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MACHU PICCHU TICKET

Machu Picchu Tickets: Updated Information

Welcome to Cusco Transport & Tour, your trusted agency to discover the wonder of the world, Machu Picchu. On this page, you will find updated information about Machu Picchu tickets, the different types of tickets available, and the booking process. Our goal is to provide you with a unique and memorable experience during your visit to this archaeological gem.

Ticket Acquisition

Tickets for Machu Picchu can be obtained in two main ways:

  1. Online Purchase: It is recommended to acquire tickets in advance through the official website tuboleto.cultura.pe or authorized travel agencies. This ensures that you secure your ticket and avoid potential availability issues at the time of your visit.

  2. In-person Purchase: If you prefer to buy tickets in person, you can do so at the office of the Dirección Desconcentrada de Cultura in Cusco or at the Cultural Center of Machu Picchu Pueblo (Aguas Calientes). However, be aware that tickets may sell out quickly, especially during the high season.

Available Routes

Ingress Tickets to Machu Picchu

Citadel Llaqta of Machu Picchu

The entrance to the Machu Picchu citadel allows access to the Inca city of Machu Picchu through Circuits 1, 2, 3, and 4. You can have access to all or only some of the circuits depending on the entry time that the park administration restricts. Here is information about each circuit:

  • Circuit 1: Allows you to capture the iconic photo of Machu Picchu from the Guardian’s House and includes entry to Machupicchu Solo and Machupicchu with Inca Bridge.
  • Circuit 2: Considered the best, it offers a comprehensive tour of the constructions of the Inca citadel, with the classic view from the upper terraces.
  • Circuit 3: Allows access to the alternative route of Machu Picchu Mountain and enables re-entry to the complex.
  • Circuit 4: Facilitates the exploration of the nuclear zone of Machu Picchu, with the Inca House, the Temple of the Sun, the Water Mirrors, the agricultural area, and the Sacred Rock.

Circuit 4 + Waynapicchu Mountain

If you wish to visit Waynapicchu Mountain in Machu Picchu, you can choose this option. This ticket allows you to ascend Waynapicchu Mountain and also explore only Circuit 4 of the Machu Picchu citadel.

Waynapicchu Mountain is a popular peak located within the archaeological site of Machu Picchu and is the highest mountain that appears in the background of classic Machu Picchu photos. It offers breathtaking panoramic views of the citadel and the surrounding mountains. The hike to the summit of Waynapicchu Mountain is challenging but rewarding, providing a unique perspective of Machu Picchu.

Circuit 4 allows you to visit the nuclear zone at the bottom of Machu Picchu. It includes the Inka House, the Temple of the Sun, the Water Mirrors, the agricultural area, the Sacred Rock, and other important Inca structures.

Machu Picchu Mountain + Circuit 3

The ticket that includes Machu Picchu Mountain and Circuit 3 allows exploration of the nuclear zone of Machu Picchu, corresponding to the lower part of the citadel. This circuit provides the opportunity to visit notable Inca constructions, such as the Inca House, the Temple of the Three Windows, and the Sacred Plaza, among others.

Additionally, this tour has an approximate duration of 7 hours and is especially recommended for those seeking a demanding hike and have an interest in exploring the lower area of Machu Picchu.

Circuit 4 + Huchuypicchu Mountain

The ticket covering Huchuypicchu Mountain and Circuit 4 allows exploration of the lower part of the Machu Picchu citadel, where prominent Inca constructions such as the Sacred Rock, the Temple of the Condor, the Temple of the Sun, the Water Mirrors, the Temple of the Three Windows, among others, are located. This tour has an approximate duration of 1 hour and 30 minutes and follows a one-way route, without allowing backtracking.

Moreover, this ticket is ideal for those who wish to undertake a demanding hike, as it involves physical effort, and the time spent in the area is up to 4 hours.

Circuit 1 or 2 + Inka Bridge

The ticket that includes the Inca Bridge and Circuit 1 or 2 allows exploration of both the upper and lower parts of the Machu Picchu archaeological site. In Circuit 1, you will have the opportunity to explore constructions such as the Dry Moat, the Viewpoint of the Temple of the Sun, the quarries, the Water Mirrors Ensemble, Pisonay Plaza, and the Archaeological Reserve, among others. On the other hand, Circuit 2 is the most comprehensive and includes Inca enclosures such as the Temple of the Sun, the Main Temple, the Intihuatana, and the Sacred Rock, among others. Both circuits allow you to capture the classic photo of Machu Picchu from the Guardian’s House.

Additionally, with this ticket, you have the option to take the optional route to the Inca Bridge, a 20-minute walk that offers an impressive view.

Inca Trail Short 2 Days

The 2-day Inca Trail is a shorter and more convenient alternative for those who want to experience the grandeur of Machu Picchu but have time constraints or prefer a less rigorous trek. During this itinerary, hikers cover a shorter distance compared to the 4-day Inca Trail, starting at kilometer 104 of the railway tracks and walking for approximately 6-7 hours before reaching the Sun Gate, which is the ancient entrance to Machu Picchu.

Along the way, visitors have the opportunity to explore archaeological sites, enjoy stunning landscapes, and learn about the history of the Incas. Despite its reduced duration, the 2-day Inca Trail remains an enriching experience that culminates with a visit to the natural sanctuary of Machu Picchu. Transportation services and professional guides make this option accessible and appealing to a diverse range of travelers.


FAQ

Where can I purchase the entrance ticket to visit Machu Picchu?

You can obtain your entrance ticket to visit Machu Picchu in two ways:

  1. Purchase online: Through the official website tuboleto.cultura.pe or authorized travel agencies. We recommend buying in advance to secure your entry and avoid availability issues.

  2. Purchase in person: Visit the office of the Dirección Desconcentrada de Cultura in Cusco or the Centro Cultural de Machu Picchu Pueblo (Aguas Calientes). However, please note that tickets may sell out quickly, especially during the high season.

Is it acceptable to present my Machu Picchu ticket in digital format?

Yes, you can use your Machu Picchu ticket in digital format. Both the Ministry of Culture of Peru and authorized providers typically accept digital versions, such as a PDF file on your phone or a printout. Ensure that the barcode or QR code is legible. Carry a printed or downloaded backup copy in case of connection issues.

Can I change the time and date of my Machu Picchu entrance ticket?

Typically, it is not possible to change the time and date of a Machu Picchu entrance ticket once it has been issued. Tickets usually have specific visit dates and times, and are subject to availability based on the daily capacity of the archaeological site. However, some travel agencies or providers may offer change options subject to availability and specific policies. It is important to review the purchase conditions when acquiring the ticket and, if a change is needed, to contact the provider directly to inquire about available options.

Is it possible to change the information on a Machu Picchu entrance ticket after it has been issued?

For a visitor, changing the information on a Machu Picchu entrance ticket after it has been issued can be difficult or even impossible. Tickets typically contain personal information such as the name of the holder and the visit date, which is set at the time of purchase. These details are important for controlling access and the capacity of the archaeological site. Therefore, in most cases, it is not possible to change this information once the ticket has been issued.

Is it possible to obtain a refund if I decide to cancel my visit to Machu Picchu?

For a visitor, obtaining a refund for canceling a visit to Machu Picchu can be difficult, as tickets are usually non-refundable, especially those for entry to the citadel. However, in exceptional cases such as medical emergencies, the Peruvian Ministry of Culture might consider refunds or rescheduling, subject to assessment. It is recommended to contact the Ministry directly for more information.

Is it advisable to buy Machu Picchu tickets in advance?

Yes, it is highly recommended to buy Machu Picchu tickets in advance. The demand to visit this archaeological site is high throughout the year, which can lead to tickets selling out quickly, especially during the peak tourism season. By purchasing in advance, you ensure your entry on the desired date and time, avoiding disappointments due to sold-out tickets. It is suggested to make the purchase several months in advance, especially if you plan to visit during the peak season, which typically occurs between May and August.

The best season to visit Machu Picchu depends on your personal preferences. During the dry season, from May to September, you will enjoy sunny days with a low chance of rain. However, the rainy season, from December to March, has the advantage of avoiding crowds and capturing photos of Machu Picchu practically empty. The intermediate seasons, April, October, and November, offer a balance with less rain and fewer visitors. Consider your climate preferences and tolerance for crowds when planning your visit.

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