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Buying Tickets

You have a number of options when it comes to buying entrance tickets for Machu Picchu.The first thing to be aware of is that you can not buy entrance tickets at Machu Picchu itself.

If you are going on a trek or a tour organized through an agency, the tickets will be arranged for you. However, if you are traveling independently, it can get a little complicated. Be sure to buy your ticket in advance. There is a limit of visitors per day (2,500) and tickets can sell out, so keep this in mind. You can now buy tickets online, which makes the process a little easier. Note that, along with your ticket, you must bring a copy of your original passport in order to gain entry to Machu Picchu. There are now a number of different types of entrance ticket:

Machu Picchu: $48 (128 soles). General admittance to Machu Picchu.

Machu Picchu-Museo: $56.24 (150 soles). General admittance plus entrance to the museum.

Machu Picchu-Huayna Picchu: $57 (152 soles). General admittance plus entrance to climb Huayna Picchu. There are two separate groups, one entering Huayna Picchu at 7 a.m. and the other at 11 a.m. There is a maximum of 200 tickets sold per group.

Children under eight are admitted free, and children under 18 and students are given a 50% discount (students must show a valid ISIC card). Be aware that you cannot buy student tickets online, and must do so in the official Cusco office or through a travel agency. You must also bring your ISIC card with you to Machu Picchu.

The website is a helpful guide to the sometimes complicated process of ticket buying (tickets are not available to buy on this website).

You have the following options for buying tickets:

Buy your ticket online
The only official website to buy tickets is It's in four languages (English, Italian, Portuguese and Spanish), and you can buy all types of ticket (except for student tickets) using Visa only (Mastercard is not accepted). Once you have purchased your ticket, you will be able to print it; take the printed ticket and a copy of your original passport with you to Machu Picchu. The website also shows you how many tickets available for each day of the year.

Alternatively, if you are in Peru and you either can't or don't want to pay by Visa on the website, it is still possible to reserve your ticket online. You will then have a maximum of six hours to go and pay for your ticket in person at an agency (see the list below).

Buy your ticket in person

You can purchase tickets in person at the following places (you can also pay for tickets reserved online). Payment is restricted to cash (Peruvian soles), Visa or Mastercard:

Any branch of Banco de la Naci├│n throughout Peru (see for a list of branches and opening hours; website is in Spanish). Payment by cash (Peruvian soles) only.

The official government offices for Machu Picchu: Cusco office (8 a.m.-4 p.m. Monday to Friday and 8 a.m.-12 p.m. Saturday), Avenida La Cultura, Condomio Huáscar 238. Payment by cash (Peruvian soles) or Visa. Aguas Calientes office (5.30 a.m.-9 p.m. daily), Centro Cultural Machupicchu on the main plaza. Payment by cash (Peruvian soles) only. It is advisable to try and buy your tickets before getting to Aguas Calientes however, to avoid the scenario of tickets being sold out and having to hang around in Aguas Calientes.

AATC - Association of voyages and travel agencies (9 a.m.-4 p.m. Monday to Friday), Calle Nueva Baja 424, Cusco, Tel: 222-580. Payment by Visa or Mastercard only.

IncaRail (9 a.m.-10 p.m. Monday to Sunday), Portal de Panes 105, Plaza de Armas, Cusco. Payment by Visa or Mastercard only.

By Martha Crowley

I work as an Editor/Writer at Viva Travel Guides in Quito, Ecuador. I first came to Latin America five years ago to escape rainy...

19 Apr 2012

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