IF YOU ARE PLANNING to visit Machu Picchu this year, you need to know about changes to the system that grants access to Machu Picchu city.
Countless people across the world are planning to visit Peru this summer. Some of them have already made reservations for their trips, while some are still deciding when to go. If you are one of those people who have yet to secure their plans, then the following information is of utmost importance for helping you plan your visit.
The purpose of this new set of rules, implemented in accordance with the Master Plan of the Historic Sanctuary of Machu Picchu, is to ensure a better flow of people to the site.
Entrance to the main attractions in Machu Picchu city now have two allocated entrance times. This means that visitors will only be permitted to enter Machu Picchu at the time they have been allotted and must exit the city by the time assigned.
The new Regulations of Sustainable Use and Touristic Visits for the Conservation of the Inca City of Machu Picchu establishes that from July 1, 2017, the following changes will take place:
The 1st entrance/departure times from 05:30 AM until 12:00 noon.
The 2nd entrance/departure times from 12:00 noon until 17:30 PM
The 1st entrance from 07:00 AM until 08:00 AM.
The 2nd entrance from 10:00 AM until 11:00 AM
Only 250 people per time can climb this mountain. The average time to go up and down this mountain is about 3 hours – and 4 hours if one wishes to visit the Great Cavern. People should exit the Huayna Picchu by 13:00 PM.
The 1st entrance from 07:00 AM until 08:00 AM
The 2nd entrance from 09:00 AM until 10:00 AM
Only 400 people per time can climb this mountain. The average time to go up and down this mountain is about 4 hours. People should exit the Machu Picchu mountain by 15:00 PM.
It is not known yet with certainty how these changes will affect visitors. Based on our experience we can foresee the following effects:
Based on these changes, the best way to go to Machu Picchu is the Short Inca trail, Because, on the one hand, this is ancient road is a beautiful way to get to the Sungate and Machu Picchu. On the other hand, people hiking the short Inca Trail will be able to visit Machu Picchu twice. At the end of day one of their hike, and when they return to Machu Picchu the following day.
When it comes to crowds, the afternoon shift will be less busy than the morning one – particularly during the “low season” months. People will have to choose between attempting to see the sunrise at Machu Picchu or be in the presence of fewer individuals at the site.
The Peruvian government has been implementing workshops and teach-ins with people involved in the travel market. The point of this is to correctly and gradually apply these changes without
causing too much discomfort on our visitors. Finally, throughout these teach-ins, the Peruvian government representatives have communicated that it will take between four and six months to enforce these new rules fully.
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