The ancient ruins of Machu Picchu is one of the wonders of the world, visited every day by thousands of people. The Cusco Tourism Board (DIRCETUR) has just announced that it will be implementing a new entrance program, in order to regulate crowds and preserve this historic attraction.
As of July 1, 2017 there will be two entrance times to choose from when visiting the Citadel of Machu Picchu:
New Entrance Times:
Entrance 1: 6:00 AM - 12:00 PM
Entrance 2: 12:00 PM - 5:30 PM
Moving forward, visitors will have to select which entrance slot they would like to attend. Both options have their perks and draw backs. For example, the morning visit showcases the mist rolling through the ruins, causing the majestic feeling that you are in a fortress within the clouds. However, by the afternoon entrance, the mist has typically burned off, revealing dramatic panoramic views of the surrounding mountains and uncovering the impressive scope of the region.
Keep in mind that if you are visiting the ruins on a day tour from Cusco or the Sacred Valley, we recommend choosing the afternoon tour, as it will give you more time to explore and appreciate the ruins at your leisure.
If you would like, you can also spend the night in Machu Picchu Pueblo, to catch the morning tour of the ruins at first light the following day.
The Huayna Picchu permits will still be offered at 7:00 AM and 10:00 AM, though we recommend 7:00 AM option.
Trekking on the Inca Trail? Don't worry, you're all set. In our 5 day Inca Trail itinerary you will arrive to Machu Picchu Pueblo in the evening, and then head back up to the ruins early the next morning. This will allow for the maximum amount of time to tour the ancient citadel.