How to buy a ticket to machu picchu

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At the top of many people’s bucket list is a visit to Machu Picchu. The mysteriousness of how they were able to build this awe inspiring place and why they built it is intriguing and being able to stand on the historical site is a once in a lifetime trip. Trying to figure out how to get there can be complicated. I wrote a post here detailing all the steps (only 5) and the order of those steps that you need to take to get there. The first step is to buy a ticket to Machu Picchu. Below is the process of doing just that.

Step 1

The first step to buy a ticket to Machu Picchu is to go to an official website. There are several sites to choose from but you can go here or here. The example of the process that I show below is from the first link. Once you go to the site, it will look something like this:

Home page of official Machu Picchu website

Choose a Date

Step 2

From the main page, you’re going to choose the date(s) that you want to visit Machu Picchu and the number of tickets you want to purchase. This is only the date that you want to actually be at Machu Picchu. Not the dates you’re flying in but the actual date you want to be there standing on the grounds of Machu Picchu. When we went we chose to go two days in a row. We arrived a little after lunch so we went up that afternoon and then we had another ticket to go the next day at sunrise and to climb Huyana Picchu.

Calendar for choosing your dates

Choose your entry option

Step 3

Once you’ve chosen a date you’ll be taken to a page that shows you how many tickets are available for that day. This is where you’ll choose which kind of entry you want and what time you want to go. There are 4 types of entry to choose from:

1. An entry ticket just to the grounds. They limit these to just 2500 a day.
2. An entry ticket to the grounds + the museum.
3. An entry ticket to the grounds + a ticket to climb Hyuana Picchu. These are limited to just 400 a day.
4. An entry ticket to the grounds + a ticket to climb Montana Mountain. These are limited to just 400 a day.

You’ll also have to choose what time you want to enter. These times start at 6am and go all the way up to 2pm. If you are choosing to climb one of the mountains you’ll have to start your climb at a specific time. For Hyuana Picchu it’s between 7-8am and 10-11am. 200 tickets are available for each time. For Montana Mountain the climb times start at 7-8am and 9-10am.

Depending on which ticket you purchase that will determine how long you will be allowed to stay there. If you’re only going to walk around the grounds then you get 4 hours. Going to climb one of the mountains? Then it’s either 6 or 8 hours. See the green numbers below? Those are the number of tickets available at that particular time on that particular day. It may seem like a lot is available but trust me, they will go fast. We booked ours 8 months in advance and didn’t even get our first choice of days.

Tickets available for Machu Picchu
Page showing how many tickets are available for seeing Machu Picchu

Step 4


After you choose your option you’ll then be taken to the page below where you’ll fill out all of your personal info including your passport number. Make sure you’ve entered everything correctly because once you hit the purchase button you can’t go back and change anything. You also cannot sell these to anyone else. They are for you only. In fact, when you get to Machu Picchu you have to show the credit card that you used to buy these tickets AND you have to show your passport. Everything has to match up.

*side note…there is a Machu Picchu stamp right inside the gates so make sure you stamp your passport!

So you’re going to fill out your information and hit “next”. On the next page you’re given a chance to look over everything again and make sure it’s correct. You’ll read through the Terms and Conditions and check that you understand and hit “next”. You’ll be taken to a page with your reservation number (write this down somewhere just in case) and finally you’re given the option to pay. When you’re done you’ll be able to print your ticket out. And that’s it! You’re ready to go see Machu Picchu.

Personal information page for buying tickets
Machu Picchu Ticket

Going to Machu Picchu is an unforgettable experience. The ticket buying process can be confusing and frustrating at times. The website can sometimes be a little glitchy and it might take a few tries to get everything to go through. But just knowing how to buy a ticket to Machu Picchu makes the process so much smoother instead of trying to figure it out on your own. Did you have any issues buying your tickets? Let me know your experience in the comments!

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