Machu Picchu Travel Experience: Best Tips to Make Your Visit Unforgettable

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Updated on: 3 August, 2021

A visit to the ancient Inca city of Machu Picchu in Peru is the absolute highlight for many travelers ! No wonder that the tickets are therefore in great demand. Over 1.5 million visit Machu Picchu every year ! This means an average of around 2,500 tourists per day .

In the past there were even more! For this reason, the Peruvian government had to limit the number in order to protect and preserve the site for future generations. And that’s good.

Therefore there are many new rules that you should read carefully here!

Unfortunately, there are still far too many tourists at the UNESCO World Heritage Site. What’s worse is that many don’t obey the rules. That is why I very much welcome the changes made by the Peruvian government to further limit and regulate the flow.

I consider myself lucky that I was there and was able to visit the sacred mountain of the Incas on two consecutive days at different times with a local – and that on my own without a guide that you have to book now.

Now I know exactly what to watch out for.

If you want to visit the modern wonder of the world and don’t want to be disappointed, read on. Because I know from experience that everyone has high expectations of special places like Machu Picchu.

I’ll tell you a few tips & tricks for visiting so that your visit will be terrific.

Was I disappointed? Absolutely not, because if you read on you will find that the best time to visit is NOT sunrise. Then there are long queues and the Inca site is hidden under a thick cloud cover.

After reading the article you will know:

  • What’s waiting for you
  • When is the best time of day to visit (and which months are ideal)
  • Where to buy tickets and, above all, for what time and what options are available
  • How much does a ticket cost
  • Where to stay in Aguas Calientes
  • What tours are there
  • Which treks end here besides the Inca Trail
  • and much more.

Corona Update 2021 – Information and innovations for tickets and visits

Since the protection of Machu Picchu is finally being perceived by the Peruvian authorities, something about regulations and time windows is constantly changing. Shortly before my visit, two time slots were introduced, a third one in 2020. Since March 2020 and Corona, you have to specify an even more precise time (hourly) when booking online.

As it is confusing, here are all changes and updates:

  • Visiting Machu Picchu on your own is no longer possible *. A guide will be assigned to you at the entrance if you are not booking Machu Picchu as part of a tour. I had a guide because I was there as part of the Lares TrekWithout a guide you can only go to the Huayna Picchu , you don’t need a guide for this.
  • You have to follow a fixed route. Unfortunately, you can no longer walk around the ruins on your own. You have to follow a fixed route as part of the tour.
  • Fixed time window of 4 hours. No matter which time slot you choose.
  • Since 2017 (my visit) important: always carry your passport with you, because your ticket contains the number of your passport. Without it> no comparison> no access.
  • During the coronavirus , the Peruvian government created the security logs for Machu Picchu. With the Machu Picchu tickets 2021, the number of visitors will be reduced to 1000 per day (the information for each ticket category below is therefore currently not correct) .
  • For guided tours through Machu Picchu, the size of the groups has been minimized to 4 travelers + 1 guide . You can’t get in without a guide anyway.

* There is one exception: You no longer need to book a tour guide if you have already done the tour with a guide the day before. To do this, you have to show the ticket from the previous day and state the name of the tour guide.

Table of Contents (Jump Links)

Best travel time
Best time of day to visit
Buy tickets for Machu Picchu in 2021
By bus to the entrance
Visit the Inca site
Getting there
Visit Machu Picchu virtually
Machu Picchu History
More information & tips on visiting
Conclusion: Were the expectations met?
Questions and answers about Machu Picchu

Best travel time

You can visit this highlight in Peru all year round. However, the dry season (Peruvian winter) between May and September is ideal . The rainy season is from October to April. It rains most in February, when the Inca Trail is also closed.

I visited the ruin site on two consecutive days at the end of September .

Note, however, that the weather in the Andes can change at any time. Always take a poncho or a rain jacket with you so that you don’t literally stand in the rain.

My favorite months are in the off-season

If I had to decide again, I would choose the months of September and October again . Alternatively choose April or May . All of these four months are outside the main season ( June, July, August ). I can’t remember a single rainy day on my trip.

We only had snow in the Rainbow Mountains and briefly on the Lares Trek at over 3,000 meters. We had only booked the Lares Trek tickets for this trip in advance in Germany. Otherwise just considered a rough route.

The weather in the high Andes is always difficult to predict. The location at 2,430 m between high peaks, deeply cutting valleys also includes a mountain rainforest, you have to expect everything. The weather can change within a day – even a few minutes.

Best time of day to visit

I don’t know why, but there is a persistent rumor that sunrise is the best time to visit Machu Picchu. Honestly, that’s the biggest bullshit .

Because on more than 90% of all days of the year you have fog at sunrise . You don’t see anything at all. Of course, sunrise is the most beautiful for photos. But you get these photos with sun, fog and ruins from around 10 o’clock (empirical values).

Look at this photo. The time stamp says 8:59 . Only at this time did the fog and clouds clear and slowly the Inca ruins became visible.

My favorite time slot is the last opportunity of the day: The last 4 hours when many are sitting on the train back to Ollantaytambo or relaxing in the hotel.

However, you only get to the Huayna Picchu and Machu Picchu peaks in the morning. We had tickets for the Montaña, unfortunately no time, otherwise the train into the valley would have left without us.

The visit to Machu Picchu in the morning: Often foggy and not a clear view from a distance.

So I was really happy that we were here with a local.

His best tip: Have your luggage brought to the hotel, grab your camera and passport and off to the ticket counter in Aguas Calientes. We actually had tickets for the next morning. On the day of arrival we spontaneously tried our luck at the official ticket counter and a few minutes later held our tickets (with bus tickets) in hand.

Important : never forget your passport, your most important item to visit. Because the number of your passport is printed on the ticket.

It was the best decision I’ve ever made . What was even better: The ticket cost only half the price of the ticket the next day. According to our guide, tickets are always available on site for the 2nd day slot (2do Turno, time from 1 p.m.).

What was even better:

Shortly before Machu Picchu was closed in the evening, there were no other people on the complex except for one more couple, a few llamas and alpacas.

Note on Corona update: Since Corona, you have to specify your time window more precisely. In order to avoid a traffic jam at the entrance, there are hourly appointments for a certain contingent.

Buy tickets for Machu Picchu in 2021

There are several options for tickets to Machu Picchu. Depending on how much time you have to visit, you can choose additional options. For the visit we had the ticket Machupicchu + Montaña (9 a.m. – 10 a.m.) and the day before the normal ticket without additional mountains (only available in the morning) for the second time slot from 1 p.m.

Do not forget that it always goes up and down. It takes a lot more time than you think.

The most important thing about the tickets:

All tickets are only available to a limited extent. Reserve them well in advance of your trip , because of course everyone wants to visit this world heritage site. The Machupicchu + Huayna Picchu ticket is particularly popular . It is advisable to get this ticket 3 or 4 months in advance (it was already fully booked with us, so we “only” got the ticket for the summit).

For tickets with the mountain Huayna Picchu or Machu Picchu summit , every tourist must register his entry and exit at the checkpoint. Once at the top, the latest time for the descent by 13 Uh r. If you are the temple of the moon want to visit on the Huayna Picchu, you should with your descent not later than 11.30 am start.

The average time for ascent (approx. 45 minutes), descent and time on Mount Huayna Picchu is 3 hours. If you also visit the Great Cave and the Moon Temple, plan 4 hours. You would only have 1 hour for the rest of the system. Therefore: Buy a 2nd ticket.

The average time for ascent (1 hour, 30 minutes), descent (1 hour) and time at the top of Machu Picchu is 4 hours.

In the past you could bribe the guides with money and still get to the summit (sometimes, so they say). As a result, this is no longer so easy or possible (I cannot confirm all of this, they are just rumors and tips that were given to me).

Options & Prices:

(possible that these will be raised after Corona)

  1. Machu Picchu only ticket: 152 Sol (approx. $41)
  2. Machu Picchu + Huayna Picchu: 200 Sol (approx. $54)
  3. Machu Picchu + summit (Montaña): 200 Sol (approx. $54)

1. Machu Picchu only ticket

  • Normal Standard Ticket : Visit to the Machu Picchu site with Intipunku, Inca Bridge, … just without access to the Huayna Picchu or Montaña mountains.
  • Limited to 2500 places per day
  • Price adults: 152 sol

Possible time windows:

  1. Group from 6 a.m. / 7 a.m. / 8 a.m.
  2. Group from 9/10/11 a.m.
  3. Group from 12 p.m. / 1 ​​p.m. / 2 p.m.

2. Machu Pichu + Huayna Picchu Ticket

  • In addition to the facility, you can visit the summit of Huayna Picchu and the moon temple.
  • 400 places per day.
  • Price adults: 200 sol

Possible time windows:

  1. Group (entrance Machu Picchu from 6 a.m. / Huayna Picchu from 7 a.m. to 8 a.m.> be on time).
  2. Group (entrance Machu Picchu from 7 a.m. / Huayna Picchu from 7 a.m. to 8 a.m.> be on time).
  3. Group (entrance Machu Picchu from 8 a.m. / Huayna Picchu from 10.30 a.m. to 11.30 a.m.> be on time).

3. Machu Picchu + Montaña ticket

  • In addition to the facility, you can climb the top of the Machu Picchu mountain.
  • Limited to 800 places per day.
  • Price adults: 200 sol

Possible time windows:

  1. Group (entrance Machu Picchu from 6 a.m. / mountain from 7 a.m. to 8 a.m.> be on time).
  2. Group (entrance Machu Picchu from 7 a.m. / mountain from 7 a.m. to 8 a.m.> be on time).
  3. Group (entrance Machu Picchu from 8 a.m. / mountain from 9 a.m. to 10 a.m.> be on time).

4. Book a 2nd ticket! Either in advance or last minute on site

For visitors going straight to Machu Picchu or visiting the Inca site with Huayna Picchu, Montañs or the museum, I recommend booking a second Machu Picchu ticket either on the same or the next day. This gives you more time in the Inca citadel.

During the 2nd entry you can explore Machu Picchu again and enjoy the sun gate, the Inca bridge or simply the great atmosphere and view.

Basically, the time slots in the afternoon are much less crowded than in the morning.

We also had 2 tickets!

If you have a ticket for the morning, try to get hold of “last-minute tickets” for the afternoon at the ticket counter on the day of arrival (usually around noon the day before).

This is really my best tip and the best time to visit!

Too often there is fog in and over the system, especially in the morning. The view from the Sonnentor, Montaña or Huayna Picchu is then low or almost zero.

Our guide had suggested this visit from his experience and we were ready to pay the entrance fee a second time (tickets for the next day had been booked in advance). How good this decision was became evident in the course of the afternoon. More and more visitors left the facility. Shortly before closing at 5 p.m. (currently closing at 4 p.m.) we were almost alone. A dream!

After we hold the tickets for Machu Picchu and the bus in our hands immediately after arriving in Aguas Calientes, we are in the very short queue (waiting time “only” 30 minutes). When you arrive at the entrance after a serpentine bus ride, it continues just as quickly. Show your ticket and passport – and we’re “inside” one of the most visited sights in the world.

If you have two tickets, you also have one more option for a clear view and great weather!

Book Machu Picchu tickets online

This change will be available from 2021 : Since Corona, you have to select your time slot every hour. Access is very limited per hour.

That is why the Peruvian government has set up a new website for booking Machu Picchu tickets for 2021 . Apparently the option for morning and afternoon tickets has been removed and replaced with an hourly entry time . The entrance tickets for the morning are valid from the full hour until 12 noon. All you have to do is select the time of your entry.

There is only one official website for tickets, this one:

The booking options are currently changing almost daily.

Book Machu Picchu tickets online

1. Visit the Ministry of Culture’s website

The website should currently look like this. You can change the language to English at the top right.

2. Select the type of ticket you want to buy

“General” means general ticket for foreign visitors. Have your passport ready as you will need to enter the number. You have to present this at the entrance.
You can reserve a maximum of 5 tickets.
(The other options are for Cusqueõs or Peruvians / Colombians, Ecuadorians or Bolivians)

3. Select your date & number of people

After choosing your ticket type, you can choose the date of your visit and the number of tickets.

Adultos = number of adults
Estudiantes = number of students
Menores = number of children

4. Select your time slot

You can see how many tickets are still available for the respective time slot. Choose your option and click on “Continuar con la reserva” .

5. Enter your details and complete your order

Check your details, which must be correct. Remember that entering incorrect information will result in the loss of the full ticket price. If the information is correct, click on the blue “Siguiente” field.

6. Confirm that your information is correct

Check your previously entered data and agree. The translation reads something like “I declare under oath that the information entered by the visitors to this reservation is true.”

Please enter a valid email address. The tickets will be sent to them.

7. Pay for your tickets

In the reservation information you will find the reservation code and the total amount to be paid.
Print out the reservation and also save it as a PDF on your computer and mobile phone. It’s never good to have just a hard copy of important documents (I save everything on Dropbox).

Next, you need to pay for the tickets. Keep in mind that if you don’t use a travel credit card , which I recommend , you may pay up to 3% additional fees (foreign currency) . You have 3 hours to pay for this reservation. Otherwise your reservation will be automatically cancelled.

Click on Mastercard or Visa to pay and be redirected to the payment page.

Note: You can only pay in PEN, the currency in Peru.

Note: Re-entry is no longer possible!

One of the most important changes in the “Regulation on Sustainable Use and Tourist Visits to Conserve the“ Llaqta of Machu Picchu ” is that it is not allowed to leave and re-enter the complex. You have to know that, as there are NO TOILETS on the premises ! These are in front of the entrance.

By bus entrance

That probably all sounds wilder than it is. In general, I advise you to book the ticket through an agency. Then you can book the bus ticket from Aguas Calientes with the bus to the top.

Because: The hike up on foot leads over serpentines, over which the shuttle buses speed. It’s far from spectacular and not worth the walk (in my eyes). If your budget is tight, it may make sense for you to save on tickets.

Visit the Inca site

As already mentioned, you are only allowed to visit the Inca site with a guide. You can stay on the facility for a maximum of four hours with a ticket. If you are inside, you can choose between three circular routes, which all meet at the Plaza de los Templos (temple square in the center).

Loop 1 (red) is the most popular and takes you past all the important viewpoints that are known from pictures. It starts with a short but steep climb up a staircase. This ends at the Guard House. Here you get the classic view of the ruins and the Huayna Picchu. It’s often full in the mornings and you have to queue to take a picture. On our first visit in the late afternoon, it was very pleasant.

If you continue to the left in the direction of the Inka Bridge , the crowd of people decreases. You also get a wonderful view from here and there are far fewer people here.

You will also pass the Sun Temple , Temple of the Condor , Intihuatana Stone and other famous postcard views.

Pay attention to the architecture

Even in Cusco we were fascinated by the architecture of the Incas. The stones are machined so precisely that they fit one another with millimeter precision (without using mortar or sand). It’s almost like Tetris, incredible.

It is probably thanks to this technology that the walls are so well preserved to this day and even withstand earthquakes. The walls can move, but they won’t break apart. I am sure that your guide will show you impressive examples in the field.

Machu Picchu is a highlight and masterpiece of the architecture and construction of the Incas.

The sun gate

Make sure to go to the Sun Gate if you still have time. You have to expect about an hour’s walk uphill. Do not underestimate the height, because it is a lot more strenuous in the Andes. You arrive at this gate if you walk the classic Inca Trail .

In the morning the view of the ruins is often denied from up here, as it is very foggy on most days. The distance is also a bit bigger. If you have little time, leave out the sun gate and concentrate on the other highlights of the ruins.

I wanted so badly to go to Huayna Picchu, but unfortunately the tickets were sold out. For that we had tickets for the Montaña. But we would not have made it in time, because the provider of the Lares Trek booked the train to Cusco in such a way that we could not have reached it (at least our guide said). At first I was very pissed off and disappointed. But since the whole morning was very foggy, we wouldn’t have had a look down from the Montaña anyway.

Getting there

The best starting point for visiting Machu Picchu is Cusco. The airport is also located here. We flew from Lima to Cusco (with LATAM).

Of course, you can also travel by bus. This is the cheaper option, but it takes a lot more time. Unfortunately, I have no advice for that, because we flew.

With organizer and tour

I have honestly never been a fan of multi-person tours. But for the visit it is really suitable to look for a local organizer who will organize everything for you. Because buying the tickets alone is getting more and more complicated for foreigners.

Ideally, you will get to Machu Picchu as part of a tour. Since you are no longer allowed to visit the Inca site on your own, this is the most stress-free option.

You can book a tour in Cusco with one of the many tour operators. These then take care of the train ticket, accommodation and also after admission. I advise you to stay at least 1 night in Aguas Calientes.

If you do one of the treks, you will arrive at the sun gate on foot. We did the Lares Trek and like many took the train from Ollantaytambo to Aguas Calientes.

By train

The train route runs from Cusco over the Sacred Valley to Machu Picchu . There are two companies that have tickets and trains:

Our $55 ticket was for Inca Rail’s “Executive Class”. With both providers, the rule is that you are only allowed to take a limited amount of luggage with you.

We got on in Ollantaytambo. If you want to start from Cusco, you should use the shuttle service from the hotel to the train station in Poroy.

The drive to Aguas Calientes takes about 1.2 hours. The train moves slowly through the landscape, jerking. If you have the opportunity, you should try to get a seat on the left-hand side (in the direction of travel) on the outward journey and on the right-hand side on the return journey. The places are firm.

By the way, there are no roads up. There is no room for that in the high cloud forest of the Andes.

Walk to Aguas Calientes

This variant is really for those who are traveling on a low-low budget. To be honest, that’s out of the question for me. But you can walk the 8 km from Hidroelectrica up along the train tracks. The only advantage of this is that you have plenty of time to get great photos and views. I sat on the wrong side of the train and saw more rocks than landscape.

With a (multi-day) hike (Inca Trail) to Machu Picchu

Most (younger) tourists tell themselves that the journey is the goal and book the 4-day Inca Trail. The hike to Machu Picchu is by far the most popular. You can only do this as part of a booked tour.

Before the trip, it was clear to me that I would rather try an alternative. I don’t like crowds, especially when camping or hiking in nature.

Since the Inca Trail is so popular, you have to book about 6 months in advance. I guarantee you one thing: you will never be alone on the Inca Trail.

So take a look at the alternatives:

  • Lares Trek (my 2nd choice, I did)
  • Salkantay Trek (becoming more and more popular, so it was fully booked)

Alternative trails are worthwhile in my opinion, because the landscape is magnificent everywhere. Also take a look at the Choquequirao trek . I did this 4 day hike a few days before. In contrast to Machu Picchu, hardly excavated and a much larger Inca site!

Advantage of the trails : You don’t have to worry about the entrance ticket for Machu Picchu (+ bus ticket) or the train tickets. Your provider organizes and books everything!

Visit Machu Picchu virtually

Take a look at the facility on Google Maps and navigate through the Inca City. Pretty good, so you can get an idea of ​​what to expect:

Machu Picchu History

Machu Picchu in Quechua (Machu Pikchu) means old peak. The well-preserved ruined city in the Andes was built by the Inca in the 15th century at an altitude of 2340 m between the peaks of Huayna Picchu and Machu Picchu Montaña. The city once comprised 216 stone buildings that were built in terraces on around 3,000 steps.

It is now assumed that the city was able to accommodate 1000 people during its heyday. There is no tradition about the meaning and purpose of the city and there are only guesses. In any case, the site was not discovered by the Spanish conquerors.

The local population found out about its existence in 1874 when the surveyor Herman Göhring first drew an exact map. The village was officially rediscovered in 1911 by the American archaeologist Hiram Bingham. In fact, some other researchers before that. Allegedly everything was looted, but by whom and when it is still not known.

There is a lot of documentation on the Internet, a really exciting topic!

Why was Machu Picchu built?

To be honest, we still don’t know what the real benefit of the system was. Every Peruvian has his own theory. But it is and remains a great mystery.

One of the theories suggests that it was supposed to have been a holy women’s monastery, since initially only women’s skeletons were excavated. It has now been found that half of them were made by men. As a result, this theory should have been rejected.

Another says that it could have been the royal seat of Inca Pachacutec. Yet if Machu Picchu had served multiple purposes, it would have been very extraordinary for the Incas.

Perhaps we will still see how the mystery of the holy mountain is solved!

More information & tips on visiting

That is not allowed on the premises

  • No selfie stick or tripod
  • High heels (makes no sense anyway, there are too many steps)
  • alcohol
  • stroller
  • Larger backpacks (no larger than 40 x 35 x 20 cm)
  • Plastic in any form (bottles, bags, straws). You are allowed to bring your own drinking bottles that are not made of plastic
  • You can pack food and drink, but is currently prohibited (Covid-19 restrictions)

It is also forbidden

  • Hiking sticks (only allowed for elderly people, but then a rubber cap must be on them. Tips are forbidden)
  • smoking
  • Drones
  • Sharp knives & weapons
  • To leave the given routes
  • Feeding the animals (especially the llamas)
  • Bringing animals forbidden (dogs)

Machu Picchu Hotel Tip: Inkaterra Pueblo Hotel

Anyone who wants to go to the sacred mountain of the Incas has to stay somewhere in Aguas Calientes. That is the only reason why this village exists. No wonder that everything here is really geared towards tourism. Don’t expect bargains. It is what it is: expensive but unique. That’s why we didn’t save here. If you have read my Peru travel report , you know that before that we had the Choquequirao Trek (in a tent) and several other experiences. That’s why we wanted a little more luxury on the Lares Trek.

We stayed at the Inkaterra Pueblo Hotel in Aguas Calientes. The hotel was included on the Lares trek that we booked with Mountain Lodges of Peru. The hotel is one of the best options in the pueblo. Alternatively, the ElMaPi by Inkaterra was recommended to us.

Our Hotel: Inkaterra Machu Picchu Pueblo Hotel is a 5-star hotel. Beautifully built in the Andes with spacious rooms, excellent breakfast and dinner. I felt like I was in the middle of the jungle. A unique night in a wonderful place.

facts and figures

  • The number of visitors amounted annually over 1.7 million Touriste n, a day there are about 6000 people . That is why access has now been strictly limited . The mass tourism pollutes the Substan for the ruined city. The world heritage is under threat, especially when it opens in the mornings when most of the tourists flock to the top.
  • There are always big discussions about an airport that should bring even more tourists to the Sacred Valley. An absolute disaster for conservationists and researchers. In 2020 the construction will hopefully be put on hold forever.

Conclusion: Were the expectations met?

  • I found the visit in the late afternoon better than in the morning.
  • In general, the queues from 7 a.m. or in the afternoon from 1 p.m. were very humane and manageable.
  • I would advise everyone to buy tickets for 2 visits again at any time.
  • Tips for an accommodation in Aguas Calientes: Inkaterra Machu Picchu Pueblo Hotel (included in the package of Mountain Lodges of Peru), cheaper and very nice alternative: ElMaPi Hotel by Inkaterra

I have often been disappointed when I stand in special places. That’s why I had no expectations of the visit. I was even a little careful and traveled in and around Cusco and the Sacred Valley for almost 14 days. I really saved the visit to Machu Picchu for the last day in this region. I didn’t want to be disappointed.

In the end, I was happy that I went on the Lares Trek with Mountain Lodges of Peru. Thanks to a local guide, the tips and recommendations were perfect. At first I was skeptical when he suggested going up the mountain in the afternoon of the day of arrival. Something inside of me said “trust him” – and bought a last-minute ticket that was actually pretty cheap.

We almost had the facility to ourselves. Because the tourist masses go to the mountain early in the morning to take the train back to Cusco at noon. We couldn’t have chosen a better timing. I am grateful for this and hope that these tips will also help you.

If we had only been to Machu Picchu in the morning, I would not have been so moved. Because even with two ticket slots, far too many people are still admitted.

I am also glad that I was able to visit the sacred mountain before the new regulations and without a set route. So I could enjoy a lot more and take a closer look at the places that I found beautiful.

Questions and answers about Machu Picchu

Where is Machu Picchu located?

Machu Picchu is located in the middle of the Peruvian Andes above the valley of the Río Urubamba. It is about 2360 meters above sea level. The Inca city is 130 kilometers northwest of the Inca city of Cusco. You can get there on foot on a multi-day hike or by train from Cusco or the Sacred Valley to Aguas Calientes (also called Machu Picchu Pueblo).

Is there an alternative to Machu Picchu?

A great alternative to Machu Picchu is Chouequirao. The ruins are often referred to as the “little sister” because of their similarity to Machu Picchu. However, this Inca site is a lot bigger

Can i take my drone with me?

No, drones are banned. There are high resolution cameras and security everywhere. You will be thrown out immediately if you do or carry something forbidden (experienced it live).

How do you pronounce Machu Picchu?

In German it is pronounced “Matschu Pitschu”.

How much does a visit to Machu Picchu cost?

Machu Picchu only ticket: 152 Sol (approx. $42)
Machu Picchu + Huayna Picchu: 200 Sol (approx. $55)
Machu Picchu + summit (Montaña): 200 Sol (approx. $55)

In addition, there is the hotel in Aguas Calientes and the ticket for the bus from Aguas Calientes to the entrance and back (not expensive, the walk is not worth it).

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