Machu Picchu, one of the Seven Wonders of the World, draws millions of visitors each year. Wandering the ruins and contemplating the mystery that surrounds the Incan site is high on many people's bucket list. As it is a highly sought after destination, visitor numbers have grown from around 100,000 per year in the 1980s, to nearly 1.4 million travelers in 2014. This much traffic has taken its toll on the site.
In order to manage crowding and to protect the archaeological site, there will be new admission rules starting July 1, 2017. Peruvian authorities have been planning the changes for some time and after consulting local and international operators they decided that ticket sales will be divided into morning (8:00-12:00pm) and afternoon (12:00pm-5:30pm) visits instead of all-day visits. At this time, no changes to ticket prices have been announced. We do expect that there will be an "all day" ticket option although it will likely be more expensive. This policy change also applies to Huayna Picchu and Machu Picchu Mountain.
Authorities hope that this will ease the wear and tear around the citadel and better preserve the ruins, making it a richer experience for future travelers. We support the government's decision and applaud their efforts to preserve this incredible site. The new policy still allows visitors to explore the site in its entirety and will hopefully keep it open for many years to come.
Your friendly South America expert,