Peru’s Government Implements New Regulations To Restrict Entrance Into Machu Picchu

Tom Malone/Adventure Tribune
With more and more tourists flooding into Machu Picchu, the Peruvian government has cut traveler access into the ancient Incan site to preserve its authenticity.

Each year, the amount of people that flock to Peru to visit Machu Picchu increases dramatically. As a result, the ancient site is at risk to lose its historical and archaeological integrity. So, the Peruvian government stepped in.

Originally instituted on July 1st, 2017 by the Peruvian Ministry of Culture, these new laws and regulations determine who can enter the ancient Incan citadel in the Andes and aim to decrease the amount of people that can enter, along with restricting the time allowed within its walls.

“As an UNESCO World Heritage Site since December 9th, 1983, Machu Picchu entrance tickets were limited to 2,500 per day,” according to Sebrin Elms of The Clumsy Traveler. “However, daily visitors far exceed that number with ticket sales showing closer to 4,000 entrances per day!”

During its use as an Incan city (probably a refuge for royalty), Machu Picchu was intended to support 1,000 people. With the new regulations in place, the Peruvian Ministry of Culture aims to allow closer to that number within the ancient city’s walls each day.

The new rules are as follows:

1. Two Time Slots
Machu Picchu visitors can access the city during two phases - morning or afternoon. The morning shift runs from 6:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m., and the afternoon shift runs from 12:00 p.m. to 5:30 p.m. No exceptions.

2. Book With An Official Tour Group
Solo access to Machu Picchu is going to be extremely limited under the new rules. Your best option is to book your tickets through an official Machu Picchu tour guide or tour group. Prior to the new rule changes, we used Salkantay Trekking and had an incredible five-day adventure through the Andes that culminated with Machu Picchu at sunrise.

3. Follow Your Given Route
Under the new rules, Machu Picchu visitors will be given one of three routes to follow while exploring the city; the purpose of this process is to preserve the integrity of the archaeological site, and to limit traffic jams within the city itself.

4. No Re-Entry
The new regulations prohibit re-entry into the city. Once you’ve left the city gates, you’re not allowed to come back in.

Though the new rules seem strict compared to the previous limited regulations, the purpose of these laws will protect the ancient city so that future adventures will be able to experience the thrill of visiting one of the Seven Wonders of the World for years to come.

Though travelers are more limited when it comes to Machu Picchu, an adventure to the city is still possible with a little planning. Don’t let the new rules deter you from the adventure of a lifetime.


Tom Malone is the Editor-In-Chief of The Adventure Tribune and author of adventure novels, like Across Americana. He is based in Denver, Colorado, where he adventures through the Rocky Mountains while not traveling abroad.
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