Restrictions in Machu Picchu

As of my last update in January 2022, entry to Machu Picchu is subject to certain restrictions and regulations aimed at preserving the site’s cultural and natural heritage and ensuring the safety of visitors. Here are some key restrictions and guidelines that were typically in place:

  1. Limited Daily Visitors: To manage the impact of tourism on the site, the Peruvian government typically limits the number of visitors allowed to enter Machu Picchu each day. It’s essential to purchase entrance tickets in advance, especially during peak tourist seasons.
  2. Designated Entry Times: Visitors are typically assigned specific entry times to control the flow of tourists into the site. This helps prevent overcrowding and ensures a more enjoyable experience for visitors.
  3. Guided Tours: Visitors may be required to enter Machu Picchu with an official guide. Guided tours help educate visitors about the history, significance, and conservation efforts related to Machu Picchu while minimizing damage to the site.
  4. Trail Regulations: If you’re planning to hike the famous Inca Trail to Machu Picchu or any other trekking routes in the region, there are specific regulations in place to protect the environment and ensure the safety of trekkers. Permits are typically required for trekking, and trekking companies must be licensed.
  5. Environmental Protection: Visitors are expected to adhere to environmental guidelines aimed at preserving the natural surroundings of Machu Picchu. This includes staying on designated paths, avoiding littering, and respecting wildlife.
  6. COVID-19 Restrictions: During the COVID-19 pandemic, additional health and safety measures may be in place, such as temperature checks, mandatory mask-wearing, and social distancing requirements. It’s essential to check the latest travel advisories and regulations before planning your visit.
  7. No Drone Policy: The use of drones is typically prohibited within the archaeological site of Machu Picchu to protect both the site and the safety of visitors.

Keep in mind that regulations and restrictions may change over time, so it’s crucial to check the official website of the Peruvian Ministry of Culture or consult with a reputable tour operator for the most up-to-date information before planning your visit to Machu Picchu.