Modified rules for visiting Machu Picchu

(Last Updated On: 21. October 2019)

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If you are planning to hike to Machu Picchu or just visit this great place by taking a train, you should be familiar with the new rules Peru’s Minister of Culture issued. Some of them went already into effect in July 2017. From the January 1, 2019, the regulation about visiting Machu Picchu was modified. To be exactly, it’s about the resolution No. 216-2018 of the Ministry of Culture and its “Regulation of sustainable use and tourist visit for the conservation of the Llaqta or Inca city of Machu Picchu”. However, I don’t want to bore you with all of the article numbers were modified. Instead, I’d like to show you the modified regulations themselves so you can keep them in mind when you visit Machu Picchu.

Modified entry regulations from 2019

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Source: El Peruano

To sum it up:

  • The maximum duration is now limited to 4 hours
  • Re-entering the sanctuary, after you left it, is no more possible. In case you want to enter Machu Picchu again, you need to buy a new ticket
  • On your first visit, you can enter only with a guide
  • There are 9 fixed hourly shifts you can enter the sanctuary
  • If you would like to hike up Huayna Picchu or the Machu Picchu Mountain, there are fix time schedules now

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Dos and Dont’s while visiting Machu Picchu

As a completion of the new entry regulations, some general Dos and Dont’s for your visit of Machu Picchu

I wish you a great time in Peru, folks. If you are interested in trekking in Peru, I recommend you to read my diary I wrote when I was walking the Salkantay Trek. Also, check the article from Bistra and Nace who wrote this cool article about a Perú itinerary.


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