Machu Picchu

Where is located?

Machu Picchu, which in Spanish means «old mountain», is the most famous Inca citadel in the world. Located 110 kilometers northeast of Cusco, in the province of Urubamba, this architectural jewel is surrounded by temples, platforms and water channels.

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How to get to Machu Picchu from Cusco?

Getting to Machu Picchu by train

Taking a train to Aguas Calientes and spending the night there before an early start the next day – trekking up the mountain to the ruins or boarding the shuttle bus that leaves every couple of minutes. Taking one of the trains back to Ollantaytambo before being dropped back to Cusco in a mini-bus is a very popular choice for visitors. Prices range from $200 to $350.

Forgoing a night in Aquas Calientes and leaving from Cusco at 4am to catch the first train to the town at the base of the mountain Machu Picchu is situated atop of. Take the shuttle bus up to the entrance and spend some hours exploring the complex before returning to Cusco in the same manner. Prices range from $200 to $300.

Getting to Machu Picchu by bus 

Taking a bus from Cusco all the way to Hidroelectrica (the last train stop before Aquas Calientes). From here it is a flat 3 hour trek alongside the train tracks to Aguas Calientes. Spend the night there before an early start the next day – trekking up the mountain to the ruins or boarding the shuttle bus that leaves every couple of minutes. After visiting Machu Picchu descend the mountain and walk back along the train lines to Hidroelectrica before the long drive back to Cusco.  Prices range from $150 to $200.

Which is the best time of the year to travel to Machu Picchu?

The best time to visit Machu Picchu is during the dry season, between April and October; the sun shines all day and there is almost no rain, allowing you to do, without much care, the treks to the mountains of Machu Picchu, to get the best aerial views of the Inca city with the blue sky in the background. However, during the dry season, there is also the «high season of tourism», so you will have a lot of company. This season makes entrance tickets to Machu Picchu, train tickets and hotels, must be booked at least 3 months in advance. If you want experiences like the Inca Trail or the Huayna Picchu Mountain, you will have to reserve your income 6 months before.

Visiting Machu Picchu

Your passport and identity document must be valid at the moment of entering Machu Picchu otherwise you will not be allowed to enter the Sanctuary.

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.

Find out everything you need to know about Machu Picchu Tickets.

Machu Picchu Solo Ticket

The «Machu Picchu Solo Ticket» will allow you to tour the ancient Inca City of Machu Picchu (a guided tour will take an average of two hours) and is undoubtedly one of the most amazing cultural and spiritual experiences that exist.

Machu Picchu Ticket + Huayna Picchu

The Machu Picchu + Huayna Picchu Ticket offers one of the most amazing and desired experiences in Machu Picchu. The Huayna Picchu Mountain keeps one of Machu Picchu’s most famous unknowns «the mysterious temple of the moon». It can be visited by people aged 12 and up, (in the company of an adult); by single people and in company.

Machu Picchu Ticket + Mountain

In addition to knowing the Inca city, the ticket Machu Picchu + Mountain will give you the opportunity to explore ancient trails of the Machu Picchu Mountain on which the city is built; The views of Machu Picchu from the Machu Picchu Mountain are impressive, and will change as you ascend.

Machu Picchu Ticket + Museum

The ticket Machu Picchu + Museum allows you to visit, in addition to the Inca city of Machu Picchu, the site museum Manuel Chávez Ballón.

The Manuel Chávez Ballón Site Museum will show you the remains found in the most recent excavations; but also some objects found by Hiram Bingham himself in the excavations of his discovery in 1911. We recommend you to visit the museum, before entering Machu Picchu, to understand why the mystery behind the construction of Machu Picchu persists.

Machu Picchu tickets price

General rate for foreign visitors 
Ticket Adult Student Child
Machu Picchu Solo
PEN 152
PEN 77
PEN 70
Machu Picchu Ticket + Huayna Picchu
PEN 200
PEN 125
PEN 118
Machu Picchu ticket + Mountain
PEN 200
PEN 125
PEN 118
Machu Picchu ticket + Museum
PEN 22
PEN 11
PEN 8

How to buy Machu Picchu tickets?

To buy the electronic ticket to Machupicchu follow the following steps:

  • Make the reservation through the web page: www.machupicchu.gob.pe, consigning the date of visit, personal data and the route to visit. (Remember that this reservation is valid for 3 hours).
  • Once the reservation is made you can pay the amount online using a VISA credit card that has the Verifed by Visa security system or cancel the amount in one of the authorized offices.
  • Once the payment has been made, you must go back to the website www.machupicchu.gob.pe and enter the Check In tab where you must enter the reservation code number to print the entry ticket to Machupicchu according to the selected modality.

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