New tourist routes to Machu Picchu
With the new «Regulations for Sustainable Use and Tourist Visit for the Conservation of the Inca Llaqta of Machu Picchu», new ways of visiting the complex have been created. With this new regulation, four official tourist circuits have been established.
These circuits must be respected and followed by everyone who enters the National Archaeological Park of Machu Picchu. And these tours should be followed by both visitors and tour guides. In addition, it is specified that these circuits can be modified depending on the conservation of the Llaqta of Machu Picchu. And for this, in collaboration with Machu Travel Peru, we want to inform you about the new regulations and the available routes. Join us to learn more about the importance of Machu Picchu and the new ways to visit the Inca Citadel.
Since 2021, the authorities of Machu Picchu ordered that the visit to the Inca city be carried out according to strict routes. The objective. the goal? The objective is to reduce the risk of infection by Covid 19 and to protect and preserve the archaeological site for the future. Each visitor follows an itinerary depending on the ticket they have chosen: the Machu Picchu Solo ticket, the ticket that includes Mount Huayna Picchu, the ticket that includes Mount Machupicchu or the ticket that includes Mount Huchuy Picchu.
Circuit – Ticket only for Machu Picchu
The basic ticket to visit the Inca Citadel and its numerous constructions is the «Machu Picchu Only» ticket.
With this ticket you will be able to visit buildings such as the Temple of the Sun, the Sacred Plaza, the Temple of the 3 Windows, the Intihuatana, the Sacred Rock, the Temple of the Condor and more.
It also offers the possibility of taking short walks to the Intipunku (Puerta del Sol) and the Inca Bridge.
Obviously the ticket also allows the classic postcard photo with Machupicchu in the background.
To visit Machu Picchu with this ticket, the authorities have ordered the creation of two tourist circuits: Circuit 1 and Circuit 2.
ITINERARY N° 01 TO MACHU PICCHU
Anyone who wants to visit Machu Picchu will find that they can take four walking tours or tours inside the Inca Citadel. Circuit number 1 includes the highest part near the Machu Picchu mountain . Here you can take a short tour of the agricultural area and take a first look at Machu Picchu. This circuit begins at the well-known intersection of the Inca Llaqta access road from Machu Picchu.
At this point, you will step on a platform no more than 240 meters high. From here you will have the first full view of the Inca Citadel, then you can continue to the ceremonial platform where the famous guardian’s hut is located. From there you go down the path that leads to the Puente del Inca. You will find a path that descends from the Puerta del Sol (IntiPunku) and leads to the urban sector of the citadel. There you will see the main entrance or the main door. The main portal would be the original entrance to the urban sector of Machu Picchu. From the urban sector you can see the other side of the citadel.
The path continues to the quarry area (Granite Chaos). And if you continue on the road, you will descend towards a group of Inca constructions to reach the Temple of the Sun. Then you can continue and admire the House of the Inca, the Hall of Mirrors and the Temple of the Condor. This is an extension of route number 1. However, if you have the correct ticket , you can take advantage of the other circuits and learn more about the Inca Citadel.
Circuit 1 allows you to visit the upper and lower part of the archaeological site. This tour covers the main buildings as well as the area of platforms and terraces at the top (from here you can get the classic postcard photo of Machupicchu). The visit lasts about 2h30.
ITINERARY N° 02 TO MACHU PICCHU
Circuit 2 allows you to visit the upper and lower part of the archaeological site, as well as the optional routes to Intipunku and the Inca Bridge. Of course , the main buildings of the Inca citadel are also included. The visit lasts about 3 or 4 hours.
Circuit – Ticket Machu Picchu with Huayna Picchu
The ticket that sells out the fastest is the «Machu Picchu with Huayna Picchu» ticket, which includes a visit to the top of this mountain and a tour of the Inca Citadel.
This ticket allows you to climb to the top of Huayna Picchu. Visitors can optionally take a detour and visit the Temple of the Moon (also known as the Great Grotto).
Likewise, at the exit of the mountain, the ticket allows the visit of Machu Picchu through Circuit 4.
ITINERARY N° 03 TO MACHU PICCHU
This route begins at the intersection of the access road to the Inca citadel of Machu Picchu. However, unlike circuits 1 and 2, it is assumed that the route through the area of agricultural platforms leads directly to the urban sector. This tour is the shortest tour of the Inca Citadel. The descent of no more than 30 meters begins to reach the colcas and continues along the path that crosses the agricultural sector. There you can admire the various agricultural terraces until you reach the main gate through which you enter the urban sector. From this point, head towards the Ceremonial Fountains, then continue south to enter the Temple of the Sun. Continuing on you will discover the Casa del Inka and then continue up the stairs to the fountains. From this point on, the tour follows the same route as Tour 1. This route takes no more than 3 hours. Since the maximum stay in Machu Picchu is 4 hours, you still have free time to explore the site on your own.
ITINERARY N° 04 TO MACHU PICCHU
Circuit 4 includes the same route as Circuit 3, except that it includes the Sacred Plaza, Intihuatana, the Sacred Rock, and goes around the Three Doors, the Hall of Mirrors, and the Temple of the Condor. This section is the same as the previous one, with the difference that this route decides to go up to the Sacred Place and continue a circuit similar to number 2. With the difference that it surrounds both the Sacred Place and the Intihuatana. This tour is special and recommended for people with disabilities or the elderly. It is recommended for those who need some kind of preferential assistance. This route is available in some Machu Picchu tickets.
This is also the case of the alternative route of Huchuy Picchu and Huayna Picchu.
NEW TICKET SALE At the time of entering the official government page:
https://reservas.machupicchu.gob.pe/inicio you are going to celebrate that there is a new entry. You will be able to see 4 new attractions: City of Machu Picchu Circuit 4 + Machu Picchu Young Mountain Machu Picchu + Circuit 3 Circuit 4 + Picchu Girl Mountain:
This ticket is of course the trip to the Inca Citadel from Machu Picchu along trails 1, 2 and
It is possible to organize a round trip free of charge depending on the weather and the body. This is one of the best places to know the different facts about Machu Picchu. Schaltung 4 + YoungPicchu :
This ticket gives access to the alternative route of Monte Huayna Picchu. The Llaqta route consists only of the circuit number 4. Mount Machu Picchu + Circuit 3: this ticket gives access to the alternative route of Mount Machu Picchu. However, access to the City is solely through circuit number 3. This ticket offers the possibility of re-entering the complex. Circuit 4 + Huchuy Picchu Mountain: This ticket gives access to the alternative route of Huchuy Picchu Mountain.
However, access to the City consists solely of circuit number 4. This entry has 9 times. The first from 06:00 to 07:00 and the last from 14:00 to 15:0 ABOUT ALTERNATIVE ROUTES With the reopening of the archaeological complex and the new regulations, new accesses were regulated. And with the reopening of the mountains Machu Picchu, Huayna Picchu and Huchuy Picchu, a new rule has been opted for.
On the alternative route to Machu Picchu mountain, only 400 seats per day are available. Of these, they are divided into two main layers. The first shift would be from 6:00 to 7:00 and the second from 8:00 to 9:00. Those who choose this route must go directly to the Machu Picchu mountain path after entering. Once the excursion is over, they leave the monument along the same route. This ticket is the only one with a return option. Of course, as long as only circuit number 3 of Llaqta is chosen.
The Huayna Picchu alternative route will only have 200 seats per day. All areas are divided into 4 main floors. The first hour from 06:00 to 07:00 and the second hour from 08:00 to 09:00 Finally, the third shift will be from 10:00 to 11:00 and the fourth from 12:00 to 13:00. , although those who choose this route can only take route number 4. This ticket does not have the possibility of re-entering the monument. As you will see, you can still taste alternatives to Machu Picchu, but with the indicated routes.
RULES TO RESPECT
- It is also a good idea to keep the following considerations in mind. These rules were already in place before the pandemic situation.
- But that doesn’t mean we have to stop respecting them. These apply to all visitors and guides.
- backpacks or bags larger than 40 x 35 x 20 centimeters. Lockers are available at the door for oversized luggage. You can not enter with food or utensils.
- You cannot enter with illegal substances, alcohol or aerosols. It is not allowed to enter with umbrellas.
- You cannot enter with camera tripods or selfie sticks.
- Pets are not allowed, with the exception of guide dogs. Entrance with musical instruments is not allowed.
- Children’s shoes are not allowed to enter, only backpacks that do not contain metal. You can enter with tennis or walking shoes, heels are not allowed. It is not allowed to enter with weapons of any kind.
- Metal canes are not allowed. Walking or climbing any structure or wall in Machu Picchu is prohibited.
- It is forbidden to remove or deface the structures of Machu Picchu.
- It is forbidden to remove flora or fauna from the enclosure. Smoking is prohibited in the ruins.
- It is not allowed to feed the animals. It is not possible to use drones or any other type of aircraft.
- It is not possible to make films or documentaries without prior authorization.
- You must not enter any part of the website that is taboo.
- In short, the new entrances and gates prepared by the government are a way to avoid crowds.
- With the continued reopening of various archaeological sites and complexes, it is important to do justice to the situation.
- We hope that this article has been able to facilitate the understanding of the new rules to visit Machu Picchu.
- Together with the Machu Travel Peru team, we hope to have been of help.
- If you want to know more about our different tours to the Inca Citadel, do not hesitate to consult with our team of qualified consultants.
- They will be happy to help you make the trip of your dreams come true.
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