In an effort to improve the flow of people to the ancient site of Machu Picchu, the Peruvian authorities have announced that tickets will only be valid for either the morning or the afternoon from 1st July 2017.
Please note that we are updating this article regularly. Currently it has not been possible to confirm all the details with the Peruvian authorities.
New tickets for Machu Picchu: what we know
From 1st July 2017, tickets to Machu Picchu, the ancient citadel and Peru’s most famous tourist attraction, will only be valid for half-day access.
Previously, tickets to the citadel were available on a full-day basis.
Two shifts per day
Visitors will now choose from one of two ‘shifts’: either from 6am until 12pm or 12pm until 5.30pm.
Visitors with a morning ticket will have to leave the site by midday. There is a maximum four-hour stay for each shift.
Entry fees will be PEN 152 ($46) for the morning and PEN 100 ($30) for the afternoon.
These new tickets will be available from 29th May 2017. Pre-purchased tickets for dates until 30th June will be unaffected.
Alongside the new ticketing rules, it is also required that every visitor to Machu Picchu is accompanied by a guide. Each guide must have no more than 16 guests. At the end of the tour, guests are allowed to explore the site by themselves, aside from off-limit areas.
However, if a guest purchases tickets for two slots, they do not need a guide for their second shift in the citadel.
It is possible to re-enter the citadel within your shift.
Guests will also have their details recorded upon entrance and exit.
Why have these changes been made?
These changes have been adopted in order to improve the flow of tourism to Machu Picchu, as well as further the preservation and conservation of the llaqta, according to the plans of the Historic Sanctuary of Machu Picchu.