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New Rules for Machu Picchu Starting January 2019

2019 MACHU PICCHU REGULATIONS

Machu Picchu citadel is considered a hotspot destination for all of those wanting to check off another place from their bucket list or just have the opportunity to visit this majestic Incan citadel that is considered a UNESCO World Heritage site. With that in mind, the Peruvian government has issued new regulations for 2019, in order, to help conserve and maintain this historical site in the most pristine conditions possible.


**** PLEASE check the limited amounts of entrance tickets for each session.*****You are only allowed to visit during the time of the session you have purchased, each session is 4 hours long. If you require more time to explore this amazing site, you will need to purchase another entrance ticket.

Highlights of the New Rules

The 3 New Sessions for Visiting Machu Picchu

With the new regulations for 2019, there are three different session times:

  • 1st Session from 6am to 8am
  • 2nd Session from 9am to 11am
  • 3rd Session from 12:00 to 14:00h

There are limited amounts of entrance tickets for each session.

Tour Guide Policy

As of July 1 2017, any visitor wanting to visit Machu Picchu must enter with a licensed tour guide. The tour guide must present a valid and up to date identification card upon arriving at this site along with a list of his/her tour group.

Huayna Picchu & Machu Picchu Mountains

With the new regulations for 2019, there are three different session times:

Huayna Picchu MountainMachu Picchu Mountain
1st Session – 7 to 8 am1st Session- 7 to 8 am
2nd Session – 10 to 11am2nd Session- 9 to 10 am

Due to the new time sessions lasting 4 hours, we recommend you do one of these hikes first to better utilize your time. The earliest hike is at 7am and the latest is at 11 am.

FAQs

When will the new Regulations start?
The new regulations kick in starting January 5th, 2019. At that time, anyone that has already booked will not be affect by this change. New visitors will need to take into account the new time sessions.
Will I be able to explore all of Machu Picchu in one session?
Of course! We coordinate your tour so that we can visit the main points of the citadel with additional time for you to explore before leaving this majestic site.
If I want to visit Machu Picchu Citadel for the second session or a second day, do I need a guide?
New regulations state that you will need a guide on your first day. If you are going to visit on a second day, you must show proof of your first visit (prior entrance ticket) along with a new entrance ticket.
What if I want to spend more time in Machu Picchu?
You are more than welcome to spend more time at this once in a lifetime site but you will be required to purchase another entrance ticket.
Can I climb Huayna Picchu or Machu Picchu Mountain in the afternoon session?
There will be 3 sessions for these hikes: 7 to 8am, 9 to 10 am and 10 to 11 am. The latest you will be able to hike is 12 noon as the park rangers will be keeping track of hiking times. In basic terms, no afternoon sessions after 12 noon.
What are the 2018-time vs the 2019 time differences?
2018 Times2019 Times
6am – 12 noon6:00am
12 noon – 5pm7:00am
8:00am

Each new timeslot will be 4 hours long, meaning you will only be allowed to visit Machu Picchu citadel for 4 hours. If you require more than 4 hours for your visit, you will need to purchase another entrance ticket.

What are the Huayna Picchu and Machu Picchu Mountain 2019 times?
SessionsMachu Picchu Mountain entrance timesHuayna Picchu Mountain entrance times
1st Session7:00am – 8:00am7:00am-8:00am
2nd Session9:00am – 10:00am10:00am-11:00am
Is my tour or trek going to be affected by these changes?
Tours or Treks booked before the new regulations kick in will not be affected. After Jan 5th, 2019, we will be coordinating any tour or trek to fit the new regulations along with the needs of our visitors.
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