If you are not going to buy your tickets through one of the Machu Picchu tour operators, and you want to buy them on your own, this blog is for you.
Many years ago there were only two types of entrance to Machu Picchu one for the archaeological monument and another for the Inca Trail. With the progressive increase of visitors, the Ministry of Culture has created several types of tickets to distribute to people in different areas of the complex. Every year it publishes its resolution with the new prices. Here I reach the rates 2018:
Machu Picchu + Huayna Picchu
Machu Picchu + Machu Picchu Mountain
Machu Picchu + Museum
Machu Picchu entrance fee: Allows entry to the Inca citadel but without climbing any of the surrounding mountains.
Machu Picchu and Huayna Picchu Tickets: Allows entry to the citadel and climb the mountain Huayna Picchu, the best known and frequented by tourists. Here the trek has an unevenness of approximately 300 meters. You must choose which turn to go up:
1 shift: 7 am to 8am
2 shift: 10 am to 11 am
Machu Picchu plus Mountain: allows entry to the citadel and Machu Picchu mountain, the highest (3.061 m.s.) and also the least frequented. Take into account that it is a walk with a difference of approximately 500 meters.
Adult Tickets: Machupicchu.gob.pe Here they are reserved and can be paid online with VISA card or make the payment in the Banco de la Nación. The reservation lasts only 3 hours.
Student Tickets: must be purchased at the offices of the Ministry of Culture Cusco (Garcilaso Street S / N Museum Garcilaso House from Monday to Saturday from 07:00 a.m. to 7.30 p.m.)
The Inca Trail ticket does not include Huayna Picchu, and if people want to visit it they can not pay an additional one. Unfortunately, they have to buy the ticket for Machu Picchu plus Huayna Picchu, which is why it is so expensive. We called the Regional Office of Culture of Cusco, and they told us that a resolution has not yet come out to change that DOUBLE PAYMENT that has no reason to be. Hopefully, soon.
The ticket only lasts 1 day, which is the day selected when the online reservation was made. No refunds of money except in case the Ministry of Culture prohibits entry to the archaeological site. It is possible to change the name and date of the ticket but you have to pay penalties:
Many are the routes that take you to Machu Picchu, but none is like the Inca Trail Tours, the most famous pedestrian path in the Americas. After flying from the capital of Perú, Lima, you will arrive in Cusco to walk for four days along a path through forests and dense fog, millenary stone steps and discovering the ruins of ancient fortifications and Inca cities, and all the time enjoying majestic views.
The best season is during the dry season, which covers the months April to the end of September. In October the rains begin and you can find Machu Picchu covered by clouds. If you travel in June, we recommend you to book the Inti Raymi 2020 Tour that takes place in June 24th, and also hike the Palcoyo Mountain Tour, which is an incredible Rainbow Mountain located in the Andes.