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Machu Picchu: The Ultimate Guide 2019

Visit Machu Picchu: my best advice!

A must-see for a tour in Peru and the greatest symbol of the Inca civilization, its name means “old mountain” in Quechua.

Named one of the 7 new wonders of the world, Machu Picchu is now Peru’s # 1 attraction and one of the most important archaeological sites in South America.

Here is our complete Guide, updated in 2019 with all the new practical information, to know how to visit Machu Picchu:

How to choose and buy tickets, understand new groups, how to get to Machu Picchu by train, trek or on foot, how long to plan on the site, what to see and do on the site Machu Picchu … and much more!

So, how to visit Machu Picchu? Where to buy tickets? Or sleep?

1. All about tickets
How to choose the right ticket?

Here is everything you need to know about the different tickets to Machu Picchu. There are 3 * ticket types for Machu Picchu:

Machu Picchu
Machu Picchu + Huayna Picchu
Machu Picchu + Mountain Machu Picchu

* In reality there is a 4th ticket which is the museum of Machu Picchu, which does not include the entrance to Machu Picchu and is not located on the citadel. Buy it directly at the museum entrance if you decide to visit it, it’s better.
Machu Picchu Ticket

This ticket only gives access to the site of Machu Picchu.

When buying, you must choose the time of entry:


Morning tickets are the most popular and fly away faster so do not wait until the last minute to buy it!
Machu Picchu ticket with Huayna Picchu

The Huayna Picchu or Wayna Picchu is the mountain behind all the classic photos of the site. It rises up to 2700m above sea level and from the top, we get an impressive bird’s-eye view of the site.

Is the Huayna Picchu difficult?

The climb is quite demanding and constant, with stairs, as well as narrow and steep paths. So yes, you have to be fit to ride it.

If you suffer from vertigo, it is better to avoid this climb because you may not necessarily have a good time. On the other hand, for a good dose of adrenaline, it is the ideal choice!

The round trip is done in 2h-2h30

When buying, choose:

Entry on the site at 6am and Wayna Picchu 7h-8h
Entry on the site at 7am and Wayna Picchu 7h-8h
Entry on the site at 8am and Wayna Picchu 10h-11h

As the Wayna Picchu is very popular, you must book several months in advance!
Machu Picchu Ticket with Machu Picchu Mountain

Do not confuse the Machu Picchu mountain with the Machu Picchu site. It is the mountain in front of Wayna Picchu.

It is higher than the latter (3082m) and offers another point of view on the site and the surroundings.

Is Machu Picchu Mountain difficult?

The route is longer, but less demanding than the Wayna Picchu, with more established trails, a less steep climb. It is a better option if you are traveling with children or are afraid of being dizzy.

Anyway at altitude, we lack of breath, so take your time to climb!

The round trip is in 3 hours.

Entrance to the site at 6am and Machu Picchu Mountain 7h-8h
Entrance to the site at 7am and Machu Picchu Mountain 7h-8h
Entrance to the site at 8am and Machu Picchu Mountain 9h-10h

The Machu Picchu Mountain is less touristy than the Wayna Picchu, but you still have to book a few weeks in advance.

What is the difference between Wayna Picchu and Machu Picchu Mountain?

If in addition to the information above, you want to know more to make the right choice of ticket, the best is to consult my comparative article between Huayna Picchu and Machu Picchu Mountain!
What does the time of entry on the ticket mean?

For Machu Picchu, this is the time from which one can enter.

For the Waynapicchu or Machu Picchu Mountain, this is the time slot in which you must absolutely arrive.

For example with a ticket Machu Picchu 6h + Wayna Picchu 7h-8h: I can access the site of Machu Picchu from 6am, but I must absolutely start the ascent of the Waynapicchu between 7am and 8am.
How to buy tickets for Machu Picchu?

Tickets can be purchased online or on site
Buy Machu Picchu ticket online easily

It can be complicated to buy Machu Picchu tickets on the official Machu Picchu website because it is sometimes slow and there are some bugs that happen from time to time that prevent online purchase.

It even happens that some do not receive confirmation of their tickets!

If you want to avoid this hassle, there is a slightly more expensive, but very effective and fast alternative, which is to go through GetYourGuide, an intermediary platform that allows you to buy official tickets for Machu Picchu.

3 types of tickets are available, to buy them, just click on the buttons below.

Machu Picchu + Huayna Picchu Ticket

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