New Machu Picchu Circuits Regulations, UPDATE, June 2024

New Machu Picchu Circuits Regulations, UPDATE, June 2024

These rules and circuits are effective as of June 1, 2024 (UPDATE) for all new and previous reservations made.

From June 1, 2024 by regulation from MINISTRY OF CULTURE OF PERU, changes have been made in the provision of the sale of the Circuits to Machu Picchu, we are sure that you are eager to visit Machu Picchu, is the dream of many travelers; We understand that this changes of circuits, can cause discomfort or some disappointment in travelers who wish to visit Machu Picchu, not made by our travel agency, or any travel company in Peru, are government regulations that all travel agencies must abide by.

We are informing all our passengers who have purchased their tour to Machu Picchu that we must make changes for another equivalent circuit (subject to availability) and the conditions that we must apply, if you have a reservation with Machu Picchu Reservations; we will communicate with you shortly by email, or if you want a faster communication write us to our WhatsApp or calling by phone, a travel expert from Machu Picchu Reservations will attend your request.

According to the published regulations, those who purchased tickets before that date will have to adjust their plans according to a conversion table detailing the new itineraries.

This adjustment aims to optimize the flow of visitors and preserve the integrity of one of the world’s most important cultural heritages, ensuring that each tourist can enjoy an orderly and enriching visit.

Equivalence between Old vs New Machu Picchu Circuits

OLDNEW
Machu Picchu Circuits until; May 31, 2024Machu Picchu Circuits from June 1, 2024*.

Machu Picchu Circuit 1 or 2:

Llaqta of Machupicchu

You can choose from the following 02 circuits based on the available capacity:

Circuit 2 or Llaqta/Machupicchu classic circuit:

Circuit 3 or Royal Circuit:

Machu Picchu Circuit 3:

Llaqta of Machupicchu and Machupicchu Mountain

You can choose from the following 02 circuits based on the available capacity:

Circuit 1 or Panoramic Circuit:

  • Route 1-A: Route to Machupicchu Mountain (View Map)

Circuit 3 or Royal Circuit:

Machu Picchu Circuit 4:

Llaqta of Machupicchu and Waynapicchu

Circuit 3 or Royal Circuit:

Machu Picchu Circuit 4:

Llaqta of Machupicchu and Huchuypicchu

You can choose from the following 02 circuits based on the available capacity:

Circuit 3 or Royal Circuit:

New Machu Picchu Circuits, (JUNE 1, 2024 UPDATE)

Circuit 1

(Panoramic)

Route 1-A

Machupicchu Mountain Route

Route 1-A Machupicchu Mountain Route

Circuit 1

(Panoramic)

Route 1-B

Upper Terrace Route

Route 1-B Upper Terrace Route

Circuit 1

(Panoramic)

Route 1-C

Intipunku Route Covers (available only in High Season)

Route 1-C Intipunku Route Covers (available only in High Season)

Circuit 1

(Panoramic)

Route 1-D

Inka Bridge Route (available only in High Season)

Route 1-D Inka Bridge Route (available only in High Season)

Circuit 2

(Classic Machupicchu)

Route 2-A

Designed Route

Route 2-A Designed Route

Circuit 2

(Classic Machupicchu)

Route 2-B

Lower Terrace Route

Route 2-B Lower Terrace Route

Circuit 3

(Machupicchu Royalty)

Route 3-A

Waynapicchu Mountain Route

Route 3-A Waynapicchu Mountain Route

Circuit 3

(Machupicchu Royalty)

Route 3-B

Design Route

Route 3-B Design Route

Circuit 3

(Machupicchu Royalty)

Route 3-C

Great Cavern Route (available only in High Season)

Route 3-C Great Cavern Route (available only in High Season)

Circuit 3

(Machupicchu Royalty)

Route 3-D

Huchuypicchu Route (available only in High Season)

Route 3-D Huchuypicchu Route (available only in High Season)

Details About New Circuits

Circuit 1 or panoramic

Circuit (Panoramic) 1-A: Machu Picchu Mountain Route

In this circuit you will visit the Machu Picchu Mountain, enjoy breathtaking panoramic views of the Inca citadel and its surroundings. It also allows you to take the classic postcard photo of Machu Picchu from the Casa del Guardian sector.

From this viewpoint you will be able to see the following Inca constructions: the Temple of the Sun, the Sacred Plaza, the Temple of the Three Windows, the Intihuatana, and more. But this ticket will not allow you to visit these Inca constructions.

This circuit allows you to have 1 hour. You can take all the pictures you want from this spectacular viewpoint.

In addition, you will be able to climb Machu Picchu Mountain, which leads to the highest part of the Inca city (the mountain is 3,082 meters above sea level).

The time to visit Machu Picchu Mountain, round trip, is approximately 4 hours.

  • Trail Difficulty: Moderate to high. It requires a steep but rewarding hike.
  • Entrance Time: Check your ticket.
  • Visiting Time: 1 Hour ASK
  • Climbing time to Machu Picchu mountain: 4 Hours
  • Photography: Permitted

Circuit 1-B: Upper Terrace Route

Advantages of buying this circuit

This ticket will allow you to take the classic postcard photo of Machu Picchu from the Casa del Guardián sector.

This ticket allows you to appreciate the archaeological complex from a great viewpoint: the viewpoint of the Guardian’s House.

From there you can see buildings such as the Temple of the Sun, the Sacred Plaza, the Temple of the Three Windows, the Intihuatana and more. However, this ticket does not allow you to visit these Inca constructions.

  • Difficulty: Easy. No additional hiking required.
  • Visiting Time: 2 hours and 30 minutes
  • Photography: Permitted

Circuit 1-C: Intipunku Gate Route (available only in high season)

Advantages of buying this circuit

You will be able to take the classic photo of Machu Picchu from the viewpoint of the Guardian House. The ascent is done by stone steps for about 15 to 30 minutes, depending on your physical condition.

From the viewpoint of the Casa del Guardian you will be able to appreciate the following Inca sites: the Temple of the Sun, the Sacred Plaza, the Temple of the Three Windows, the Intihuatana, but this ticket does not allow you to visit these Inca constructions.

In addition to this circuit through Machu Picchu, visitors can access the circuit through Intipunku (Sun Gate), which leads to the original entrance gate to Machu Picchu during Inca times.

  • This circuit is closed in low season.
  • Visiting Time: 1 hour (With IntiPunku ascent 2 hrs approx)
  • Photography: allowed
  • Age restriction: NONE

Circuit 1-D: Inca Bridge Route (available only in high season)

You will be able to take the classic photo of Machu Picchu from the viewpoint of the Guardian House. The ascent is done by stone steps for about 15 to 30 minutes, depending on your physical condition.

From the viewpoint of the Casa del Guardian, you will be able to appreciate the following Inca sites: the Temple of the Sun, the Sacred Plaza, the Temple of the Three Windows, the Intihuatana, but this ticket does not allow you to visit these Inca constructions.

In addition to this circuit through Machu Picchu, visitors can access the circuit through the Inca Bridge, which leads to the eastern boundary of the Inca city, where the gateway to the Amazon sector is located (see attached image).

  • Visiting Time: 2 Hours
  • Inca Bridge 1 Hour Visit Time (Inca Bridge 1 Hour) Over 18 years old only.
  • This circuit is closed in low season
  • Photography: Permitted

Circuit 2 or circuit of the Inca city

Circuit Route 2-A: Designed Route

Machu Picchu: Changes in tolerance schedules during high season

The visitor management protocols for the Inca citadel of Machu Picchu have been updated, introducing a significant change in tolerance times for entry. According to the new regulations published today, visitors will now have a tolerance of up to 45 minutes with respect to their scheduled entrance time during the high season, an increase from the 30 minutes previously established for any season.

This change responds to concerns raised by tour operators about the logistical problems they face due to the large influx of tourists, especially during peak months. In the low season, the 30-minute tolerance will be maintained.

Schedule and max capacity to Entrance to machu Picchu

To ensure an optimal experience and protect the integrity of Machu Picchu, new regulations on capacity and entrance hours have been implemented.

Maximum Capacity (2024):

High SeasonLow Season
Max Capacity 5,600 visitors per dayMax Capacity 4,500 visitors per day

•       From: June, 1 to october 15

•       From: December 30 to December 31

•       From: October 16 to December 29.

•       From: January 1 to May 31.

Entry Hours:

  • The entrance time for each circuit will be specified on your admission ticket.
  • There will be a tolerance of 30 minutes for admission in the low season and 45 minutes in the high season.
  • After this time, entry will not be allowed, except for duly justified reasons of force majeure or unforeseen circumstances.

Route 2-B: Lower Terrace Route

If you want to have a complete and detailed experience, this circuit is the most recommended for, you will have the opportunity to appreciate in its full majesty the agricultural engineering of the Incas and the way they cultivated their food on the slopes of the mountains. Listen to the wind, feel the energy of the mountain and let yourself be carried away by the magic of this place. This circuit is a slight variation of route 2-A (designed route).

Sites to visit

  • Agricultural Terraces: Appreciate the agricultural engineering of the Incas and how they cultivated their food on the mountain slopes.
  • Panoramic Views: From the terraces, you will enjoy panoramic views of the citadel, the Urubamba River and the surrounding mountains.
  • Hidden Details: Explore the carved stones, niches, imposing water channels and stairways.
  • Time for Reflection: The route is less crowded, allowing you to connect with the surroundings and feel the magic of this place.

Details of this circuit

  • Difficulty: Moderate
  • Entry Hours: see your ticket

High Season

Low Season

Max Capacity 5,600 visitors per dayMax Capacity 4,500 visitors per day
  • From: June, 1 to october 15
  • From: December 30 to December 31
  • From: October 16 to December 29.
  • From: January 1 to May 31.

Circuit 3 or Royalty Circuit

Circuit 3-A: Wayna Picchu Route

This circuit is characterized by the number of Inca sites built in granite stone, you can take a picture similar to the most popular photo of Machu Picchu.

In addition to this photo in the agricultural sector, the circuit allows you to visit the lower part of the archaeological site of Machu Picchu with buildings such as the Temple of the Sun, the House of the Inca, the Sacred Rock, the Temple of the Condor and more.

Details of this circuit

  • Visiting time: 1 Hour
  • visiting time with ascent to Huayna Picchu (recommended age: 18 years old minimum)
  • Recommendation: purchase your ticket up to 4 months in advance.
  • Difficulty: moderate to high

Circuit 3-B: Designed Route

In this circuit you will be able to visit the houses where the Inca royalty lived, which are located in the lower part of Machu Picchu. The circuit includes a nice picture of Machu Picchu from the agricultural sector (lower part of the archaeological site).

The circuit continues with a visit to the religious sector of Machu Picchu. There the tourist will be able to visit the main Inca temples and enclosures made for the royalty, such as: the Temple of the Sun, the House of the Inca, the Sacred Rock, the Temple of the Condor and more.

This circuit is done in a maximum time of 2 hours and 30 minutes. It does not include the additional hike to any mountain. The purchase of the ticket must be done online 4 months in advance.

Circuit Details

  • Recommended age: for all ages
  • Visiting Time: 2 hours and 30 minutes
  • Difficulty: Moderate because of stairs and uneven path.

High Season

Low Season

Max Capacity 5,600 visitors per dayMax Capacity 4,500 visitors per day
  • From: June, 1 to october 15
  • From: December 30 to December 31
  • From: October 16 to December 29.
  • From: January 1 to May 31.

Circuit 3-C: Great Cavern Route (Available in High Season)

In this circuit we visit building in the lower part of Machu Picchu (religious or royal area). During the tour the visitor will be able to appreciate Inca buildings, such as: the agricultural zone, the Temple of the Sun, the Temple of the Sun, the Sacred Rock, the Temple of the Condor (or the Water Mirrors) and the Water Fountains.

In the agricultural sector the tourist will be able to get a very beautiful photograph that is very similar to the classic postcard photo (in the sector of the Guardian’s House) but from the lower part of the archaeological site.

We will also visit the Temple of the Moon “Templo de la Luna”, also called the Great Cavern. This hike is inside the Huayna Picchu mountain and takes a maximum time of 4 hours from the entrance to the exit of the route.

Circuit 3 through Machu Picchu takes 1 hour on average. Access to the Great Cavern is suitable for visitors over 18 years old. However, the route is only open during the high tourist season.

The purchase of this ticket and circuit must be made online 3 months in advance.

Details of this circuit

  • Availability: high season only (June 1 to October 15, 2024 and December 30 to 31, 2024): 5,600 visitors per day).

Circuit  3-D: Huchuypicchu Route (Available in High Season)

In this circuit we will visit the constructions of the lower part of the Inca city of Machu Picchu, also known as the so-called religious sector with buildings such as the Temple of the Sun, the House of the Inca, the Sacred Rock, the Temple of the Condor and more.

It does not include a visit to the sector of the Guardian’s House, but it does include a visit to the agricultural sector where you can get photos very similar to the classic postcard photo (but from the lower part of the archaeological site).

This circuit 3 by Machu Picchu takes about 1 hour. Additionally, the visitor can hike to the top of Huchuy Picchu mountain, which takes only 1 hour. The entrance to this mountain is allowed only for visitors over 18 years old. The top of the mountain is at 2,497 meters above sea level.

The purchase of this ticket and circuit must be made online 1 or 2 months in advance.

As well as the route to the Inca Bridge, Intipunku and Huayna Picchu; this trekking route is only open during the high tourist season.

Circuit details

  • Visiting time: 1 hour and 30 minutes
  • Recommendation: buy your ticket 2 months in advance.
  • Availability: High season only (June 1 to October 15, 2024 and December 30 to 31, 2024): 5,600 visitors per day).
  • Difficulty Level: Moderate to high as it requires a steep but rewarding hike.

Schedule to Visit Machu Picchu

According to the Ministry of Culture, the intention to balance the increased flow of visitors to the wonder of the world, Machu Picchu, is connected to the sanctuary’s conservation and preservation needs. Therefore, the entrance hours will be more controlled.

For example, if your entrance is from 9:00 to 10:00 AM, you will have a maximum of 45 additional minutes to enter. After that time, you will not be able to enter except for reasons of force majeure or unforeseen circumstances that you will have to prove. Therefore, we recommend arriving in advance. All these rules come into effect on June 1, 2024.

The regulations for use of the site have also been modified, specifying that visitors will have a maximum of 3 hours to tour the citadel through the new itineraries, seeking to reduce the impact on the monument. Other important changes include adjustments to the regulations for sustainable use and tourist visitation for the conservation of Machu Picchu, in order to expand flexibility in admission schedules according to the season and establishing clear processes for the purchase of tickets through the Ministry of Culture’s online platform.

Machu Picchu ticket sales

As a travel agency operating tours to Machu Picchu, we know that in July the new state platform for the purchase of tickets to Machu Picchu and other national tourist destinations will be activated; for this we will be informing you quickly about the new purchase processes that you will have to perform to visit Machu Picchu.

Discover the majesty of Machu Picchu like never before! Starting June 1, 2024.

Remember that with the capacity to receive 5600 visitors per day, Machu Picchu is more accessible than ever, allowing you to explore its ancestral secrets in comfort and without crowds.

Whether you are a history buff, a nature lover or simply an adventure seeker, the new tours to Machu Picchu promise an unforgettable experience for everyone. From the imposing ruins of the citadel to the panoramic views of the Andes, every corner of this World Heritage Site will leave you in awe.

Don’t miss the opportunity to live a once in a lifetime experience in one of the most emblematic destinations in the world! Are you ready to discover the new secrets that Machu Picchu has to offer? Join us.

Have I already purchased my Machu Picchu ticket for after June 1st?

Tickets to enter Machu Picchu on the new circuits are now available on the TuBoleto web page (https://tuboleto.cultura.pe/ ) (the same web page as before).

Tickets for the new tours are available from June 1 through October 15 plus December 30 and 31.

All previous circuits are no longer available for purchase, only the new ones.

New platform to book Machu Picchu tickets

We are sure you want to know everything about your reservation to Machu Picchu, we tell you that this current platform will be replaced on the last day of July 2024, for which we will be informing you as soon as possible.

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