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New Machu Picchu Regulations

inca trail alternative


Machu Picchu citadel is 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 has been a UNESCO World Heritage site since 1983. With that in mind, the Peruvian government issued new regulations which started in 2019, in order to help conserve and maintain this historical site in the most pristine conditions possible.

Starting 22 November, 2019, the government no longer allows any changes to Inca Trail permits. If you have to change your date, the fee is now $100 because agencies are required to pay the full permit price. Permits are non-transferable, non-changeable and non-refundable.

**** 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 from 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 numbers 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 Mountain Machu Picchu Mountain
1st Session – 7 to 8 am 1st Session- 7 to 8 am
2nd Session – 10 to 11am 2nd Session- 9 to 10 am

Due to the new time sessions lasting 4 hours, we recommend you do one of the earlier sessions, after your guided tour of Machu Picchu Citadel. The earliest hike is at 7am and the latest is at 11 am.


When will the new Regulations start?
The new regulations began on January 5th, 2019.
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 without a guide, 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. There are no afternoon sessions after 12 noon.
What are the 2018-time vs the 2019 time differences?
2018 Times 2019 Times
6am – 12 noon 6:00am
12 noon – 5pm 7:00am

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?
Sessions Machu Picchu Mountain entrance times Huayna Picchu Mountain entrance times
1st Session 7:00am – 8:00am 7:00am-8:00am
2nd Session 9:00am – 10:00am 10:00am-11:00am