Machu Picchu is on the bucket list on almost every traveller for its mysterious origin and also, being one of the 7th wonder of the world make it one of the most sought after destination in the world.
First and foremost, you need to purchase your entrance tickets to Machu Picchu months before you embark on the visit. Especially during peak season which falls in the dry season from July to August, tickets sell out very quickly. There is a limit of 2500 visitors per day and two groups of 200 visitors each are allowed to climb up Huayna Picchu between 7 to 8 am and 10 to 11 am. Another group of 400 visitors are allowed to climb up Montana between 7 to 11 am.
My friend and I purchased our tickets via www.machupicchu.gob.pe/ which is the official online government site. Yup… we were not successful for the first twenty times but perseverance paid off when we finally printed out our tickets.
I will explain the procedures step by step and yes, you do have to keep on trying as you will not be able to complete the transaction on the first few tries.
If you know Spanish, go ahead and use that version as your success rate will be much higher than using the English version. For the sake of easy explanation, I will show the Spanish and English versions. My first advice, for those who do not understand Spanish, is to open both versions but do your booking in the Spanish version. Use the English version for translation and understanding purposes.
Using the above pictures as reference, let me take you step by step (using the marked arrows as guidance) to purchase your Machu Picchu tickets.
Step 1 is to choose Machu Picchu. There are only two places to choose from which are Machu Picchu and Raqchi.
Step 2 is to choose what you would like to visit. There are 4 categories to choose from :-
- Machu Picchu: Access to the main site of Machu Picchu = 128 peruvian soles
- Machu Picchu + Huayna Picchu: Access to Machu Picchu and to the mountain peak that is located at the back of the site. Limited to 400 tourists per day which is divided into two groups. 200 tourists will enter Huayna Picchu between 7am to 8am and the other 200 between 10am to 11am = 152 peruvian soles
- Machu Picchu + Montaña: Access to Machu Picchu and another climb up to the peak of Machu Picchu Mountain (La Montaña). This peak faces the main site of Machu Picchu and Huayna Picchu. Limited to 400 tourists per day = 142 peruvian solesjj
- Machu Picchu + Museo: Access to Machu Picchu and the museum = 150 peruvian soles
Step 3 is to choose the date of visit.
Step 4 is to choose the number of tickets.
Step 5 is to click on “Paso 2″ after you have completed all the above 4 steps.
The circled number “64” indicates the number of ticket available for Machu Picchu + Huayna Picchu. For demonstrating purpose, I have chosen this particular category and today is 10 June 2015 and I have chosen 19 August 2015 as the date of visit. It’s slightly more than 2 months to go and yet out of the 400 tickets, only 64 remains. So… I am not exaggerating when I advised to purchase your ticket months earlier prior to your visit in order to secure a place.
Okay, once you have successfully completed Paso 1, at the click of your mouse on Paso 2, the above page will appear. Here, you will need to fill in your personal details such as Name, Last Name, Country, Age, Type of Document , Number of Document and Sex (as circled in green). Once completed, click on Paso 3. After this step, I could not go any further with the English version and had to complete my booking solely with the Spanish version. So be forewarned just in case you find yourself in the same situation.
This is the Reservation page and there are 3 things to do.
Step 1 Fill in your address. It is acceptable if you can’t fill in your full address. In fact, I could not type on after the first word.
Step 2 Click on the box to indicate that you accept the terms and conditions.
Step 3 Click on GENERAR RESERVA (generate reservation)
Two things will happen after clicking on GENERAR RESERVA. A message will appear superimposed on the reservation page and the Reservation Form will also appear on the same window. The message is to inform you that after you have make payment for the reservation (under Pagos), you must enter the reservation code (circled in red) in the CHECK-IN page to print out the entrance tickets to Machu Picchu. So, please save the reservation form immediately so that you will not lose your reservation number.
You are now drawing closer to achieving your goal of securing tickets to Machu Picchu. Click on Pagos (circled purple) to advance to the payment section.
It is time to insert your reservation code into the circled rectangular space. When you have done that, click on Pagar which is on the right hand side of the code.
The above form will appear and please check through the amount again to make sure that you are paying the right amount. The extra 6.13 peruvian sole is for administrative charges. Once you have checked through, it’s time to click on ENVIAR as indicated by the arrow to finalise your payment.Your final step is to fill in the particular of your Visa credit card. After you have done so, press Pagar. This is the place where you might have to try countless time but we succeeded. To ensure less delay, it is advisable to inform your card issuer that you are intending to use the card to make payment for this transaction.
As I didn’t have the foresight to print screen the following procedures after my payment went through, I will explain the rest of the procedures to you.
Assuming your payment is successful, it’s now time to click on the CHECK-IN. When the page appeared, you will need to key in your reservation code in the designated place to print out your Machu Picchu tickets.
This is actually a very easy way to buy your Machu Picchu tickets but you definitely need a whole lot of patience to see to the end. Well, if you give up, then you could always resort to travel agent or your hotel to buy the tickets at a commission. This could also be quite frustrating as the agents might want you to wire the money to them beforehand. Whichever methods you use, Machu Picchu is worth all your pain, efforts and exasperation.