Since November 1st, the Peruvian world-class destination, Machu Picchu, is available again after receiving the Safe Travel Seal from the World Travel and Tourism Council. The implementation of sanitary restrictions due to the COVID pandemic has changed the way visitors must interact within this iconic venue.
What are the New COVID Restrictions in Machu Picchu?
Before your trip
- Your travel group cannot exceed 8 people, distributed into 7 tourists (including children) and 1 tour guide.
- You must ride your bus from the Machu Picchu town to the citadel at least 30 minutes before your entrance time written in your Machu Picchu ticket to avoid hassles.
Number of visitors
- The maximum capacity of visitors is 1116 people per day, This restriction will translate into a reduced chance of getting a ticket, therefore we encourage you to book your trip to the soonest.
- Every tourist must carry and wear protection items such as face mask, face shield and gel alcohol.
- Tourists will present their Machu Picchu ticket and identity card.
- Officials will measure your temperature to prevent fever cases. A 38ªC (100.4ªF) measure is considered a suspicious case of COVID.
- Visitors must keep a minimum distance of 1.5 meters (5 feet). Park rangers will ensure compliance of this measure.
- Groups must maintain a distance of 20 meters (65.5 feet).
- All tour paths are unidirectional, this means the group cannot go back on the path.
Inside Machu Picchu
- Visitors cannot take off their protection items (face mask and face shield).
- It is strictly prohibited from touching the walls of the citadel and food and drink consumption.
- You can visit Machu Picchu from Monday to Sunday, starting at 6AM and finishing at 5PM. Visitors have only a 1-hour span to enjoy the citadel. The timespan is specified in the entrance ticket.
- The time allowed to visit each explanation space (Sacred Rock or Condor Temple for example) now ranges from 5 to 20 minutes depending on each space.
- Officials can deny the entrance of suspicious COVID cases. If any visitor has symptoms he or she will be isolated immediately.
Machu Picchu Mountain and Huayna Picchu Mountain hikes are not available until further notice.
Sanitary Works in Machu Picchu
The cleansing and disinfection of walls, roofs, windows, sinks, doors, bathrooms, paths, signs, handrails, and other elements are scheduled on a weekly basis. Special treatments are performed to the stone walls of the citadel and other protected cultural items and areas. No animal or vegetal species are damaged during the sanitary works.
Peru is Striving for Travelers Safety
The land of the Incas has always welcomed visitors from all over the world. Now, after scientists have come to an agreement on how to prevent a COVID infection, Peruvian authorities have adapted official measures into the unique citadel of Machu Picchu. This way, the risk of infection and propagation of the new virus is reduced.
As always, View Peru is waiting for you to fulfill your dream trip. Compelling the new restrictions will be easy with our help. Travel safe within the land of the Incas with View Peru.