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Cusco & The Sacred Valley, Peru

Cusco is perfect for exploring on foot and what better way to soak up the atmosphere than to wander around ancient streets amidst bowler-hatted locals with their voluminous skirts, little ones cuddled up in colourful shawls on their mother’s backs. There are lots of things to see and do, including the popular chocolate museum with 'make your own chocolate’ workshops- always a hit with children. Don’t miss San Cristobal Plaza, the Cathedral, Saint Peter's market and the Koricancha Temple as well as the artistic Saint Blas quarter, Hatun Rumiyoc Street and the Archbishop’s Palace.

Machu Picchu, Credit Anton Ivanov, Shutterstock

 

For those interested in ancient history, there is no shortage of archaeological sites in Cusco and the surrounding areas, including Sacsayhuaman,an impressive citadel surrounded by beautiful scenery, the Inca shrine of Qenqo, with its impressive altar embedded in rock, the Puca Pucara watchtower and Tambomachay, a monument of architectural excellence, considered one of the pillars of the Andean view of the world.

Most visitors do of course, come to see the iconic Machu Picchu, easily reached by train from either Cusco or the Sacred Valley via Aguas Calientes, from where you have a short transfer by bus. There are train options for all, the most popular being the Vistadome and the famous Hiram Bingham, now owned by Belmond (formerly Orient Express), if you are intent on arriving in style.

Entrance regulations for Machu Picchu from July 2017

In order to preserve the historic sanctuary of Machu Picchu, the government authorities have implemented a new entry regime as follows:

There are two windows to enter the citadel:

Morning:
From 06:00 to 12:00 hrs.

Afternoon:
From 12:00 to 17:30 hrs.

The maximum time you will be allowed to spend in Machu Picchu is 4 hours, timed from your first entry. Any visitor to Machu Picchu, Montaña Machu Picchu and Huayna Picchu must be accompanied by an official tour guide (maximum 16 people/ guide). Tour guides will follow specially designed paths. 

FAQs

Can I change the window, e.g. from morning to afternoon, once I have my entry ticket?

No, you cannot. The ticket schedule is fixed.

With this new system, can I return with the same ticket after lunch?

No, unlike the previous system, visitors can only enter the site during their specified window, unless they have bought tickets for the morning and afternoon.

If I want to spend more time in Machu Picchu, can I buy a ticket for the subsequent window?

Yes, it is possible to buy an additional ticket, which also needs to be part of a tour guide service in Machu Picchu, and it should be connected to the bus tickets, if that is the case.

How does it work if I buy tickets for the morning and afternoon for the same day?

As well as purchasing two different tickets, you will have to exit the citadel when the first window ends, and then, return for the following window. Eg: If you enter in the morning, you need to exit and pass control checks again to visit in the afternoon. Your stay has a time limit of 4 hours and the closing time is 5:30 PM. Do check the last bus departure to Machu Picchu town (Aguas Calientes).

If I spend the night in Machu Picchu after a regular visit, can I decide to visit again the next day without advance booking?

You can buy tickets at the citadel, but due to limited availability, we recommend buying in advance and adding them to your tour package. You must be accompanied by a tour guide at all times.

Is it possible to visit the citadel independently?

No, you will need an official tour guide and you must enter and exit the citadel with the same guide.

Is it better to make reservations for Machu Picchu in advance?

Yes! Machu Picchu is a world class wonder and there is limited availability, so we recommend making your travel arrangements in advance to guarantee a great experience. We hope that the authorities will be flexible when implementing this new system.

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