New entrance regulations for Machu Picchu

From 1 July 2017, new entrance regulations will apply for all visitors to Machu Picchu. The number of visitors will continue to be limited to 2,500 people per day but from 1 July access to the citadel will be limited to either a morning or an afternoon slot.

Morning entry:    From 6.00 am to 12.00 pm.

Afternoon entry: From 12.00 pm to 5.30 pm.

  • Visitors must leave the site within the time slot stated, and re-entry is not permitted.
  • Visitors to Machu Picchu, Machu Picchu Mountain and Wayna Picchu must be accompanied by an official tour guide. Groups will be limited to a maximum of 16 people.
  • Tours will follow specially designed routes, each of which takes 2½-3 hours to complete.
  • We understand that the new regulations will be revised in 2019 and further changes may be implemented, including limiting  entry to three shorter time slots.

Machu Picchu Peru

Wayna Picchu Mountain

Wayna Picchu is the mountain behind the ruins in all the classic photographs of the site. The summit is 2,693 metres above sea level (8,835 feet) whereas Machu Picchu itself is 2,380m (7,810 ft).  Only 400 people are allowed to  climb Wayna Picchu Mountain each day and we can arrange a combination ticket with the general Machu Picchu entrance. Again, there are specific entry times for climbing Wayna Picchu (200 tickets per entry) and travellers with the combination ticket must present themselves at the entrance gates at their allotted time:

First entry:       7.00 am – 8.00 am.

Second entry: 10.00 am – 11.00 am.


Machu Picchu Mountain (known as La Montaña)

Machu Picchu Mountain is south-west of the citadel and rises to 3,050 meters (10,007 feet) above sea level. Again, entrance is permitted in two distinct entry windows and numbers are restricted to 400 people per day.  Ticket holders must present themselves at the allotted time at the entrance gates.

First entry:     7.00 am – 8.00 am.

Second entry: 9.00 am – 10.00 am.

Inca Trail

Only 500 people are allowed to enter the Inca Trail each day, including guides, porters and cooks. We are yet to establish how the new regulations for entry to Machu Picchu will affect passengers who hike the classic Inca Trail to arrive at the citadel though the Sun Gate.


Further information

Bags or rucksacks measuring more than 40 x 35 x 20 cm (15.7 x 13.7 x 7.9”) are not permitted, and must be placed in the storage facility near the entrance.

It is prohibited to enter with food or drink.

You must not carry umbrellas or sun shades although hats, ponchos and rain coats are permitted. Walking sticks with a metal or hard tip are not permitted. Walking sticks with a rubber tip are allowed for the elderly and physically handicapped.

Tripods and stands for camera equipment are not allowed unless  pre-authorization has been sought and the appropriate permit issued.

Musical instruments, including megaphones and speakers, are not permitted.

You cannot enter the site with high-heels, or hard soles. Only soft soles are permitted (such trainers and walking shoes/boots).

Prams and pushchairs are not allowed. Only strap on baby/child carriers are permitted.

You are not allowed to climb or lean on walls at any part of the citadel, nor are you prohibited to touch, move or remove any stone items or structures.

The tranquillity and character of Machu Picchu must be maintained at all times. Visitors are not allowed to get undressed, wear fancy dress, lie down, run or jump about. Visitors should not shout, make loud noises, applaud, whistle or sing.

Smoking is forbidden, as is the use of an electronic cigarette.

You are not allowed to feed the animals.

It is prohibited to paraglide or fly any type of drone or small aircraft around the site.


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