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opening hours to visit Machu Picchu

All you need to know to visit Machu Picchu in 2020

According to the Ministerial Resolution No. 070-2017-MC, the Ministry of Culture, following the conservation rules and guidelines for the sustainable use for the conservation of Machu Picchu, established new opening hours to enter the Inca City of Machu Picchu.

All our Machu Picchu tours are updated with these new schedules.

To ensure a better flow of visitors, the INC added extra opening hours, the new schedules applies to local and foreign tourists.

Tickets for Machu Picchu only

Entry tickets issued to see Machu Picchu only but not Machu Picchu Montaña or neither Huayna Picchu.

You will need to choose an entry time (mornings are normally pack with visitors, afternoons are less crowded but doesn’t give you the chance to hike Huayna Picchu or Montaña Machu Picchu ).

Four hours is the total time allowed to explore the site.

Entry time

Schedule

Machu Picchu only

Huayna Picchu mountain

Montaña mountain

1st schedule
6:00 - 8:00

6:00
7:00
8:00

7:00 - 8:00
7:00 - 8:00
9:00 - 10:00

7:00 - 8:00
7:00 - 8:00
9:00 - 10:00

2nd schedule
9:00 - 11:00

9:00
10:00
11:00

No available hikes

No available hikes

3rd schedule
12:00 - 14:00

12:00
13:00
14:00

No available tickets

No available tickets

Schedule 1

  • From 6:00
  • From 7:00
  • From 8:00

Schedule 2

  • From 9:00
  • From 10:00
  • From 11:00

Schedule 3

  • From 12:00
  • From 13:00
  • From 14:00

Schedules for tickets including Huayna Picchu mountain, Montaña Machu Picchu and Inca museum

We believe that these new changes will allow a better control of visitors to access the complex and will provide a better experience when visiting Machu Picchu.

These new schedules will also affect the entry hours for tickets including hikes to Huayna Picchu, Montaña and Inti Punku.

Machu Picchu citadel + Huayna Picchu mountain

Huayna Picchu (Young Peak) the mountain that lies behind the Machu Picchu complex is open for you who wish to climb (290 meters – 951 feet high above Machu Picchu citadel) to gain phenomenal view over the complex. It takes about 2 hours to climb up and down. The maximum time that you are allowed to stay in Machu Picchu  and Huayna Picchu is 6 hours

Over 5000 spaces are available to enter Machu Picchu every day and only 400 tickets are available each day to hike Huayna Picchu mountain, therefore it is highly recommended to get your ticket as far in advance as possible.

Entry times

  • Group 6 am : Entrance to Huayna Picchu between 7 am – 8 am
  • Group 7 am : Entrance to Huayna Picchu between 7 am – 8 am
  • Group 8 am : Entrance to Huayna Picchu between 10:00 am – 11:00

Machu Picchu citadel + Machu Picchu Montaña mountain

Machu Picchu Montaña (Old mountain) is located at 652 meters – 2139 feet above Machu Picchu complex offers another alternative for those who couldn’t get tickets for Huayna Picchu and for those who want a less demand hiking alternative besides Huayna Picchu. It takes about 3 to 3 hours and a half hours round trip in a less steeply, wider and less frightening trail than Huayna Picchu.

Luckily, there are 800 tickets available each day to hike to Machu Picchu Montaña mountain but still we recommend you to buy your  ticket with at least 2 months in advance.  The maximum time that you are allowed to stay inside Machu Picchu and Montaña Machu Picchu is 7 hours.

Entry times

  • Group 6 am : Entrance to Huayna Picchu between 7 am – 8 am
  • Group 7 am : Entrance to Huayna Picchu between 7 am – 8 am
  • Group 8 am : Entrance to Huayna Picchu between 9:00 am – 10:00

Machu Picchu citadel + Museum

Opening hours to visit the Manual Chavez Ballon museum is 7:00 to 16:00. Close on Sundays.

About the Author
I am Boris Rojas is one of River Explorers owners and author of all the texts you find on the website and on social media. With my blog posts, I hope that you will learn more about Peru and be inspired to SELF to start arranging YOUR OWN unforgettable journey to the ancient kingdom of the Incas! See you on the blog, on Facebook, and maybe even "in real life".

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