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Machu Picchu Guide: 2019

Machu Picchu Guide 2019 – December 2018 Update 

The Peruvian Government is constantly seeking to maintain Machu Picchu’s sustainability and to improve visitors on-site experience. New regulations regarding Machu Picchu have recently been made official by the Peruvian Government. The new regulations are the following: New entry times and new guide regulation. Click the following link to view the complete Machu Picchu Guide 2019 – December 2018 Update post. 

Past information:

On July 2017, new regulations made by the Culture Ministry were approved with two goals in mind. The first goal is to preserve and maintain the ruins, paths and the whole Machu Picchu Citadel. The second goal is to make Machu Picchu a sustainable tourist attraction. In accordance with this, we have prepared this Machu Picchu Guide (2019 edition) to highlight the following “must-know” new regulations before planning your visit to the Inca Citadel.

New Admission Times?
Visitors can enter Machu Picchu during one of the following time slots:
Morning Time Slot: 6am-12pm
Afternoon Time Slot: 12pm – 5:30pm

Machu Picchu with or without a guide?
New regulations make it mandatory for visitors to enter and go through the chosen circuit with a certified guide. Since this is a very frequent question, we aren’t going to go in-depth in this Machu Picchu Guide, but have prepared this post where we give share more information on this topic.

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Maximum Time Visiting Machu Picchu?
Visitors may spend a maximum of 4 hours at Machu Picchu. For example, If you enter Machu Picchu at 11am, then your visit should end at 3pm, at maximum. Visitors who wish to stay more than these 4 hours, should purchase two tickets (morning and afternoon time slots). This will give them the possibility to stay all day in the site.

Please take into consideration that booking the additional hikes to Huayna Picchu and to Machu Picchu Mountain will give you more time (more than 4 hours) to visit the attractions. If you have booked Huayna Picchu, then you’ll have the possibility to visit Machu Picchu in a maximum of 6 hours. This time includes both Huayna Picchu and Machu Picchu. In the case of booking the additional Machu Picchu Mountain, you’ll have 7 hours to visit both attractions.

New Walking Circuits?
Another sort of recent new regulation has determined specific walking routes.

The first circuit begins at the main entrance and runs through the upper part of the citadel. Visitors will be able to go to the Guards Hut, the Temple of Three Windows, water fountains that still work, and more impressive structures.

The other circuit visitors can choose, runs through the lower part of the Inca City. This part is commonly called the “urban” area of the citadel. On the way, you’ll be able to amaze with the Three Doorways and the delicate artisan works of the Royal Enclosures.

The final route visitors can take will either take them to the emblematic Sun Gate (Inti Punku) or to the iconic Inca Bridge. If you take the circuit to the bridge, you’ll find yourself at the base of the Machu Picchu Mountain. Please remember that there is an additional ticket to be purchased if you wish to hike up the Machu Picchu Mountain (as is the case if you want to book the Huayna Picchu tickets).

Additional attractions?
Huayna Picchu
Huayna Picchu is one of the highlights of going to Machu Picchu. Additional tickets need to be purchased in advance. We won’t go in-depth about this topic in this Machu Picchu Guide, but we have prepared this post where we share more details about this recommended activity (not for the faint of heart, but truly recommended).

Machu Picchu Mountain Hike
Please don’t confuse the Machu Picchu Mountain Hike with Machu Picchu. When we talk about Machu Picchu, we are referring to the emblematic Inca Citadel. When we talk about the Machu Picchu Mountain Hike, we are referring to the hike up the mountain. One could say that it has the similar effect of the Huayna Picchu Hike, but without so much vertigo in the process. This mountain hike will give you the possibility to see the Inca Citadel and Huayna Picchu from above.

How to Tour Machu Picchu

One of the first questions you might ask yourself when you start thinking on Machu Picchu as a destination is how to tour Machu Picchu. We understand that during this initial stage, you’ll want to have a broad idea about what the adventure will look like.

We have prepared a great post regarding this topic. Please clic this link to view the complete post.

Machu Picchu: With or Without a Guide?

“Although your Machu Picchu Guide will have to follow the circuit as indicated by the official routes, we recommend booking private or 6 people maximum sized groups.”

We have prepared a great post regarding this topic. Please clic this link to view the complete post.

Machu Picchu Packing List: PDF File

We have prepared a downloadable pdf file with the recommended packing essentials for your trip to Machu Picchu. Please clic this link to view the complete post.

Machu Picchu Hike Tours

Learn about the different hiking options around Cusco and alternative treks that lead to Machu Picchu. Please clic this link to view the complete post.

Train to Machu Picchu

We have prepared a post where we explain how to get by train to Machu Picchu. Also, we’ll tell you about the Hiram Bingham train, and ticket prices. Please clic this link to view the complete post.

20 Things You Should Know Before Going on a Machu Picchu Tour

Going on a Machu Picchu Tour is an adventure of a lifetime. This is a list of 20 things to know before going to Machu Picchu.” Please clic this link to view the complete post.

Best ways to get to Machu Picchu

We have prepared an awesome infographic that summarizes the best ways to get to the Inca Citadel. Please clic this link to view the complete post.

Pisac: Ruins and Terraces at the Sacred Valley of Urubamba

On your way to Machu Picchu, you’ll be able to visit the Pisac Ruins and Market. We have prepared a great video of the ruins and terraces. Please clic this link to view the video.

Machu Picchu: Huayna Picchu Hike

Although the hike up is very steep and has sections of narrow steps, the sense of accomplishment when arriving to the mountain top is one of a kind. Please clic this link to view the complete post.

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Inca Trail to Machu Picchu

Express Inca Trail Tour. Day 1: Hike to Machu Picchu through the Sun Gate. Day 2: Machu Picchu visit and return to Cusco or Urubamba.

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Inca Trail to Machu Picchu

Hiking the Inca Trail to Machu Picchu is a journey of a lifetime. Included: 3 nights camping with Chef Designed meals and extra large comfortable tents.

Peru Tourism related links

  • PromPeru – Peru Export and Tourism Promotion Board
  • MTC – Ministry of Transport and Communications (Peru)
  • Mincetur – Ministry of Tourism and Exports
  • Mincetur Tourism – Tourism Area of the Mincetur

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