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Everybody wants to cross Machu Picchu on their bucket list. It’s one the most amazing new world wonders. UNESCO has changed the entrance rules for Machu Picchu because of its popularity. Make sure to review the new entry regulations for Machu Picchu if you intend on visiting it during your next travels.

Tourists were permitted to visit Machu Picchu up until now with all the sunblock and selfie sticks they wanted. Tourists could spend a whole day at Machu Picchu taking beautiful selfies with llamas and getting to know Pachamama .Machu Picchu's new entrance regulations

Unfortunately, too many tourists in one place is not sustainable.

Machu Picchu was designated a UNESCO World Heritage in 1983. The daily limit for entry tickets to Machu Picchu was 2,500. But, the daily visitor count is far higher than that with ticket sales reaching closer to 4,000 per day.

Although the original intention was for 1,000 people, Machu Picchu has been subject to serious damage from the large number of tourists. In an effort to save the site and restore it, UNESCO decided to establish Machu Picchu’s new entry regulations.

You must:

1. Book your tour between two time slots : AM Entrance from 6 am to 12 pm and PM Entrance from 12 noon to 5:30 pm. Visitors must leave the site by the specified time and can’t re-enter the site after they have left.

2. You can book your tour with a guide. On entering Machu Picchu, they must have a current and valid guide ID. Guides are restricted to taking 16 people on their tour. They must sign in and sign out each visitor and inform them of the rules of the park.

3. Choose a circuit or route. Each circuit is defined when you purchase your ticket. Each circuit takes between 2.5-3 hours. Circuit 1 is the one you will see in Machu Picchu photos. However, it is physically more difficult. Circuits 2/3 are located in the middle and lower sectors, and offer a more relaxed experience.

We were able to travel to Machu Picchu a week ahead of the deadline. We were able to experience this new experience thanks to the TripAdvisor tour that we booked.Machu Picchu's new entrance regulations

Booking our tour was easy. TripAdvisor provided a list of the top Machu Picchu tours. After finding the perfect tour company, we added our dates to the cart, and then we paid. Easy peezy!

We researched reviews, prices, and itineraries to find Viajes Pacifico’s Machu Picchu tour. The following was included in our tour:

  • Roundtrip bus tickets from and to our hotel to the railway station
  • Roundtrip train tickets from Agua Calientes to and From Agua Calientes via Expedition train
  • Roundtrip bus tickets to Machu Picchu from AguasCalientes
  • Tickets to Machu Picchu
  • A tour guide who speaks English

It cost $348 per person, including gratuity. You can book it here.

We were initially disappointed to find out that Machu Picchu would take us 3 hours. But, then we realized the commute time and were there for a full day. It was the best route for us as we were going from Cusco, not AguasCalientes.Machu Picchu's new entrance regulations

The following was our itinerary:

5 :10 p.m Be picked up by the bus to pick up the other tour members
6 :15 a.m. Get to the Poroy Train Station
6 :40 am Leave for Aguas Calientes
9 :40 a.m Get to the AC Train Station
10 :15 a.m Take the bus to Machu Picchu
10 :45 am Get to the Machu Picchu entrance
11.10 am Go to Machu Picchu to begin your tour
2:00 pm Leave Machu Picchu site
2:20 pm Take the bus back to Aguas Calientes
3 :40 PM Get on the train to Poroy
6 :45 PM Get to Poroy Station
7:00 PM We will be returning to Cusco by the bus

As you can see from the above, extra time at Machu Picchu would have made our days extremely long and exhausting.

It was perfect for us two wanderers who were not familiar with the area. Although I’ve not done many tours in my travel career, this tour was great. The transportation and tickets were provided for us. My husband loves history and he loved the valuable information that our guide provided.

(I should add that Incans are insanely smart. I can’t recall ever feeling so dumb by an indigenous group.)

Machu Picchu's new entrance regulations

If you are looking for a tour company to help you with Machu Picchu’s new entrance regulations, I recommend you take a look at Trip Advisor. You can see which tour will work with your travel plans and schedule.

Here are some tips to help you choose the right tour.

  • A larger group means less flexibility. Because the guide has to keep an eye on so many people, their schedules, and bathrooms breaks, it may be difficult to get to the places you want to see. Choose a smaller group to have more flexibility.
  • You can spend more time at Machu Picchu by staying overnight at Aguas Calientes for 1-2 nights. If you don’t, the 6-hour roundtrip train ride will take up your tour time.
  • Do your research on what is important to you. I wasn’t expecting circuit 1 because our tour was at the bottom of the circuits. Do you want the iconic photo? Are llamas what I would like to see? Are I more interested in the Incans’ history?” These questions will help you decide what type of tour to take.

Although you won’t be hiking to crazy heights, if you are making your first visit to Cusco, altitude sickness can cause some discomfort. Machu Picchu's new entrance regulations; girl and llama

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