Machu Picchu: opening hours and ticket prices

Machu Picchu, Peru
At this point we are not going to discover anything talking about the beauty of Machu Picchu . Everyone knows that it is one of the most spectacular natural monuments on the planet, one of those places that you have to try to visit at least once in your life.

If you are planning a trip to the Eastern Cordillera of southern Peru, which is where it is located, I recommend you not to miss anything of what I tell you below, since I will tell you about the schedules and the prices of the tickets, in addition to explain how you can get there.

Tickets are not unlimited

Millions of tourists come to Machu Picchu year after year, and they do so with the hope of getting an entrance that is not always available , since the growing demand has forced to configure a limit of 3,267 entrances in the first shift and another 3,267 entrances on the second shift. In addition, there are also 400 tickets divided into two groups to visit Machu Picchu + Huayna Picchu, and another 800 tickets to visit Machu Picchu + Machu Picchu Mountain.


How much does an entry cost?

The price of a ticket varies depending on whether you are a foreigner or from the Andean Community (Colombia, Bolivia and Ecuador).

Prices for foreigners
Adult: 63 euros
Student (no older than 25 years): 37 euros
Child (8-17 years): 37 euros

Andean Community Prices
Adult: 33 euros
Student (no older than 25 years): 24 euros
Child (8-17 years): 24 euros

These prices, which are to see only Machu Picchu, include both the 18% IGV (General Sales Tax) and the credit card commission (6%). They are prices taken from the website

If you also want to see the Huayna Picchu mountain, you must add 14 euros to the rates provided above in the case of prices for foreigners. The same happens if in addition to Machu Picchu you want to see the Machu Picchu mountain , which is located right in front of Huayna Picchu and is less demanding than it while still offering incredible views. Finally, the Machu Picchu + Museum option costs 69 euros for adults and 40 euros for the rest.

Of course, Peruvians pay less even than tourists belonging to the Andean Community (27 euros to see only Machu Picchu, for example).


How do I get to Machu Picchu?

As a general rule, it could be said that you have four ways to get to what Hiram Bingham baptized as the lost city of the Incas.

1- Through the route called the Inca Trail, which has a version of two days and another of four. Of course, there are also other versions of the Inca Trail that are completed in more days.

2- By alternative routes such as Salkantay Trek, of 4 or 5 days, Inca Jungle, of 3 or 4 days, or Choquequirao, which are at least 8 days. Whichever you choose, you will end up in the town of Santa Teresa and from there you can get to Machu Picchu by a hydroelectric route.

3- By train. PerúRail and Inca Rail take you there every day. Of course, the ideal is to book a little in advance, since tickets tend to run out.

4- ByCar is the option for those who prefer to go from Bus Cusco to Hidroeléctrica, which implies about 7 hours of travel. From there you have to walk about 3 hours to reach Aguas Calientes, where you must spend the night to resume the march the next day to be at Machu Picchu, something that can be done on foot (an hour and a half away) or by bus. (It runs every 5 minutes, costs $ 12 each way and takes about 20 minutes).

From Machu Picchu, you get to Huayna Picchu in about an hour, while Machu Picchu mountain is 2 and a half hours away.

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