If you were planning a Machu Picchu tour for this year, you might need to revise your plans. In part due to the enormous influx of visitors to Machu Picchu this past month in celebration of the centennial of the great mountain’s discovery, the Ministry of Culture of Peru has made some changes to its rules about traveling to Machu Picchu.
The first change in the Machu Picchu tourism rules is that visitors are capped off at 2500 per day. The park seldom reaches max capacity, but it’s important to book your tour to Machu Picchu and get your Machu Picchu entrance tickets well in advance, especially if you are planning on traveling during the peak Machu Picchu travel season (June-August).
The second update is that the hike to Huaynu Picchu, the mountain looming above the ruins of Machu Picchu, is no longer included in the price of the Machu Picchu entrance ticket. Instead, those adventurous trekkers who want to go the extra distance up the cliff must pay an extra sum. Please note that tickets to hike Huyanu Picchu must be purchased ahead of time; don’t wait until you get to the entrance to decide if you want to do the hike. Also, only 400 people per day are allowed to trek Huaynu Picchu, with the trailhead opening only at 7am-8am and 10am-11am. So if you purchase a trail ticket, make sure to be punctual.
This change in regulations comes shortly after the entrance of Machu Picchu was blocked off by upset visitors, who were told that the park had reached max capacity and were turned away.
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