How to Book Machu Picchu Ticktes in 2019
Machu Picchu Ticktes, new official site for 2019
The government of Peru recently launched a new website so that tourists can more easily book entry tickets to Machu Picchu in 2019. Gone are the days when visitors could just show up to the popular site and buy tickets right there. Online booking is now one of the only options available (as well as a few local ticket offices) if you’re interested in visiting this amazing Incan citadel located high in the Andes Mountains.
When Can You Visit Machu Picchu?
Visitors can experience Machi Picchu 365 days of the year.
In the past, when booking online, you were given the choice to purchase a morning ticket or an afternoon ticket, which gave you some flexibility depending on when you arrived. But now you have to choose the exact hour you wish to enter, which means you need to find reliable transportation to the site in order to show up on time. First entry begins at 6:00AM, and last entry is 2:00PM. The site closes at 5:30PM.
How Many Tickets Are Available?
The government allots 5,600 tickets to be sold each day. This covers entry to the main site, but does not include any additional mountain hikes. (More on hikes below.) This allotment is divided up throughout the day, as a way to avoid overcrowding at any one time. The breakdown is as follows: 6:00AM, 7:00AM, and 8:00AM have 800 tickets each; 9:00AM has 560; 10:00AM and 11:00AM has 600 each; 12:00PM has 360; 1:00PM and 2:00PM has 540 each.
For those interested in mountain hikes, the 7:00AM Machu Picchu Montana hike is for people who book their main entrance ticket at 6:00AM (up to 100 people) and 7:00AM (up to 100 people). The 9:00AM hike is for people who have the 8:00AM main entry ticket (200 people).
For the Huayna Picchu hike, the 7:00AM hike is for people who book their main entrance ticket at 6:00AM (up to 100 people) and 7:00AM (up to 100 people). The 10:30AM hike is for people who have the 8:00AM main entry ticket (200 people).
What Does It Cost? Are There Discounts?
Adults pay 152 soles for entrance to Machu Picchu. It costs 200 soles for Machu Picchu entry with a hike to Montana or Huayna Picchu.
There’s a student rate that applies to foreign undergraduate students, up to 25 years of age, as long as they have an official student ID card with photo (ISIC). Peruvian undergraduates require a SENEDU or MINEDU card. Students under 17 years old may receive an even greater discount.
Where to buy Machu Picchu tickets?
Tickets can be booked online. Also, there are two ticket offices in Cusco and one in Aguas Calientes.
Student tickets can also be booked through an agency, your local hotel, or in the previously mentioned offices.
What Else Should I Know Before I Go?
You cannot purchase tickets at the entrance to Machu Picchu.
Those visitors who have health issues or are pregnant may not be allowed to enter.
The only restrooms available to the public are located at the main entrance.
The Bottom Line
It’s vital to plan ahead before visiting Machu Picchu. Proper planning will help you avoid problems when arrive, so that you can better experience the wonders of this ancient site.