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new rule - regarding guides and re-entry?

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new rule - regarding guides and re-entry?

Has anyone visited MP with mountain hike after the new rules? Or if there's anyone who is knowledgeable about the current situation....

I saw a previous discussion here on TripAdvisor but it's still very confusing, and no current update.

My question:

If I would like to hire a guide to tour the citadel AFTER the MP mountain hike, do I leave the MP site and re-enter to hire a guide on site?

I don't think there is bathroom facilities inside, but can I leave to use the bathroom and re-enter?

(I read somewhere about the new rule that doesn't allow re-entry at all!)

What's the wait time for bus like in Aqua Caliente in November? I would like to do the hike at 9am, coming from Ollantaytambo, and stay overnight in AC after visiting MP. But I need to figure out how early I need to be there for the bus so won't miss the entry time.

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1. Re: new rule - regarding guides and re-entry?

If you want up to date information about visiting MP I strongly suggest you visit this web site : andeantravelweb.com/peru/…index.html

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Thanks. I went to check out this site. The buying entrance ticket section has not been updated....

I am most concerned with bathroom breaks (re-entry)... and getting guides. These are very trivial details so I don't think this will be mentioned on such big blogs....

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3. Re: new rule - regarding guides and re-entry?

I was there in July... Bathroom are outside the ruins. You were allowed to leave to use the washroom and reenter once during your visit

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Thanks Amanda!

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I believe the new rules are still not being enforced but if they are by the time you get there: if you climb MP Montana you are allowed 7 hours at the site and you can visit the site itself with a guide before or after your hike. So if you want to do it after the hike you would go back to the entrance to get a guide (or maybe you will even be escorted to the entrance).

We did not take the bus (we walked up) but apparently sometimes you won't wait more than 5 minutes and sometimes up to an hour (November is not high season). The bus ride takes 25 minutes or so. Then you might have to line up to get into MP. Then you have to walk to the start of the MP Montana hike (I am not sure how long that took... 30 minutes?). But if you buy the 9-10 am time slot you can start hiking between 9 and 10 am. Just don't get to the start of the trail later than 10. We loved it.

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6. Re: new rule - regarding guides and re-entry?

Thanks Sonia. Hopefully the rules won't be reinforced when I am there mid Nov.

I didn't even take into account the walk to MP mountain and entrance line up... Thanks for the reminder. It looks like the last train I will need to take is 6:10am, arriving at 7:40am. Check into hotel around 8am. And I may still not make it, if the bus lineup is long.... I may have to stay two nights at Aqua Caliente... :(

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The rules were being enforced when I was there so I wouldn't count on then not being enforced. They wouldn't let us in until our guide came through with us, there were people ensuring everyone was going the right way on the paths (they blow whistles and yell at you!), people were cleared out at noon (for the am visit), and I talked to one woman who left 2x to use the washrooms and they wouldn't let her back in the 2nd time (they note it on your ticket when you reenter the 1st time).

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The 2nd day I went I had a ticket to the mountain (for 9am) and was allowed in at 7am without a guide, but I needed the ticket as proof. I ended up not climbing it because it was so cloud covered,so I wandered around by myself for a few hours with no issues, noone said anything to me.

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9. Re: new rule - regarding guides and re-entry?

@Amanda,

Did you see people without a guide having a hard time hiring one upon entry? And what's the price like? (I imagine it's racked up high if everyone is needing a guide)

I actually do prefer having a guide after the hike.

Thanks

And I guess I won't be drinking water....

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10. Re: new rule - regarding guides and re-entry?

You may want to get to AC the night before if these time limits are enforced. I've been there twice in November, it is still very crowded and have waited 10-30 min for an early bus, good news is you can buy the bus tickets the night before to save waiting on the ticket line. Definitely bring water if you plan to hike Huayna Picchu, I just stuff it in the bottom of my pack. Am hoping new rules still keep this place as magical as it has been in the past. Have a great trip!

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