New entrance regulations to Machu Picchu and Huayna Picchu peak

07.27.2011 By Kirsten Gardner, South America Program Director.


Peru's INC (National Institute of Culture) has taken new measures to limit the number of visitors to the Inca citadel of Machu Picchu. Those visitors who also want to climb the peak of Huayna Picchu overlooking the ruins can now reserve their spot in advance.

Effective immediately:
  • The visitor limit to Machu Picchu is 2500 people per day. This is in addition to the 500 people per day who arrive to the citadel via the Inca Trail trek.
  • Entrance tickets will be sold in 2 ways: 1) Entrance to Machu Picchu ONLY, and 2) Entrance to Machu Picchu AND permit to climb the Huayna Picchu peak.
  • Only 400 people per day will be allowed to hike the iconic peak of Huayna Picchu. This will greatly benefit the visitors because: 1) When you purchase your ticket, your visit is assured, and 2) you will be appointed an entry time to avoid waiting in long lines.
  • Huayna Picchu tickets will NOT be sold separately. We must purchase the complete ticket (s) when you book your trip to Peru with Wildland Adventures.

We applaud these steps as a positive response to protect the Machu Picchu Sanctuary and preserve the visitor experience, even though it is imposed at the peak of the high season on the anniversary of the discovery of Machu Picchu! When you reserve your Wildland Adventure to Peru we register your name and secure your place through our pool of advanced purchased entry tickets.

However, the new regulations do not come without one important disadvantage: We must know in advance if you intend to climb Huayna Picchu. Once we have registered your entrance to Machu Picchu, or purchased your permit to hike the Inca Trail to Machu Picchu, if you don't purchase the permit to hike up Huayna Picchu at that time you cannot purchase the Huayna Picchu ticket separately later. It would be necessary to re-purchase the complete ticket package. Tour operators in Peru are strongly opposed to this system and are lobbying the INC to make an exception for existing ticket-holders and to provide for more flexibility in the future to secure permits for hiking up Huayna Picchu apart from the entrance to Machu Picchu.

PLEASE NOTE: If you are currently confirmed for a visit to Machu Picchu or Inca Trail Trek and wish to also climb Huayna Picchu, you must pay an additional $55 immediately, as the passes will be on a first-come, first-served basis. Please contact Kirsten Gardner, South America Program Director, to make these arrangements.

Bear in mind if you are planning a trip to Peru including Machu Picchu will require the following information completed as part of our reservation form to submit to authorities when securing your entrance permit:

  • Complete name as it appears on your passport
  • Passport number
  • Nationality
  • Date of birth

Any questions, please do not hesitate to contact us at (800) 345-4453.