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1. Posted by kbest (First Time Poster 1 posts) 9y

Hi there,

Can anyone tell me if we will have to book entry tickets into machu Picchu in advance, or can we get them when we arrive in Cusco. Please help!!!!!!!! it would be a nightmare to get to find that we couldn't see the ruins.
Kris

2. Posted by Degolasse (Travel Guru 823 posts) 9y

You buy tickets to MP at the entrance gate when you arrive like you do at any other monument or attraction in the world. Getting train tickets to Aguas Calientes (the town MP is in) might be a different story. If you let us know what time of year you are going it might give a better idea how important train reservations are.

3. Posted by Rraven (Travel Guru 5924 posts) 9y

you can`t buy the tickets at the entrance !! wer were there a few weeks ago, you can buy them in town in aguas cal...

4. Posted by johnstar (Budding Member 53 posts) 9y

Kbest i went to Peru last year and spent one week in Cusco and just to put your mind at rest, you can book tickets for machu picchu upon arrival to Cusco but i'd advise you to check beforehand to make sure its not going to be especially busy for some reason, as sometimes large groups travel up to MP and limit the availability. When we arrived to Cusco we went to the local station about 10 mins from the main square and it cost us around 150 dollars for a pair of train tickets, entrance at Aguas Calientes was around 170 soles and the bus ride up to MP was 40 soles.

Hope that helps

Buena Suerte

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6. Posted by bentivogli (Travel Guru 2398 posts) 9y

Just one thing; there is this story that I've now heard several times over the last two years, about Machu Picchu closing down periodically (without prior notice), to give the site a few weeks to recover from what is a way too intense exploitation.

I haven't been able to confirm this with anyone for certain, but it may be something to look into.

7. Posted by loubylou (Travel Guru 664 posts) 9y

Quoting bentivogli

Just one thing; there is this story that I've now heard several times over the last two years, about Machu Picchu closing down periodically (without prior notice), to give the site a few weeks to recover from what is a way too intense exploitation.

I haven't been able to confirm this with anyone for certain, but it may be something to look into.

My boyfriend and I did the Inca Trail in November and our guide said something about this to us. I think it is to do with the fact that UNESCO and the Peruvian government are monitoring Macchu Picchu itself as it appears to be sinking at an extraordinary rate each year. Our guide said that closing the site for 'rest' for certain days of the week was an option the government was looking at, limiting further the amount of people allowed on the site or closing Macchu Picchu for a couple of years.

I would agree with Bentivogli, check that the government hasn't decided on any of these options...

8. Posted by Rraven (Travel Guru 5924 posts) 9y

I asked around and they said that the government had been advised to allow restricted numbers of visitors on the site but that they exceeded this in low seasons and that in high season it is sometimes over double what it should be. They say that the site is sinking/slipping a few inches every year.

The biggest problem with Machu Pichu when we were there was not getting entry tickets for the site but more for the train. Many people try to book the train the day before but you should try to book it a few days in advance as the tour groups block book whole carriages.

If you`re going, try to get there as early as possible. We were there at opening time and it was fantastic, barely anyone there, it gives you a real chance to see the site without the crowds. Also if you wish to climb the mountain W.pichu to get the view of the whole site you need to be early as it is restricted to 400 people a day, this means by 10 or 11 you can`t get up it.

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10. Posted by Snow21 (Budding Member 21 posts) 9y

They do close it but its only in Febuary, and even then you can still do the 2 day hike, its only the 4 day hike they close for restoration. We were they at the end of January this year just before it closed and you can pick up some real bargins then.