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Discover the New Circuits to Machu Picchu in 2024

New Circuits to Machu Picchu in 2024

Exciting changes are coming to Machu Picchu starting June 1st, 2024! The iconic Incan citadel is set to introduce new visitor routes and increase its daily capacity to 5,600 guests. Announced through Ministerial Resolution No. 000207-2024-MC, these updates aim to enhance the visitor experience while preserving the site’s rich cultural heritage. Whether you’re a seasoned traveler or planning your first visit, here’s what you need to know about these exciting new developments.

Main Points

Here’s what you need to know as of May 25:

1. Ticket Availability:Tickets for entry to the new circuits at Machu Picchu are now live on the familiar TuBolet/Joinnus website. These tickets cover visits through October 15th, as well as December 30th and 31st.

2. Access to Maps: You can now find maps for each new circuit on the old Machu Picchu website. keep scrolling to find all the maps!

3. Impact on Existing Circuits: Brace yourselves! All existing circuits at Machu Picchu will undergo changes. Tickets for the old circuits are sold out and are no longer available. However, if you spot them on the Joinnus website, simply disregard them. It seems they’ve added the new circuits to the list without proper display. Farewell, Joinnus, you’ve served us well!

4. Commencement Date: The changes to the circuits will kick off on June 1, 2024, so mark your calendars.

5. Changes for Pre-Purchased Tickets:Even visitors who’ve pre-purchased Machu Picchu tickets for entry after June 1 can expect changes to the circuits they initially chose.

6. New Routes for Circuit #1: Say hello to three new routes: “Upper Terrace Route,” “Intipunku Cover Route,” and “Puente Inka Route.” Please note that none of these routes grant access to the ancient city. Instead, they offer panoramic views of Machu Picchu city from the upper terraces, along with access to the Inca Bridge and a hike up to the Sungate.

7. New Routes for Circuit #2: Circuit #2 introduces two new routes: the “Classic Designed Route” and the “Lower Terrace Route.” Both routes provide access to the full upper and lower circuits. However, Route 2B does not include the classic view of Machu Picchu from the upper terrace.

8. New Routes for Circuit #3: Circuit #3 offers three new routes: the “Designed Royalty Route,” the “Great Cavern Route,” and the “Huchuy Picchu Route.” While the “Designed Royalty Route” may grant entry to what was formerly known as the “Wayna Picchu” route, we’re still awaiting official definitions for these terms.

9. Noteworthy Route Details:The “Great Cavern Route” is the revamped “Temple of the Moon.” Previously part of the Wayna Picchu hike, it has now been monetized as a separate route. However, it does not include a hike to Wayna Picchu itself.

These updates promise a thrilling adventure at Machu Picchu, and we’re here to guide you every step of the way. Stay tuned for more insights and discoveries!

When to Visit: Peak Season Highlights

The peak season for visiting Machu Picchu will run from June 1st to October 15th, 2024, with additional high visitor days on December 30th and 31st. These periods are ideal for exploring the new routes and enjoying the enhanced visitor experience. With the increased daily capacity, more travelers will have the opportunity to immerse themselves in the history and beauty of this UNESCO World Heritage site.

Unveiling the New Routes

Although comprehensive details about the new routes are still forthcoming, the Ministry of Culture has provided some preliminary insights. Here’s a breakdown of the changes and new routes you can expect to explore:

Circuits Active Until May 31, 2024Circuits Active From June 1, 2024
Circuit 1 or 2: Llaqta de Machu Picchu

Circuit 1 or 2: Llaqta de Machu Picchu and Inca Bridge
Choose from the following circuits, depending on availability:

Circuit 2 or Classic Machu Picchu Circuit:
Route 2-A: Designed Route
Route 2-B: Lower Terrace Route

Circuit 3 or Royalty Circuit:
Route 3-B: Designed Route
Circuit 3: Llaqta de Machu Picchu and Montaña Machu PicchuChoose from the following two circuits, depending on availability:

Circuit 1 or Panoramic Circuit:
Route 1-A: Route to Montaña Machu Picchu

Circuit 3 or Royalty Circuit:
Route 3-B: Designed Route
Circuit 4: Llaqta de Machu Picchu and Huayna PicchuCircuit 3 or Royalty Circuit:
Route 3-A: Route to Waynapicchu Mountain
Circuit 4: Llaqta de Machu Picchu and Huchuy PicchuChoose from the following routes, depending on availability:

Circuit 3 or Royalty Circuit:
Route 3-B: Designed Route
Route 3-D: Route to Huchuy Picchu

Current Routes (Valid Until May 31, 2024):

  • Circuit 1 or 2: Llaqta de Machu Picchu
  • Circuit 3: Llaqta de Machu Picchu and Montaña Machu Picchu
  • Circuit 4: Llaqta de Machu Picchu and Huayna Picchu

New Routes (Starting June 1, 2024):

Circuit 1 or 2: Llaqta de Machu Picchu and Puente Inca

  • Route 2-A: A specially designed route offering a unique perspective of the site.
  • Route 2-B: A scenic lower terrace path, perfect for those who want a comprehensive tour.

Circuit 3: Llaqta de Machu Picchu and Montaña Machu Picchu

  • Route 1-A: Pathway to Montaña Machu Picchu, ideal for adventurous travelers seeking breathtaking views.

Circuit 3 or Royalty Circuit

  • Route 3-B: A well-planned route showcasing some of the most significant and majestic parts of Machu Picchu.

Circuit 4: Llaqta de Machu Picchu and Huayna Picchu or Huchuy Picchu

  • Route 3-B: Another beautifully designed route, offering a different perspective of the site.
  • Route 3-D: Pathway to Huchuy Picchu, perfect for those looking to explore less crowded areas.

Frequently Asked Questions

Planning a trip to Machu Picchu after June 1st? 

Great news! Tickets for entry to the new circuits at Machu Picchu are now up for grabs on the Joinnus/TuBoleto website, just like before. These tickets cover visits from June 1st to October 15th, as well as December 30th and 31st. Unfortunately, tickets for the old circuits are no longer available for any dates. If you encounter the old circuits on the Joinnus website, don’t worry, simply disregard them.

Wondering which new circuit is the ideal choice for your Machu Picchu adventure?

Let me break it down for you. Based on what our guides have experienced, it seems all three circuits marked as #1 primarily offer breathtaking views of Machu Picchu from the upper terraces, but don’t include entry to the ancient city itself. However, there’s good news! One of these circuits now offers an option to hike up to IntiPunku, which has been closed to visitors since the pandemic. Additionally, visitors can hike the short 1-day Inca Trail for stunning views and entry to lower circuits. As for the “best” circuits, both options under circuit #2, namely “Classic Designed Route” and “Lower Terrace Route,” stand out. These tickets grant access to both upper and lower circuits of the ancient city and the Plaza of the Temples. The only difference between them is that 2B Lower Terrace Route doesn’t include access to the classic view of Machu Picchu from the upper circuit.

Concerned about arriving late to Machu Picchu? 

Fear not! Unless you have a compelling reason, such as a natural disaster or train suspension, it’s best not to keep “the wonder” waiting. The entry time starts from the printed time on your ticket, with a grace period of thirty to forty-five minutes, depending on the season.

Wondering when the high season at Machu Picchu begins? 

From June 1st to October 15th, it’s officially the high season. However, Machu Picchu can be bustling year-round. Defining the high season also determines the grace period for late entries, but beyond that, there aren’t significant advantages or disadvantages to traveling during one season over another.

Already bought tickets for entry after June 1st? 

No worries! Your tickets remain valid, and you can adjust your plans according to the new itineraries outlined in the conversion chart.

Excited to explore the new circuits but need maps? 

Look no further! You can find them here:

Circuit 1 (Panorámico) – Ruta 1-C: Ruta Portada Intipunku (Available only in high season)

Circuit 1 (Panorámico) – Ruta 1-B: Ruta Terraza Superior

Circuit 1 (Panorámico) – Ruta 1-A: Ruta Montaña Machupicchu

Circuit 1 (Panorámico) – Ruta 1-A: Ruta Montaña Machupicchu

Circuit 2 (Machupicchu Clásico) – Ruta 2-B: Ruta Terraza Inferior

Circuit 2 (Machupicchu Clásico) – Ruta 2-A: Ruta diseñada

Circuit 3 (Machupicchu Realeza) – Ruta 3-C: Ruta Gran Caverna (Available only in high season)

Circuit 3 (Machupicchu Realeza) – Ruta 3-A: Ruta Montaña Waynapicchu

Circuit 3 (Machupicchu Realeza) – Ruta 3-D: Ruta Huchuypicchu (available only in high season)

Circuit 3 (Machupicchu Realeza) – Ruta 3-B: Ruta diseñada

Enhanced Visitor Management and Entry Regulations

To ensure a smooth and organized experience, entry times will be more strictly regulated. For example, if your ticket is for 9:00 to 10:00 AM, you will have an additional 45 minutes to enter the site. After this period, entry will be denied unless you can demonstrate unavoidable circumstances. This new system aims to minimize congestion and enhance the overall visitor experience, so punctuality is highly recommended.

Preparing for Your Visit

As these changes come into effect, it’s important to stay updated on the latest information regarding the new ticketing platform and specific details about each route. Planning ahead will ensure you make the most of your visit to Machu Picchu.

Interested in joining one of our tours? See our most popular options to Machu Picchu to discover the new 2024 circuits here:

2 Day Machu Picchu Tour 
3 Day Machu Picchu Tour
4 Day Machu Picchu Tour
2 Day Inca Trail Tour

Still have questions? Connect with one of our agents via email at info@visitsoam.com or send us a WhatsApp message at +1 949 299 8915.

Our team of travel experts are here to help!

Final Thoughts

The introduction of new routes and an increased visitor capacity at Machu Picchu is set to make 2024 a remarkable year for travelers. Whether you’re drawn to the history, the breathtaking landscapes, or the cultural significance of this ancient site, the new pathways offer fresh opportunities to explore and experience Machu Picchu like never before. Stay tuned for more updates, and get ready to embark on an unforgettable journey to one of the world’s most awe-inspiring destinations.

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