Tickets for Machu Picchu are sold online or in Cusco. You cannot buy tickets at the entrance or in Aguas Calientes. The easiest, safest and best way to buy tickets is by going online and purchasing them on from he official website of the Peruvian government. You can find the website here: https://www.machupicchu.gob.pe/inicio. Unfortunately, this is not the easiest website to navigate. In this article you can find some alternative ways to safely buying tickets.
Alternatively you can take the risk and travel to Cusco and buy your trip to Machu Picchu from a (local) travel agency. On the government website not all functionalities are in English and the design makes it hard to get what you want. Especially if you want to buy tickets for next year the government website cannot help you as the website doesn’t allow you to navigate dates too far in the future.
If tickets are not available on the government website or you don’t understand the website, you can buy tickets, for a small premium, from this certified seller:
When to buy tickets to Machu Picchu?
As soon as you know when you will travel to Peru, you should think about booking your tickets. Although the government website doesn’t allow you to book too far ahead, some 3rd party sellers are able to offer you tickets in advance. One of those certified companies is on GetYourGuide. Ticket availability is linked to the government website and the prices are similar.
The government website shows availability for the months to come. This part of their website shows you which days and times are still available. It shows availability for Machu Picchu, Wayna Picchu as well as Machu Picchu mountain. If you buy a ticket for any of the mountains you will have the right to re enter the area after your hike.
How much is the entrance fee for Machu Picchu?
Currently, November 2019, tickets to Machu Picchu sell on the government website for 152 PEN (40 EUR/45 USD). Tickets that also include the hike to Wayna Picchu are currently sold for 200 PEN (53 EUR/60 USD). Prices change over time as the Peruvian government is seeking ways to increase revenue while also addressing overtourism concerns. Citizens of several South American countries as well as children and school kids can benefit from discounted rates.