Buying tickets to Machu Picchu can be as scary as looking down!
The place to start is the Peruvian government website, they are the only source for confirmed tickets. Some tour operators promise this but they would buy the tickets from this website also:
While the homepage can be translated the ticket purchase page is only in Spanish!
There are four separate tickets available for visiting Machu Picchu and our general guide to the site details the four different tickets and where to buy them. Be certain to buy your tickets well in advance to avoid disappointment. If you are looking for a more personal and private experience away from the crowds, we recommend the Circuito 4 + Waynapicchu ticket, and we will detail everything you need to know to have the best experience. Buying the early morning ticket for 6:00AM to 7:00AM entry to Machu Picchu and 7:00AM-8:00AM for the gate to get to Waynapicchu will give you the most intimate experience with few other visitors around. Thus, taking the bus at 5:30AM will give you the best chances at the first views as the sun comes up. The lines for the bus can be extensive, so plan accordingly.
Things to bring with you in a backpack:
- Several layers like light windbreaker, sweater, extra t-shirt
- Hiking boot are not necessary but helpful
- Gloves for the hand cables and ropes
- Bottled water
- Altitude pills
- Paracetemol or Tylenol
- Hand sanitizer
- Bug spray
Finding the illusive ticket to one of the seven wonders of the world
You may have to look three months in advance or more for tickets to Machu Picchu to avoid disappointment. Many will build their entire trip to Peru around ticket availability.
What a coveted ticket for Waynapicchu mountain looks like
After putting in your credit card information (Visa, Mastercard and Amex are accepted) and a contact email. You will receive a digital copy of your ticket. Screenshot it or download it to your phone as you will need to show it multiple times: to buy bus tickets up, to board the bus up and to gain entry to the Machu Picchu site.
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