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The A-Z of Machu Picchu Tickets

The A-Z of Machu Picchu Tickets

If visiting Cusco and Machu Picchu is one of your bucket list goals, there are a couple of things you have to know about the tickets required to enter this World Wonder. Here is all you need to know about your tickets to Machu Picchu.


The tickets to Machu Picchu are the official documents that give any visitor the right to enter and visit the archaeological site of Machu Picchu, one of the seven wonders of the World. These tickets are strictly regulated by the Ministry of Culture and are subject to availability. As of today, the Ministry of Culture only allows entrance to a total of 4,000 visitors per day to protect and conserve the sanctuary of Machu Picchu.

Tickets can be easily bought online, directly from the Ministry of Culture’s website. Please know that most tour operators already include the cost of the Machu Picchu tickets in their service costs. In order to enter Machu Picchu, you will need your ticket together with your passport with which you made your reservation.

As per ministerial resolution, it is not obligatory to enter Machu Picchu with a guide. However, it is greatly recommended in order to make the most of your visit to Machu Picchu.

It is highly recommended to purchase your entry permits to Machu Picchu well in advance due to strict regulations and limited availability. We recommend booking your Machu Picchu tickets at least 04 months in advance.


Now, it is important to note that there are 04 different types of tickets to Machu Picchu. All tickets include admission to the Inca archaeological site. However, depending on which ticket you purchase, you are also granted access to one of the 03 surrounding mountains by the Machu Picchu archaeological site. Here is a breakdown of the ticket types:

Machu Picchu only:

This ticket includes admission to the Inca sanctuary along one of the four established circuits. Circuit 2 is preferred by tourists because it includes the classic photo of Machu Picchu and also the tour of most of the sectors and temples of the citadel.


Machu Picchu + Wayna (Huayna) Picchu

This ticket includes admission to the Inca sanctuary along circuit 4. This means you will have access to the main sectors of Machu Picchu AND the additional hike to Wayna (Huayna) Picchu Mountain. The hike to Huayna Picchu Mountain is an additional 45 minutes of arduous hiking along narrow and steep inca steps to its summit at 2,693 m.a.s.l./ 8835 ft.a.s.l.


Machu Picchu + Montaña:

This ticket includes admission to the Inca sanctuary along circuit 3. This means you will have access to the main sectors of Machu Picchu AND the additional hike to Machu Picchu Mountain. The hike to Machu Picchu Mountain is an additional 1.5 hrs of arduous hiking along a narrow path to its summit at 3,082 m.a.s.l./ 10111 ft.a.s.l. This trail is less steep but longer than the trail up to Huayna Picchu Mountain.


Machu Picchu + Huchuy Picchu

This ticket includes admission to the Inca sanctuary along circuit 4 too. This means you will have access to the main sectors of Machu Picchu AND the additional hike to Huchuy Picchu Mountain. The hike to Huchuy Picchu Mountain was recently inaugurated. The hike is an 1 hr arduous hike to its summit at 2,497 m.a.s.l./ 8192 ft.a.s.l.



With the different types of permits available covered, let’s talk about the different entry times available. These entry times were recently determined by the peruvian government as a result of the pandemic. Authorities look to offer more organized visits to Machu Picchu and increase Covid-19 prevention.

Machu Picchu Citadel – only entry times:

Machu Picchu Citadel + Huayna Picchu Mountain entry times:

Machu Picchu Citadel + Montaña entry times:

Machu Picchu Citadel + Huchuy Picchu Mountain:


Visiting one of the Seven Wonders of the World comes with its restrictions. Here is a list of what is NOT allowed during your visit to Machu Picchu.

It is important to keep in mind that any infraction will result in the immediate expulsion from the sanctuary without refunds or re-entry opportunities.


As you know, Machu Picchu is surrounded by breathtaking mountain ranges. Oftentimes, travellers get confused between Machu Picchu (archaeological site), Huayna Picchu Mountain and Machu Picchu Mountain. Here is what you need to know.

Machu Picchu

This refers specifically to the citadel of Machu Picchu or archaeological site. Thus, when we talk about Machu Picchu, we are referring to the entire site with its different sectors, temples and visiting circuits.

Huayna Picchu Mountain

This is the mountain that serves as a backdrop to the classic postcard photo of Machu Picchu. Its peak reaches the 2,693 m.a.s.l., and the hike to its summit is along steep, narrow paths. Climbing Huayna Picchu Mountain offers one of the best panoramic views of the citadel. It also grants access to several additional archaeological ruins, including the temple of the Moon, crowned by the jungle flora and fauna of the place.

The hike to Huayna Picchu Mountain takes approximately 45 minutes and is recommended to adventure seekers not afraid of heights or suffering from vertigo.

Machu Picchu Mountain

Machu Picchu mountain offers totally different views of Machu Picchu and Huayna Picchu mountain. Its peak reaches 3,082 m.a.s.l., and the path to the top is less demanding than that of Huayna Picchu Mountain. This path is wider and can be done by anyone. Although you should be careful with altitude sickness.

Although the citadel can be seen from a greater distance, at this summit you have the possibility of admiring the Sacred City, Huayna Picchu and the entire mountain range surrounding Machu Picchu. It should be noted that the Machu Picchu Mountain does not have archaeological remains, but it has a great diversity of flora and fauna.

The entry tickets to either Huayna Picchu Mountain and Machu Picchu Mountain are subject to availability. Daily, only a total of 400 and 800 travellers are allowed to these hikes respectively. Huayna Picchu tickets sell faster than Machu Picchu Mountain and should be book at least 4 months in advance. The best time to hike either hike is during dry season, to avoid slippery paths and clouded views.

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