Machu Picchu: New entrance rules designed to protect this Unesco World Heritage site for future generations
26 June 2017
New rules introduced by Peruvian authorities controlling access to Machu Picchu. JUNE 26TH 2017: In an effort to control visitor numbers and protect the UNESCO World Heritage Site of Machu Picchu from damage, Peruvian authorities have introduced new rules to control daily access to the ruins of this Inca settlement.
Under the new rules, Peruvian authorities have decided that from July 1st 2017 the following measures will apply:
- Those entrance tickets bought before the new regulations were publicly announced on May 2nd 2017 will remain valid.
- From July 1st 2017, visits by tourists to the Inca site of Machu Picchu will have a maximum duration of four (04) hours from the time visitors enter the site. Visits will be divided into two newly established visiting periods: From 6:00 a.m. to 12:00 noon; and from 12:00 noon to 5:30 p.m.
- During the morning visitors’ period, visitor numbers will be allowed to fluctuate between 2673 visitors and a maximum of 3267 visitors. This maximum number will include visitors to Machu Picchu Mountain and Huayna Picchu Mountain, and also include those visitors arriving at the ruins from the Inca Trail.
- Morning visitors who enter the ruins between 10:00 a.m. and 12:00 noon will be permitted to complete their 4 hour visit to the site from the time they entered.
- Groups and individual visitors who opt for the afternoon visiting period beginning at 12:00 noon will be permitted to enter the site up to one hour before, from 11:00 a.m., if arriving early at the ruins. For the afternoon period, including the promotional evening visit, the maximum number of visitors to the site will be 2673 persons.
- Visitor groups will be limited to a maximum of 20 persons. Groups are advised to acquire their entrance tickets as far in advance as possible.
- All visitors must enter the ruins of Machu Picchu in the company of an official tour guide, who will be required to accompany visitors during their visit to the ruins, from the beginning to the end of any one of the three (03) established circuits, for a minimum of three (03) hours.
- Visitors who entered the Inca ruins in the company of an official tour guide may, on the following day and after making the corresponding payment, enter the ruins without a guide, upon presentation of their ticket from the previous day, and after giving the name of the guide who accompanied them on their first visit.
- Visitors to the mountains Huayna Picchu and Machu Picchu will not be required to do so in the company of an official tour guide. Visits to the Inca ruins of Machu Picchu may be completed before or after the visit to the mountains, depending on the decision of the group or accompanying guide. The rendezvous point for these persons and the rest of the group will be the Sacred Rock sector of the ruins.
- For those persons who have been granted special permission to enter the ruins free of charge, and who enter during the afternoon sessions, the services of a tour guide will be optional.
- Those visitors who plan to visit during the morning and afternoon sessions on the same day, must make the corresponding individual payments, and may only do so if that day’s maximum visitor numbers have not been exceeded.
- Visitors to Machu Picchu Mountain will have a maximum of seven (07) hours for their visit, including the Inca ruins, calculated from the time they entered the site; visitors to Huayna Picchu Mountain will have a maximum of six (06) hours to complete their visit.
- Re-entry to the Inca ruins on the day of a person’s visit will not be permitted, except in cases judged as beyond that individual’s control (i.e.: force majeure).
- During the months of November and December 2017, these measures will remain in force pending an assessment of their effectiveness. The decision of the authorities will be communicated to the public and travel professionals at this time.
PLEASE NOTE: All visitors and travel professionals are asked by the Peruvian authorities to adhere strictly to these new regulations, which have been introduced as a measure for protecting this unique archaeological treasure and World Heritage Site for future generations.