New Rules for Visitors to Machu Picchu

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New Rules for Visitors to Machu Picchu

New Rules for Visitors to Machu Picchu. There is a new implementation of two shifts or visiting hours (from 06:00 to 12:00 hours and from 12:00 to 17:30 hours). And measures added in the “Regulation of Sustainable Use and Tourist Visit for the Conservation of the Llaqta of Machupicchu”. 

Approved by the Ministry of Culture. Among them, it is established that, in order to enter the archaeological site, visitors should be accompanied by a Licensed Tour Guide, in order to contribute to the conservation of the cultural heritage of the world Machu Picchu. It will be also to reduce to 16 tourists per Tour Guide and the re-entry to the archeological place will be banned.

The Entrance to Machupicchu will be very different Effective July 1, 2017 – New Rules for Visitors to Machu Picchu

Machupicchu: Role of the Guides and prohibition

New provisions set out in the regulation for visits to Machupicchu Tours 5 days. Detail the role of the official tour guides in this new stage, as well as their responsibilities and competencies. Tour leaders in Peru also point to the obligations and limitations that tourists have. As well as the penalties for both, if the rules are not complied with.

Time of permanence (Art. 16):

New Rules for Visitors to Machu Picchu. As of July 1, 2017, the time of stay in the Llaqta of Machupicchu is governed by two shifts in the following schedules: from 06:00 to 12:00 hours and from 12:00 to 17:30 hours. In the first shift, only a certain number of tourists fluctuating between 45% and 55% of the total capacity will be allowed to enter. For the second shift, visitors will be allowed to enter the same fluctuating number of visitors.

The visitor must fulfill his/her visit and tour within either of the two established innings. Not being allowed the re-entry to the city of Machupicchu, except for reasons of force majeure or fortuitous case. The non-observance of scheduled timetables generates the immediate withdrawal of visitors and tourist guides with the support of the competent authorities.

Entrance to the city of Machupicchu (Art. 17):

To enter the archeological site of Machupicchu. Visitors must carry their entrance ticket. Their official identity document and must be accompanied by a Licensed Tour Guide in tourism to contribute to the protection of its physical integrity. Especially at the sites of risk, as well as to contribute to the conservation of the cultural patrimony and the ordering of the tourist visit. The staff of the Machupicchu National Archaeological Park (PANM) may require the ticket and/or the identity document within the site.

The documents valid for foreign visitors are their passport. Foreign card, diplomatic card or DNI for the citizens of the Andean Community or Mercosur. The valid document for Peruvian visitors is its valid and original DNI. In the case of being students, visitors must present their valid card issued by the University or by the Ministry of Education.

Cusco citizens and residents of Cusco who are welcome to social tourism programs. Can enter free of charge in merit the agreement signed annually between the decentralized Directorate of Culture Cusco (DDC Cusco) and the Regional Directorate of Foreign Trade and Tourism of Cusco (DIRCETUR Cusco), after booking on the website of the DDC Cusco and according to the capacity of load for each day of the year.

When entering they must identify with their DNI and their respective ticket, in the control of entry. The regulation also specifies the benefits enjoyed by students, teachers, teachers, and older adults for free admission on the first Sunday of each month. As a result, student delegations, Peruvians of primary level and/or secondary can only enter a day other than the first Sunday of each month, after accreditation in the Ugel and later reservation on the website of the DDC Cusco.

Tourist Guide Service (Art. 18):

The document specifies that in order to provide the Tourist guide service in the Llaqta of Machupicchu, the tour guides (Official Tour Guides or Graduates in Tourism) must comply with the requirements for the professional practice established in Law N° 28529, the law of the Tourist Guidebook and its regulations. They must also carry their valid card in a visible place before and during their tour of the Inca citadel.

The guides should organize their groups before the entrance control to the city of Machupicchu, moving neatly inside and at their exit. The groups will have a maximum of 16 visitors and must be accompanied by the Tour Guide throughout the tour. It is forbidden to transfer visitors from one group to another within the complex. If the group is abandoning, they shall be punished in coordination with the competent authority in accordance with the applicable standards.

The Tour Guides have the obligation to register in the control of entry, specifying the circuit that they will follow, the number of visitors (males, women, children, tour driver and/or translators), not being able to increase the number of visitors of the group within the LLAQTA. The guides must accompany the group throughout the course and must also register at the exit within the established timetables.

Likewise. The guides must abide by and enforce the rules of this regulation. By driving through the established circuits, maintaining behavior that heightens both within the city of Machupicchu and in its adjacent spaces, respecting the authority and abiding by the indications of the PANM staff. The guides of the Inca Trail network that arrive at the LLAQTA by the Intipunku sector, must register their groups in the control of income.

Prohibitions during the visit (Art. 19):

Visitors and guides are prohibiting from carrying backpacks or bags of more than 40 x 35 x 20 cm. (Those that exceed that size/capacity must be deposited in the cloakroom). They will not be able to enter with food and utensils; With any illegal substance or under its effects. With any type of alcoholic beverage or in ethyl state, as provided in the new regulation of visits to Machupicchu. In addition, they are prevented from entering with any type of aerosols; Hard-floor heels or shoes; Sharps objects and/or weapons; Banners, posters and/or placards; Among other objects.

It is also not allowing to cause tumult or disorder during the visit; Climbing or leaning on walls and/or structures; Touching, moving or removing lithics; Perform any type of graffiti; Disturb or extract native flora or fauna and/or cultural elements; Perform activities that distort the sacred nature of the Llaqta of Machu Picchu; Undressing, leaning or running; Make fire and/or dispose of any type of waste; among others.

Non-compliance with the provisions (Art. 20):

Failure to comply with the provisions of this Regulation shall determine the expulsion of the visitor from the Llaqta. Without the right to return the amount of the entry ticket. The DDC Cusco under objective criteria and considering the severity of the infringement will initiate the corresponding legal actions. In the event that the tour guides from the provisions, it will determine that the Director Cusco evaluate the initiation of a sanctioning procedure, according to the infringement committed, for which it is governed by the established in the Law N° 28868 which empowers the Minister to criminalize sanctions by the regulatory way.

The staff of the PANM of the DDC Cusco has the function of ensuring compliance with this regulation. If necessary. It may request the support of the public force to expel the visitor who is against the conservation of the city of Machupicchu. Under such an assumption. It may formulate the respective complaint to the National Police of Peru and/or the Public Prosecutor’s Office, highlights the rule.


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