Booking Machu Picchu Tickets


As someone that has purchased a lot of Machu Picchu tickets for guests, I can tell you that there is a lot of information online regarding purchasing Machu Picchu tickets, some of it good, some of it bad, and some of it incomplete, so I though I would run through the current steps for purchasing your Machu Picchu tickets, so you can avoid any of the typical pitfalls.

Before I start though let me run through a few things, first is that the official website will only accept Visa cards, second is it often helps to have the card registered with Verified by Visa. If your card is card is not registered with Verified by Visa, I would recommend doing that before you start this process.

  1. The first step is to go to the official government website as this is where you will get the best price and will be able to see actual ticket inventory. Do not be fooled by ticket purchasing sites with official sounding names, the above site is the only “official site” and on any other sites, you will pay a premium for the tickets.

  2. The next step is to choose your tickets:

    • Start by selecting Machu Picchu from the “Visit place:” box on the left.

    • Next you need to select your desired ticket from the “Select Entry Route” box. Note; this is where you must choose between regular Machu Picchu entry, late entry, or adding one of the mountains. Once you purchase the ticket it is not easy to change it and Machu Picchu Mountain or Huayna Picchu can not be added at a later date.

    • Next select the date that you want to enter and the system will show you the remaining number of tickets available for that date and type of entry.

  3. Now you will need to enter the number of tickets that you need (max 4 at a time), be sure to enter this in the correct box, there is a space for Nationals and a space for Foreigners. After entering the number of tickets you need, select “Step 2” at the bottom

  4. A new page should now be opened where you can enter the travelers information, be sure to enter everything as it appears on the passport. Once all of the information is entered, select “Step 3”

  5. A terms and conditions window may now open, if it does you can read or print the information, then close the window. You should now see the passport information, entry type and date, there will also be a box for you to enter an e-mail address which must be filled out. Once you enter an e-mail address and are sure all of the other information is correct, check the box that says “The provided information is correct” along with the box indicating that “I read and accept the terms and conditions” and then select “Book” A new window will now open that will show you a copy of the reservation, write down the reservation number or print the copy (you may also receive a copy in your e-mail)

  6. Now this next step is the most important, and the one that seems to get forgotten the most as well. You now have a reservation, and at this current time you have 3 hours to pay for it or it will be canceled, so what you need to do is go back to the home page and this time select the “Payments” tab.

  7. Here you enter your reservation code and select “Pay” this will open a window where you enter your Visa information and complete the payment. If you have trouble with this step and have your Visa card registered with Verify by Visa, then try complementing this step on the Spanish version instead of the English version.

  8. In the event you are unable to complete the payment step, I would recommend contacting your accommodation in the Cusco region to see if they can assist you with the purchase. This may require you to send the money via Western Union, Money Gram or through another service, but this is usually cheaper then using a ticket purchasing service, which should be considered as a last resort method for getting your Machu Picchu tickets.

About Lyle

I love travel and recently owned and operated a Bed and Breakfast in Cusco Peru called GringoWasi with my beautiful Peruvian wife, the property is located in the small town of Huarocondo, and about 30 minutes West of Cusco Peru. Currently we are living back in Las Vegas and have put our property in Cusco up for sale.
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