Explore the new Machu Picchu circuits starting June 2024

Starting June 1, 2024: Machu Picchu will have a new system with only 3 circuits for visitors, and during high season, there will be a stricter policy with only 45 minutes of tolerance for your designated circuit.

New Machu Picchu's circuits 2024
New circuits in Machu Picchu from June 2024

Important update regarding Machu Picchu Circuits

The Ministry of Culture of the Republic of Peru has recently implemented a significant change to the number of circuits available for visitors to Machu Picchu. Effective June 1, 2024, the number of circuits will be reduced from five to three. This modification aims to enhance the overall visitor experience at the Inca citadel of Machu Picchu.

Rationale behind the change

This adjustment seeks to optimize the flow of visitors and safeguard the integrity of one of the world's most esteemed cultural heritage sites. It also prioritizes the safety of tourists and the archaeological park itself.

Distribution of circuits

The Ministry of Culture in Cusco has structured the distribution of circuits as follows:

  • Machu Picchu (General) Ticket: Upon purchasing this ticket, you are granted the option to choose between circuits 1, 2, or 3.
  • Machu Picchu + Machupicchu Mountain Ticket: This ticket restricts you to circuit 1 and a visit to the specified attraction.
  • Machu Picchu + Sun Gate, "Inti Punku" Ticket: Similar to the previous ticket, this option limits you to circuit 1 and a visit to the designated attraction.
  • Machu Picchu + Inka Bridge Ticket: This ticket also confines you to circuit 1 and a visit to the specified attraction.
  • Machu Picchu + Wayna Picchu Ticket: This ticket restricts you to circuit 3 and a visit to the designated attraction.
  • Machu Picchu + Huchuy Picchu Ticket: Similar to the previous ticket, this option limits you to circuit 3 and a visit to the specified attraction.
  • Machu Picchu + Great Cavern Ticket: This ticket also confines you to circuit 3 and a visit to the designated attraction.
  • The Inca Trail (Short or Classic) + Machu Picchu Ticket: Holders of this ticket must follow circuit 3.

Additional considerations

  • Multiple Circuits: To explore two or more circuits, you will need to purchase multiple tickets.
  • Re-entry: Re-entry to Machu Picchu is not permitted once you have exited the park.
  • Ticket Sales: Machu Picchu tickets are not sold at the entrance to the park. Ensure you purchase your tickets in advance through authorized channels.

By implementing these changes, the Ministry of Culture aims to enhance the visitor experience at Machu Picchu while preserving this remarkable cultural heritage site for future generations.


Guided visit to Machu Picchu (Circuit 1)

New circuit 1 in Machu Picchu
Circuit 1 in Machu Picchu, effective June 1.

Places to visit on this circuit - Route 1-A:

  • Kallancas.
  • Upper Platform.
  • Guardian House (classic photo).
  • Mountain Machupicchu.

Approximate travel time: maximum 4 hours

Places to visit on this circuit - Route 1-B:

  • Kallancas.
  • Upper Platform.
  • Guardian House (classic photo).

Approximate travel time: maximum 2 hours

Places to visit on this circuit - Route 1-C (Available only in high season):

  • Kallancas.
  • Upper Platform.
  • Guardian House (classic photo).
  • Inti Punku Portal.

Approximate travel time: maximum 3 hours

Places to visit on this circuit - Route 1-D (Available only in high season):

  • Kallancas.
  • Upper Platform.
  • Guardian House (classic photo).
  • Inka Bridge.

Approximate travel time: maximum 2.5 hours


Guided visit to Machu Picchu (Circuit 2)

New circuit 2 in Machu Picchu
Circuit 2 in Machu Picchu, effective June 1

Places to visit on this circuit 2-A

  • Lower platform (Guardian's House).
  • Entry to the urban sector.
  • Quarry sector.
  • Viewpoint of the temple of the sun.
  • Botanical Garden.
  • Main temple.
  • Temple of the 3 windows.
  • Sacred Rock.
  • Eastern Qolcas.
  • Hall of mirrors or Temple of the condor.

Approximate travel time: maximum 2.5 hours


Guided visit to Machu Picchu (Circuit 3)

New circuit 3 in Machu Picchu
Circuit 3 in Machu Picchu, effective June 1

Places to visit on this circuit - Route 3-A:

  • Agricultural platforms.
  • Sacred Rock.
  • Wayna Picchu Mountain.
  • Qolqas sector.
  • Water mirror set.
  • Sun temple complex.
  • House of the Inka complex.
  • Temple of the 3 windows.
  • Enclosure of the Twelve Vanes.
  • Qolqas Sector.
  • Hall of mirrors or Temple of the condor.

Approximate travel time: maximum 3.5 hours

Places to visit on this circuit - Route 3-B:

  • Agricultural platforms.
  • Qolqas sector.
  • Water mirror set.
  • Sun temple complex.
  • House of the Inka complex.
  • Temple of the 3 windows.
  • Enclosure of the Twelve Vanes.
  • Qolqas Sector.
  • Hall of mirrors or Temple of the condor.

Approximate travel time: maximum 2 hours

Places to visit on this circuit - Route 3-C (Available only in high season):

  • Agricultural platforms.
  • Sacred Rock.
  • Great Cavern or The Moon Temple.
  • Qolqas sector.
  • Water mirror set.
  • Sun temple complex.
  • House of the Inka complex.
  • Temple of the 3 windows.
  • Enclosure of the Twelve Vanes.
  • Qolqas Sector.
  • Hall of mirrors or Temple of the condor.

Approximate travel time: maximum 3.5 hours

Places to visit on this circuit - Route 3-D (Available only in high season):

  • Agricultural platforms.
  • Sacred Rock.
  • Huchuy Picchu Mountain.
  • Qolqas sector.
  • Water mirror set.
  • Sun temple complex.
  • House of the Inka complex.
  • Temple of the 3 windows.
  • Enclosure of the Twelve Vanes.
  • Qolqas Sector.
  • Hall of mirrors or Temple of the condor.

Approximate travel time: maximum 2.5 hours

The establishment and implementation of routes outside the Inca citadel of Machu Picchu is a collaborative effort between the Ministry of Culture and the National Service of Natural Protected Areas (SERNANP), with input from the Ministry of Tourism (MINCETUR).

Requirements for Hiking Trails 1-A, 1-D, 3-A, and 3-C:

Participation in these hikes is entirely voluntary and requires a good level of physical fitness. Hikers must also meet the following requirements:

  • Minimum Age: Be at least 18 years old.
  • Adherence to Entry Schedule: Respect the designated entry time for the chosen trail.
  • Respecting Time Limits: Comply with the established time limits for both the duration of the hike and the departure time from the trail. Failure to adhere to these schedules can pose safety risks and place responsibility on both the hikers and the assigned guides.

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