The Ministry of Culture has decreed that as of July 1st, 2017, the entry to the Machu Picchu citadel will now be split into two separate time shifts:
Morning Shift: 06:00-12:00
Afternoon Shift: 12:00-17:30
It has been agreed that the time spent in the citadel of Machu Picchu will be held to a maximum of 4 hours from the hour of entry. Huayna Picchu and Machu Picchu Mountain will remain the same as they are; they have not been modified.
The implementation of this new regulation will go through a 4-month transition period, during which authorities will act accordingly with discretionary flexibility until gradually enforcing the totality of the new ruling.
Today 70% of daily visitors stay between 06:00 to 10:00, while only 11% visit during 12:00 to 16:30. The adjustments will ensure a better flow and experience for tourist visits and ultimately greater conservation of the Incan ruins.
The new tickets sales commenced on May 29, 2017.
AWR Notes on this new decree:
- For group guided tours, they will now all have to be during the morning
- Guided visits in the afternoon must be done on a private basis
- If guests want to stay for part of the afternoon, they need to buy another entrance ticket. However, it IS permitted to do a guided tour in the morning and then climb Huayna Picchu or hike to IntiPunku, and run over the “noon deadline” for the time being.
- We are highly encouraging our travelers to extend their Machu Picchu visit to two days now so that they have one day to get there and have the second day with a full morning at Machu Picchu
- Should passengers want to do a 1-day visit of Machu Picchu from Cusco, they will have to depart Cusco between 6:30AM-7:30AM (depending on the train line they prefer) to arrive in time for the noon afternoon shift start
- Passengers wishing to visit Machu Picchu in the morning MUST spend the night in Aguas Calientes the night before
- Inca Trail Trek schedules are not affected
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Your friendly Peru experts,
Gretchen and Barb