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Navigating Machu Picchu: A Guide To Schedules, Circuits, and Regulations

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This guide offers crucial insights into Machu Picchu’s schedules, circuits, and regulations, fostering a safe and respectful experience for all. 


Capacity and Schedules 

Machu Picchu, a wonder of the world, welcomes visitors daily from 6:00 to 17:30, with a capacity of 4040 people. The day is divided into 9 time slots, starting at 6:00 am and concluding at 15:00.  


Machu Picchu Circuits 

To manage crowds efficiently, four distinct one-way circuits are in place.  

  • Circuit 1 (High Short Route): Guardian House, Main Portal, Granite Chaos sector, Hall of Mirrors, and Ceremonial Fountains. 
  • Circuit 2 (High Long Route): Recommended!  It includes Circuit 1, plus the Temple of the Sun, Fountains, Main Plaza, Three Windows, Intihuatana pyramid, and the iconic Temple of the Condor. This circuit will allow you to take the traditional photo of the citadel. 
  • Circuit 3 (Lower Short Route): begin at the fork of the access road and goes directly to the urban sector, being the shortest circuit. It is linked to Machupicchu Mountain. 
  • Circuit 4 (Low Long Route): Similar to Circuit 3, it allows ascending to the Sacred Plaza and follows a route akin to Circuit 2. It is linked to Huaynapicchu Mountain. 

Alternate routes like Machu Picchu Mountain and Huayna Picchu, allow access to only one circuit. Consider reserving an additional ticket (Circuit 2) for the extended route, which includes must-see landmarks. 


Access to Specific Locations 

Certain spots like the Temple of the Sun (13:00 -16:00), Intihuatana pyramid (7:00 -10:00), and the Temple of the Condor (10:00 -13:00) have specific time slots, varying depending on the circuit chosen. 


Entry and Visit Regulations 

To ensure a smooth experience please take the following into consideration: 

  • Entries are non-transferable, it is not possible to change date or name. 
  • Groups are limited to a maximum of 9 people. 
  • Admittance only within the designated time slot. 
  • Visitors can choose from four unidirectional circuits with a no-return system. 
  • The maximum visit duration is 3 hours. But guided tours, last only 2.5 hours. 


Rules During the Visit 

Respectful exploration is key, so please consider the following rules: 

  • No leaning or climbing on structures. 
  • Prohibited items include drones, umbrellas, tobacco/vaping products, firearms, sharp blades, and illegal drugs. 
  • Restrictions on footwear and objects like unprotected canes. 
  • Music, illegal drugs, and prohibited objects are strictly forbidden. 

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