Machu Picchu is Peru’s top tourist attraction and one of the most visited sites in the world. If you’re planning a trip to see this wonder, you may have heard that you need to book your entrances in advance. Many travel agencies make lots of money re-selling tickets online and in Cusco. Since there is a limit of tourists allowed in Machu Picchu ( 2500 per day ), it is recommendable to get the tickets in advance because 1. they are not sold on Machu Picchu itself and 2. tickets may be sold out on the dates you require (usually between the months of June and August).
There are different ways to get the tickets:
Buy your tickets from a travel agency: this would be the most expensive alternative since many of them are charging even double the price of the tickets. However, this may be the only choice available if tickets are sold out.
Buy your tickets in Cusco: you can go to the Ministerio de Cultura (Ministry of Culture) at Casa Garcilaso on Calle Garcilaso in Cusco and buy your tickets personally (open Monday to Saturday from 7:00 am to 8:00 pm). Remember to bring your passport and your ISIC card if you’re a student. They accept both cash and credit cards.
Buy your tickets in Aguas Calientes: Go to Direccion Regional de Cultura in Aguas Calientes right off the main square in Av. Pachacutec (Open Monday to Sunday from 5:00 am to 10:00 pm). Remember to bring your passport and your ISIC student card if it applies to you. They accept only cash in this office. I recommend taking all the money you need in Cusco since the ATM’s in Aguas Calientes charges higher fees.
Buy your tickets in Lima or any other Peruvian city: make your reservation online on http://www.machupicchu.gob.pe/ and then go to any Banco de la Nacion (Peruvian national bank) in the country with your reservation number, and pay. You need to know some Spanish to explain yourself, though.
Buy your tickets online: go to http://www.machupicchu.gob.pe/ (be a little patient because the site takes a while to load). Choose between the Spanish, British, Portuguese or Italian flags to customize the language, follow the steps and fill out your credit card information. Print out your receipt and tickets, and email it to yourself so you can recover them easily.
Tickets prices for 2017:
Machu Picchu main ground:
Entrance to the main ruins that you see in the typical photos. You can spend the whole day in Machu Picchu if you wish.
Machu Picchu vespertino (afternoon shift):
Adult: $30 USD (100 Soles)
Student: $15 USD (50 Soles)
Child (0-12 years): $12 USD (40 Soles)
Entrance to the main ruins at 1.00 pm. You have only some hours to visit the ruins since they close at 5:00 pm.
Machu Picchu and Montaña (Mountain) Machu Picchu:
( These are the current prices for 2016. The 2017 prices are not yet available for Machu Picchu and Montaña )
Adult: $ USD (152 Soles)
Student: $ USD (77 Soles)
Child (8-17 years): $ USD (70 Soles)
Entrance to the main ruins and the smaller mountain. The mountain is 7,874ft/2,400m high, it is less busy and has no ruins. You need to choose between to time slots to climb: 7-8 am, and 9-10 am.
Machu Picchu, Huayna Picchu, and Temple of the Sun:
Adult: $59 USD (200 Soles)
Student: $35 USD (119 Soles)
Child (8-17 years): $33 USD (112 Soles)
Entry to the taller mountain Huayna Picchu which is 8,923ft/2,720m high. You will have breathtaking views and be able to visit the Temple of the Sun and ruins at the top. You need to choose between 7-8 am and 10-11am to climb the mountain.
Finally, If you lose your tickets or need to do any change or cancelation, contact the Ministry of Culture, preferably in person, although you can try contacting them to +51 (084) 582030 or to the email: firstname.lastname@example.org.
I hope this information was useful to you, and I wish you a happy trip to the great Inca city of Machu Picchu!
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