Ancient Peru Machu Picchu Historic Sanctuary

Built high on a mountain, Machu Picchu is an Inca city with temples, palaces, paths and water channels, which clearly shows the ability of an ancient civilization to build with huge stone blocks, without any cement, but with great wisdom.

The citadel, which lives in harmony with nature, represents a single expression of the fusion between mountain and city. Due to its important historical legacy, Machu Picchu was declared a World Cultural and Natural Heritage site in 1983.

According to research, Machu Picchu was built in the 15th century by the Inca Pachacútec. Even the most well known archaeologists propose several theories as to the purpose of the citadel, which some consider to have been a Sanctuary, a Sacred City or an important political, religious and administrative center.

General Information

Machu Picchu, a World Cultural and Natural Heritage site, is one of the best examples of Inca architecture. Built in the middle of a tropical mountain forest, the city appears to have been sculpted from the rocky slopes. Besides offering visitors a spectacular landscape, the site also exhibits important endemic biological diversity in flora and fauna.

The complex was approximately built in the 15th century by the Inca Pachacútec. Machu Picchu is divided into two large sectors: the agricultural, which contains the terraces, and the urban, for administrative and religious functions.

Among the most impressive details of its construction are the stone walls, perfectly shaped and juxtaposed without cement, as well as the channels’ system and water sources.

Machu Picchu was interconnected with the entire Inca empire through the Qapac Ñam, the network of Inca roads, which can still be walked to this day (more information in Hiking/Inca Trail). However, access to the city was previously prohibited by rural communities and local inhabitants, as its location was a state secret, protected by the deep ravines and wild mountains.

One of the best ways of starting the walk is at dawn in order to fill oneself with the site’s energy. For the best panoramic views of the complex, tourists can climb the Wayna Picchu and Machu Picchu mountains, or also take in the sight from Intipunku. After the hike, visitors can relax in the Aguas Calientes hot springs, in Machu Picchu town.


1. Entrance Tickets

No entrance tickets for any of the hikes are sold at the access checkpoint. Visitors cannot enter the Huayna Picchu zone without the correct ticket. The maximum capacity of visitors is 400 per day, divided into two groups of 200 people according the times indicated.

Inca City of Machu

Inca City of Machu Picchu + Montaña Machu Picchu

Inca City of Machu Picchu + Wayna Picchu

Overseas adult

S/. 128.00 S/. 142.00 S/. 152.00

National adult

S/. 65.00 S/. 81.00 S/. 91.00

Overseas student*

S/. 64.00 S/. 71.00 S/. 76.00

National student*

S/. 32.00 S/. 41.00 S/. 46.00

Remember to buy your ticket on-line in advance of your visit at with Visa, Mastercard or with a Banco de la Nación Multired card. If you are in Peru, you can pay for your ticket at any cashier window in a Banco de la Nación around the country.-

In Cuzco, tickets can be bought at the following places:

AATC Calle Nueva Baja 424. Opening times: Monday – Friday: 9:00 – 17:00
Foreign Trade and Tourism Regional Office DIRECTUR Calle Mantas, half a block from the Plaza de Armas.
Opening times: Monday – Friday: 9.oo am – 8.00 pm / Saturday: 9:00 – 13:00
IncaRail Portal de Panes No 105 Plaza de Armas.
Opening times: Monday-Sunday: 9:00 – 22:00
Museo de la Casa Garcilazo On the corner of Calle Garcilazo and Heladeros.
Opening times: Monday – Friday: 08:00 – 14:00
Hotel Monasterio Calle Palacios 136 Plazoleta Nazarenas.
Opening times: Monday – Sunday: 08:00 – 14:00
PeruRail Av. Pachacútec.
Opening times: Monday – Sunday: 8:00 – 16:00
Sales Office Regional Cultural Department – Cuzco. Av. de la Cultura 238-B.
Wanchaq – Cuzco
Opening times: Monday – Friday: 8.00 am – 4.00 pm / Saturday: 08:00 – 12:00
Machu Picchu Cultural Centre Payment Office – Aguas Calientes

2. Opening times Entrance:

From 6.00 am- 4.00 pm Exit: up to 5:00 pm. Maximum capacity of visitors per day: 2,500.

3. Buses to Machu Picchu

There are buses that travel to the Sanctuary from Machu Picchu town, leaving every 15 minutes from 05:30 am onwards. This is the frequency until 3.00 pm, and return buses leaving the Sanctuary start running at 6:30 am with the last one returning at 5:45 pm.
Journey time is approximately 25 minutes.




 Foreign Adult Return $ 17.oo
 Foreign Adult One-way $ 9.00
 Foreign Child Return $ 9.00
 Foreign Child One-way $ 5.00
 Peruvian Adult Return $ 12.00
 Peruvian Adult One-way $ 6.00
 Peruvian Student Return $ 8.00
 Peruvian Student One-way $ 4.00
 Peruvian Child Return $ 6.00
 Peruvian Child One-way $ 3.00
 Guide Return S/. 11.00
 Cuzco Resident Return S/. 18.00
 Machu Picchu Resident S/. 7.00


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