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New Entry Regulations For Machu Picchu Start On July 1, 2017

In order to preserve Peru’s UNESCO World Heritage Site and one of the most visited destinations in the country, Peru’s Ministry of Culture has announced new entrance rules for visiting Machu Picchu that will come into force starting on July 1, 2017. These new rules have been implemented to control how visitors and guides access the site. The new regulations are:

  • The number of visitors will continue to be limited to 2,500 people per day, however, beginning July 1 the access to the citadel will be limited to either a morning or an afternoon shift.

Morning shift: From 06:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m.

Afternoon shift: From 12:00 p.m. to 05:30 p.m. (no entrance allowed after 04:30 p.m.)

  • The maximum length of stay in Machu Picchu is 4 hours from the time of entry into the citadel.
  • Visitors who wish to re-enter the citadel will need to buy a new ticket.
  • Visitors to Machu Picchu Citadel, Machu Picchu Mountain, and Wayna Picchu must be accompanied by an official tour guide. Groups will be limited to a maximum of 16 people.
  • Three circuits have been designed for tours inside the Machu Picchu Citadel in order to provide options to visitors that will vary in terms of their level of difficulty.

As the number of tickets per day is restricted, it is highly recommended that you plan your trip to Machu Picchu in advance and buy tickets as early as possible.

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