New Entrance Rules to Machu Picchu To Take Effect July 1, 2017

On April 27, Peru’s Ministry of Culture announced impending changes to the Machu Picchu entrance rules that will impact tourists visiting the site after July 1, 2017. These changes are being implemented to control how many visitors and guides access the site each day and to better regulate the flow of tourists within the site.

The changes affect visiting hours and how guides operate within the site, as well as the circuits which tourists must follow while visiting Machu Picchu. These changes may affect visitors who have pre-booked treks and tickets to Machu Picchu, however only in regard to which of the new entry times they will receive.

More specifically, the new Ministerial Resolution No. 070-2007-MC states:

  1. Entrance tickets to Machu Picchu will be split into 2 entrance times with an AM Entrance from 6am – 12pm and a PM Entrance from 12pm – 5:30pm.
  2. An official Machu Picchu guide must accompany all visitors entering Machu Picchu.
  3. There will be 3 defined circuits through Machu Picchu in which visitors must follow according to the ticket they have purchased.
  4. Alternative circuits, including Huayna Picchu and Machu Picchu Mountain, will have two distinct entrance windows corresponding to the ticket the visitor has purchased.
  5. Re-entry to Machu Picchu is prohibited except under special circumstances.

Additionally, a few general visitor rules will take effect including no food or drink, no strollers, no hard-soled or high-heeled shoes, no metal or hard point walking sticks, and no photographic tripods or any type of camera stand without the appropriate permit.

These changes will officially take effect on July 1, 2017 and last for a duration of 2 years at which point new revisions may be made, including a possible introduction of three Machu Picchu entrance times.

The original document from the Ministry of Culture can be found here (in Spanish). Although more specific details are forthcoming, any questions can be directed to Kuoda Travel Staff at Contact Kuoda.