking sticks is allowed only for the elderly or disabled people, while a walking stick must end with a rubber tip!


Can You Bring Pets? 

Pets are prohibited in this historic sanctuary! Sorry! But some hotels take care of them in Cusco or Aguas Calientes. 


Is It Possible to Use a Baby Carriage? 

Baby carriages disrupt the smooth movement in the Inca city and are therefore prohibited. However, baby carriers (kangaroo-style) are allowed.


Can I Bring a Selfie Stick?

No, selfie sticks are not allowed! It is because it might cause an inconvenience to other Machu Picchu visitours. 


Is Machu Picchu Visiting Possible without a Guide?

It is mandatory to enter the Wonder of the World with a Tour Guide! If you do not have any, guides are offering their services at the gateway.


Do I Need to Employ a Guide When Entering Machu Picchu for the 2nd Time?

It is not necessary to do the tour accompanied by a guide if you already did it on the previous day. To do this, you only must show the previous ticket and state the name of the guide with whom you made the tour. 


Is It Necessary to Enter Huayna Picchu with a Guide? 

Guided entry to Huayna Picchu is not mandatory. However, if the visitor wishes, a guide may accompany him/her. However, a visit to the Inca city is necessarily guided.


Can I Leave and Re-enter Machu Picchu? 

No, as mentioned above, under the new rules, it is not possible to leave and re-enter the Inca citadel. Only one entry is allowed! Therefore, we advise visiting the cafe and lavatories (bathrooms) in front of the gateway before starting a tour.


Where Can I Leave My Baggage?

At the Machu Picchu gateway, there is a place where tourists can leave their things. If anybody is not allowed to visit Machu Picchu because of some prohibited objects, they can leave their belongings there.


Can You Carry Tripods? 

Tripods are not allowed in the Inca city! The reason is that they disrupt free movement and could damage the subsoil of the Inca site. 


Is It Allowed to Bring Some Food and Water? 

One cannot take disposable plastics such as bags, straws, and polystyrene foam containers. Plastic water bottles are not allowed since they are harmful to the environment. Water canteens are fine. Snacks are normally allowed if kept in original packaging; however, eating and drinking at the historic citadel is temporarily prohibited due to Covid-19 restrictions! 


Can You Smoke in the Inca Citadel? 

No way!! Smoking is not allowed on Machu Picchu, as a regular or electronic cigarette can damage the Inca city ecosystem!


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