Visitors to the Inca citadel of Machu Picchu have several types of tickets at their disposal to enter the historic sanctuary and live an unforgettable experience. These are options to travel only the archaeological complex or accompanied by other nearby equally surprising places.
Next, we will introduce you to the four types of tickets to visit the main tourist attraction of Peru and one of the seven new wonders of the world.
Single ticket Machu Picchu
Allow the tour of the stone citadel and appreciate more of the 150 structures that make up the archaeological complex. These are temples, andenería, residences, aqueducts and some other structures whose construction remains a huge mystery. The ticket includes the entrance to the Inca citadel and the passport stamp with the symbol of the world wonder.
This ticket allows you to take the classic photo postcard of Machu Picchu. It is suitable for the family. There is no age restriction. If you are looking for adventure, you can ascend to the top of Intipunku (Puerta del Sol). Allows you to appreciate the Inca Bridge, a 30-minute walk from Machu Picchu.
Entry schedules have been established in three ranges. The first time range is from 06:00 to 09:00 hours. The second schedule is from 09:00 to 12:00 hours. And the third schedule is from 12:00 to 15:00. Visitors can stay at Machu Picchu up to four hours after their entry, between 06:00 and 16:00 hours.
This ticket is valid for the day and time indicated in the entry. It is not possible to enter a day before or after. With this ticket, people of all ages can enter the Inca citadel. If you are traveling with children it is advisable to choose a guide of pleasant tourism.
There are discounts on this ticket. Applies to the citizens of the member countries of the Andean Community, minors and university students. It is recommended to acquire your entrance ticket with the anticipation in the official page: www.machupicchu.gob.pe. The traveler must consider that the capacity of people who can enter the Inca monument is limited.
Ticket Machu Picchu and Huayna Picchu
This ticket can be entered to Machu Picchu and ascend to the Huayna Picchu mountain. This summit is located 2,693 meters above sea level. It is considered one of the most amazing short walks in the world.
Two entry shifts have been established. The first shift allows entry to Machu Picchu from 07:00 to 08:00 hours. The second can enter the mountain Huayna Picchu between 10:00 and 11:00 hours. The average visit time between entry and exit from Huayna Picchu control point is three hours. If you also visit the “Great Cavern”, you can stay up to an additional hour.
This type of ticket allows the visit to the Temple of the Moon, the only Inca site located in the middle of a cave, besides appreciating the scenic beauty of the tourist jewel of Cusco and Peru.
The visit to Huayna Picchu is only allowed to people over 12 years old. Teens must be careful while ascending the mountain. Older adults should consult their doctor before going to the summit.
The dry season (from April to October) is the most suitable for touring the Huayna Picchu. The sky is more clear and there is little chance of rain. The visit to Huayna Picchu is feasible if you follow the safety rules.
The Huayna Picchu is one of the most spectacular experiences besides the captivating Machu Picchu.
Machu Picchu ticket and mountain
This entrance allows you to enter the Inca citadel and also climb the Machu Picchu mountain. This summit is 3,082 meters above sea level. This hiking route is less steep but longer than the Huayna Picchu route.
There are two entry shifts. The first shift allows access to the mountain from 07:00 to 08:00. The second shift is from 09:00 to 10:00. Tourists can stay in the place up to five hours after the moment of entering the checkpoint. The maximum return of the Machu Picchu mountain is at 3:00 p.m.
The entrance to the mountain Machu Picchu has no age limit. Children must be watched by their parents. Young and adult athletes can enjoy the views at the top of this summit.
The adventure in the Machu Picchu mountain is of intermediate difficulty. It is advisable a previous physical preparation and go ascending at a suitable pace for each person. It is also recommended to take the walk with hiking shoes. The trails are made of stone and can be very slippery when wet.
During your visit to Machu Picchu you can also enjoy the collection offered by the site museum. The collection of this site has remains of ceramics, construction tools, lithic pieces, metals and other instruments used by the Incas during their stay in the Inca citadel.
The museum’s hours of operation are from Monday to Sunday, from 9:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. The ticket to Machu Picchu allows you to enter the cultural center free of charge at noon. You can also appreciate the botanical garden located next to the museum.