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New timed tickets by the hour for 2019

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Hi all, I visited the government site to begin digging into ticket options and was confused to find that ticket options seemed to be tied to hourly entrance times as opposed to morning or afternoon entrances.

Lo and behold, after poking around online a bit, I found this notice on a Peruvian travel agency site (https:/…23362c):

"Machu Picchu can no longer be visited either in the morning (Group 1 from 6am to 12pm) or in the afternoon (Group 2 from 12pm to 5.30pm). In order to relieve the site, the Government has decided to divide the days into 3 groups of 3 tours each. We will simplify by saying that from January 1, 2019 the visit to Machu Picchu will be according to 9 different entry schedules that must be chosen at the time of booking. These entry schedules are from 6am to 3pm per 1 hour period, which means that the visitor will have to choose in which schedule to entry to Machu Picchu, i.e. pass the entrance gate. For example, the 7am schedule to enter between 7am and 8am, or the 12am schedule to enter between 12pm and 1pm. The visit will be for 4 hours. We are aware of the complications and confusion that this will create, but like you, we are subject to ministerial decisions.

Again, to simplify, our agency has chosen to use its own name for each of the schedules and not those of the Ministry of Culture. We have therefore chosen to call each of these entry schedules: Machu H6 (6am entry schedule), Machu H7, Machu H8, ..., Machu H14 (2pm entry schedule). You can see the oficial announcement here.

Please visit our page about the differents types of tickets and our page to help you to choose your ticket. If you would like to discuss this with us or with other travellers, we invite you to use our forum."

I'm wondering if you buy the 14:00 ticket if you get a full four hours, since the closing time is 5:30pm, as I understand it. Any sense on how the entrance gate might be able to handle the traffic flow at this level of detail?

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This is a completely new policy so I doubt anyone has much experience with it. I’d expect a few minute wait in the entrance line.

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Thanks for sharing. I just logged on after looking a few weeks ago, and was wondering if it was new. We aren’t traveling until June, and would appreciate any helpful hints from those that go prior.

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Definitely want to hear about this new change if anyone has anymore info!

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Any updates on this? I googled a little more and saw that at around 10 o'clock the queues are enormous already and people have been complaining about that. Which time slot would you recommend? The earlier the better?

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If you want to hike up a mountain at MP (which I recommend) you have to buy morning tickets (MP + one of the mountains). If you just want to visit the site without hiking up a mountain I would buy afternoon tickets (usually less people and nice light).

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Wheaton, Illinois
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Here's a travel site with a nice and detailed graphic that answered a lot of my questions: https://www.adventuresmithexplorations.com/n…

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Just wondering if you have an answer to this now? We are looking to buy 2pm tickets but will buy earlier tickets if we don’t then get the full 4 hours! We were hoping to see the sunset at Machu Picchu :( thanks!

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The site closes at 5:30 and sunset is at 6pm. So if you buy 2pm entries you'll have 3.5 hours to see the site. From what I understand, a good guided tour is 2.5 to 3 hrs, so it sounds like 2pm is still a decent time to get in there. And maybe you'll see fewer crowds by staying until 5:30.

It sounds like they are asking people not to board a bus in Aguas Calientes until 30 minutes before their ticketed time to help more evenly distribute the crowds.

Of course, this is based on pouring over info online. I won't have first-hand experience until next week. But this is the resource I found with info current as of earlier this month: https:/…

I bought my tickets for the 12-1pm entry, for what it's worth.

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@ Omar N,

I would buy earlier tickets 1 pm? you can enter by 1pm , 2pm or later & still stay until closing. I don't think you can see the sunset at MP, the sun will probably go under the mountains early around 5 and then it just slowly gets darker & darker.

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