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How To Buy Machu Picchu Tickets


How To Buy Machu Picchu Tickets

Now, one of the lesser but essential costs of visiting Machu Picchu is purchasing entrance tickets to the ruins. This must be done before arrival at the site, as tickets are not sold at Machu Picchu itself. There are several ways to purchase your tickets. Here's the 2022 prices and your options for buying!

All tickets are sold in time slots. Note that if you buy your tickets for 6:00AM, you can enter Machu Picchu between 6:00-7:00AM. If you are a bit late, they will usually still let you in. If you are significantly late, you will have to go back down to Aguas Calientes and buy a new ticket for a later time slot. All visits are now limited to a maximum of 4 hours, even if you buy the ticket for one of the extra mountain hikes.

Machu Picchu tickets are sold in Peruvian Nuevo Soles (PEN), whereas train and bus tickets to get to Machu Picchu are sold in dollars (USD). This is because the government controls archeological sites, but they have licensed the transportation to privately owned companies. Always check the current exchange rate for PEN because it changes frequently. As of time of writing, 1 USD was worth 4 PEN, which is the rate used for price estimates below.

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This provides entry to climb the taller mountain, Montaña Machu Picchu, which is 10,111ft/3,082m and provides a raised view of the ruins (pictured above, middle). This mountain is generally less busy but has no ruins and is a longer climb. You must choose between 2 time slots to start the hike, either 7-8AM or 9-10AM. Only 400 tickets are sold per day, divided equally for 200 tickets per time slot. You must do Circuit 3 with this ticket.

This provides entry to the shorter, busier mountain peak, Huchuy Picchu (8,923ft/2,720m). Here you'll have sweeping views (pictured above, right) and entry to the Temple of the Moon and ruins at the top. This trail is narrow, and some parts have a lot of exposure. It is not recommended for young children or people with a fear of heights. Officially, children must be at least 13 years old to purchase a ticket. You must choose between 4 time slots to start the hike, 6-7AM, 8-9AM, 10-11AM or 12AM-1PM. Only 200 tickets are sold per day, divided equally for 50 tickets per time slot. These tickets can sell out five to six months in advance. You must do Circuit 4 with this ticket.

New for 2022, this provides entry to the short hill next to Huayna Picchu (8,923ft/2,720m). Here you'll have views of the most important temples in Machu Picchu from above. You must choose between 9 time slots to start the climb, 6-7AM, 7-8AM, 8-9AM, 9-10AM, 10-11AM, 11-12AM, 12AM-1PM, 1-2PM, or 2-3PM. Only 200 tickets are sold per day. You must do Circuit 4 with this ticket.

While you can buy Machu Picchu entrance tickets in-person in Cusco, it's strongly advised to purchase ahead in the high season (June to September), as tickets can sell out. If your itinerary is tight or you're travelling in the busy season, it's wise to book ahead.

Though purchasing tickets yourself is cheapest, a hassle-free alternative is to buy from a reseller such as GetYourGuide. This provides instant confirmation on booking and no check-in required. You can also consider an affordable guided tour from Aguas Calientes, which includes your bus and entrance ticket.

In Aguas Calientes, tickets can be bought at the Machu Picchu Cultural Centre (Dirección Regional de Cultura Aguas Calientes Office). The address is Av. Pachacutec (just off the


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