Office in Garcilaso Street, Cusco

How to get Tickets to Machu Picchu

Once you are ready to Finally visit one of the 7 wonders of the world: Machu Picchu Peru! you need to follow the nexts steps: 1) Buy a plane ticket, 2) Book a hotel, 3) Buy entrance tickets to Machu Picchu, 4) Buy transportation tickets.

In Theory, those are the 4 steps to ensure your visit to Machu Picchu. In next articles we’ll be talking about steps 1,2 & 4; here we’ll be talking about the 3rd step: buy entrance tickets to Machu Picchu.

Train, Bus, plane we do everything
Train, Bus, plane we do everything

There is 3 ways to get your tickets to Machu Picchu:

  1. Via Online from whatever you are.
  2. Personally here in Cusco or in Aguas Calientes
  3. or you leave it all to us; we’ll do all the planning and  checking for you.

1. Online

Ok we need to be honest here; the site of culture Ministry here in peru is not the most user experience adapted. So when you are doing your purchase online you must be aware and careful of what you do. Here is a step by step:

Tip: How long before you can get your tickets? Depend on the season. If you are coming on high season June-September get it at least 3 months in advance. Low Season October-May you can do it just some days before; Actually today when we write this (february) right now there are plenty of tickets…FOR TODAY!

1-Enter the culture Ministry site: (select ENGLISH)

2- if you are not a Cusueño or a national from Bolivia, Colombia, Ecuador or Peru, please select: General Tab. There select your date of visit and the number of people you are (including if there is any kid) then press AVAILABILITY.

3- Next screen: you have to choose what you’ll do in Machu Picchu and when you are going to do it.

You can choose: Visit Machu Picchu Only, Machu Picchu + Huayna Picchu, Machu Picchu + Huayna Picchu and/or add the Museum visit to anyone of the above.

You also can choose the time when you’d do your visit.

Tip: If you wish to combine your visit to Machu Picchu with Huayna Picchu you should get your ticket to Huayna Picchu in advance because now the government only allows 400 persons per day.

4- Next Your identification data. Name, Family name, Passport number, Birth Date, Genre. Then click next. You have to enter the correct data, any mistake could avoid your entrance in the citadel. Click the confirmation button and then the terms and conditions button.

5- Next a pop up will ask you for your Email address enter it and then check the captcha and press generate.

6- Now is time to pay. You need to select visa, mastercard or other ways of payment (in this case if you want to pay by yourself in the authorized offices in Cusco.  Another pop-up will emerge asking you for your credit card information. Enter your information and then press pay. So at that moment you’ll have your ticket ready to print (You have to, can’t show your phone screen).

7-So remember the first screen you were? Where you select which country are you from. There is a button “check In”. Enter your reservation code and now your ticket will be emailed to you.

Entrance to Machu Picchu
Entrance to Machu Picchu

2- Buy your ticket in Cusco or Aguas Calientes

This option theoretically is easy. You just show in any of the offices where you can buy the tickets and that’s it. But this is so, only if you are in Cusco during the Low season October-May otherwise is almost impossible because all the tickets were sold months in advance.

Still if you are going to get your tickets in this way; these are the places to buy them:

In Cusco:

Garcilaso Street – Museo Casa Garcilaso

Maruri Street – Cusicancha.

Monday to Saturday 07:00 a 20:00

In Aguas Caliente:

Pachacutec AvenueDirección Regional de Cultura Aguas Calientes

Monday to Sunday 5:00 to 20:00

Tip: In Cusco both locations take cards and cash but in Aguas Calientes only cash. And don’t forget your passport.

3- You enjoy Machu Picchu, We Do the rest for You!

Remember this  “you need to follow the nexts steps: 1) Buy a plane ticket, 2) Book a hotel, 3) Buy entrance tickets to Machu Picchu, 4) Buy transportation tickets”? Yes? Ok all this have to do it by yourself. Buy a plane ticket: Ok, Book a Hotel? No problem, but tickets to Machu Picchu and transportation? mmm that could be tricky. And add to all this the need of a certified Guide who is now mandatory to get in the citadel.
So, we know you can do it by yourself, no doubt about it. But what we offer to you is time and peace of mind. Leave it all to us, and as we said in the title: You only worry to enjoy Machu Picchu.

Leave it all to us, you just enjoy!
Leave it all to us, you just enjoy!


So here it is. This is the way to get tickets to enter Machu Picchu. You can do it yourself or leave it to us, it is that easy. We’d book and buy planes tickets, entrance tickets, hotel, transportation, everything! You just come!

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