With so many of us traveling in today’s world, it’s more important than ever to preserve and protect ancient sites like Peru’s 15th-century Machu Picchu. We’re sharing all the latest information about the Peruvian government’s updated rules so that you can visit Machu Picchu with confidence and abide by the new schedule.
New Machu Picchu Schedule
Peru’s Ministry of Culture has established a schedule for visitors to the Machu Picchu Historic Sanctuary, which will include nine entry times at one hour intervals starting at 6:00 am and ending at 3:00 pm, with a closing of 5:30 pm. You must arrive at the time stated on your ticket.
How Long Can You Stay?
Once you enter the UNESCO-listed Machu Picchu Historic Sanctuary, you will have three hours to explore per day. If you come in on the last entry, you will be given extra time.
Which Sites Are Affected?
These new entry times affect the entire Citadel of Machu Picchu. Additionally, there are even stricter visiting times for three emblematic areas within the complex: the Temple of the Sun, the Temple of the Condor (a large stone carved to resemble a massive Andean bird with stretched wings), and the Pyramid of Intihuatana. In order to limit the foot traffic around these sites, visitors can now only access the Pyramid of Intihuatana between 7:00 am and 10:00 am, the Temple of the Condor from 10:00 am to 1:00 pm, and the Temple of the Sun from 1:00 pm to 4:00 pm.
Who Should Go?
There are three circuits available to see Machu Picchu. Circuit one takes about three hours and is a good choice for travelers who don’t mind a little extra walking and want the full experience. Families or older travelers wanting a slightly shorter visit with less exertion can go on circuit two, while circuit three is appropriate for those with mobility issues.
Why You Should See Machu Picchu
The new regulations for visiting Machu Picchu will help preserve the stunning complex for many generations to come. When American historian Hiram Bingham first laid eyes on this ancient site in 1911, he said, “It fairly took my breath away.” Even now, this is exactly how you will feel when you trek to this Inca city sitting high among the rainforests of the Andes. Puffy white clouds hover like angels above the stone structures that were built by the ancient Incas. It’s a view you’ll want to help preserve.
The Ker & Downey Difference
Since Machu Picchu can only be accessed with a guide on the first visit, it is important that you see this historic site with Ker & Downey. We can obtain stress-free access and navigate the particulars to give you the fullest experience at this ancient and celebrated site.
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