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New protocols for Machu Picchu
New policies to visit Machu Picchu in 2024!
Cusco - Perú
Nicole Maxdeo
May 24, 2024

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Machu Picchu is changing. The New protocols for Machu Picchu. shed light on how visits to this world wonder will be and the new recommendations for visits starting from June 1st. As we all know, Machu Picchu is perhaps the most visited and famous archaeological site in the country. Annually, we receive millions of tourists eager to explore this precious citadel.

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New Protocols for Machu Picchu

For all visitors to Machu Picchu, we recommend being aware of the new provisions, respecting the rules, and above all, understanding beforehand what we will experience due to these New protocols for Machu Picchu.

Just to mention, Machu Picchu has now increased its capacity to 5600 visitors, distributed across almost 10 new entrances and routes. Along with these New protocols for Machu Picchu., surprises await us, and we'll now tell you about the distribution of these 3 circuits.

The increase in capacity is part of the 'Protocol for the management of visits to the Inca city of Machu Picchu during high visitor seasons', approved by the Ministry of Culture on May 13th. This poses a series of adjustments in the visitation itineraries that tourists must adhere to.

New Protocols for Machu Picchu: Distribution of visitation circuits

  • Circuits 1 and 2 (citadel and Inca bridge): Visitors can choose between circuit 2 or the classic Machu Picchu, which correspond to routes 2A (Designed Route), 2B (Lower Terrace), and the Royal Circuit (route 3B).
  • Circuit 3 (citadel and Machu Picchu mountain): One can opt for circuit 1 or panoramic, which includes route 1A towards Machu Picchu mountain and the Royal Circuit (route 3B).
  • Circuit 4 (citadel and Wayna Picchu mountain): Visitors can select between the Royal Circuit, which includes routes 3A (Wayna Picchu mountain), 3B (Designed Route), and 3D (Huchuy Picchu).

New protocols for Machu Picchu: Circuits before 2024

As mentioned earlier, the circuits we were visiting were 4, which through different paths allowed us to visit the Inca citadel through different routes.

Here we compile the main circuits that were being managed and their equivalence with the new circuits.

  • Llacta Machu Picchu :

    This is the regular entrance of Machu Picchu, the most common one and does not include any extra hike.

  • Puente Inca:

    The Inca bridge or Puente Inca is an extra hike that takes almost 1 hour and half to go. This entrance also allows you to visit the regular circuit in Machu Picchu.

  • Machu Picchu Mountain :

    Big mountain inside Machu Picchu. This is an extra hike that takes almost 3 hours up and down and this ticket includes circuit 3 in Machu Picchu. 

  • Huayna Picchu Mountain:

    Most famous mountain in Machu Picchu. This hike takes almost 2 hours up and down and with this extra hike includes circuit 4 of Machu Picchu.

  • Huchuy Picchu Mountain :

    The smallest mountain and the shortest hike, only 45 minutes up and down. This extra hike also includes circuit 4.

 

New protocols for Machu Picchu: Circuit visit equivalences.
Circuits in effect until May 31, 2024. Circuits in effect from June, 2024.
Circuit 1 or 2: Machu Picchu Citadel

Circuit 1 or 2: Machu Picchu Citadel and Inca Bridge

You can choose, according to the available capacity, between the following two circuits:

  • Circuit 2 or Citadel Circuit / Classic Machu Picchu:

You can choose any of the following routes, depending on the available capacity:

  • Route 2-A: Designed Route
  • Route 2-B: Lower Terrace Route
  • Circuit 3 or Royal Circuit
  • Route 3-B: Designed Route
Circuit 3: Machu Picchu Citadel and Machu Picchu Mountain You can choose, according to the available capacity, between the following two circuits:

  • Circuit 1 or Panoramic Circuit
  • Route 1-A: Route towards Machu Picchu Mountain
  • Circuit 3 or Royal Circuit
  • Route 3-B: Designed Route
Circuit 4: Machu Picchu Citadel and Waynapicchu
  • Circuit 3 or Royal Circuit
  • Route 3-A: Wayna Picchu Mountain Route
Circuit 4: Machu Picchu Citadel and Huchuypicchu Circuit 3 or Royal Circuit

  • You can choose any of the following routes, depending on the available capacity:
  • Route 3-B: Designed Route
  • Route 3-D: Huchuypicchu Route

New protocols for Machu Picchu: Recommendations for Visitors

The key to enjoying Machu Picchu is having information beforehand. So, these New protocols for Machu Picchu, being novel for any tourist and even for travel agencies, it's important to understand the circuits and especially to read some recommendations that will facilitate the visit.

  • Avoid carrying large backpacks to keep spaces clear and safe. Visitors are advised to avoid carrying large backpacks. This facilitates movement and contributes to the preservation of the citadel.
  • Do not bring food or drinks to conserve the natural environment and minimize waste generation. This measure helps protect the ornamentation and the environment of this important tourist attraction.
  • Avoid making excessive noise. Visitors are advised not to bring musical instruments or sound amplification devices, thus contributing to maintaining the tranquility and calmness that characterize Machu Picchu.
  • Respect the surroundings of Machu Picchu. The Historic Sanctuary and Archaeological Park require special care. Visitors are urged not to climb or touch the walls, and to avoid disturbing the local flora and fauna, thus preserving the structures and the natural environment.
  • Do not litter. It is vital to keep the archaeological site and its natural surroundings clean. Visitors must ensure not to leave any waste, thus contributing to the conservation and care of the place for present and future generations.

By following these recommendations, visitors will be able to enjoy a fulfilling and respectful experience in Machu Picchu, ensuring that this cultural and natural heritage endures over time.

New protocols for Machu Picchu: Ticket Prices

There are promotional rates for Peruvian visitors and those from the Andean Community (Peru, Bolivia, Ecuador, and Colombia), during the hours of 6:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m., are:

  • Adults: S/32
  • Students and children aged 3 to 7: S/16

Outside of this schedule, the prices are:

  • Adults: S/64
  • Students and children: S/32

For foreign visitors, the rates are:

  • Adults: S/152
  • Higher education students: S/77
  • Children aged 3 to 17: S/70

It sounds a bit confusing, we know. However, the key here is to be clear about what we want to visit, the views we wish to have, and, above all, to immerse ourselves in information that helps us organize our visit.

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