Machu Picchu, on of the seven world wonders and most important tourist destination of Peru, will be changing its visiting hours starting in July of this year. From July 1st on, the famous archaeological site will be offering entrance for tourists in two set time slots.
Tourists in Peru will now be admitted in the morning between 6:00 am and 12:00 pm, or in the afternoon from 12:00 pm to 5:30 pm.
These changes will be reflected in the tickets sold and reserved after the 1st of June. All other tickets purchased before then will follow the current schedule (which is the complete day, until 5.00 pm).
According to the Peruvian Ministry of Culture, this measure was adopted as a way to better to space out crowds at the popular tourist attraction in Peru, which can become notoriously congested in the busy season.
This new schedule was also created in hopes that by controlling visitor numbers, Machu Picchu will stay better preserved for future generations.
For travelers that want to embrace the adventurous spirit of the Incas, there are different options to travel to Machu Picchu. You can choose to travel by train from Cusco or Ollantaytambo, or, participate in one of the hikes to Machu Picchu.