When Machu Picchu Entry Tickets Are Sold Out (2023)

Tickets to Machu Picchu can sell out from time to time. This is most likely to happen in August, and in 2022 it happened in July which was operating at 100% capacity. With recent increases in tickets available, there are now over 3600 tickets per day available for foreign visitors, and over 3600 tickets per day for CAN citizens (from South American countries). Not to mention hikers which I calculate to be about 450 per day on both the 4-Day Inca Trail hike and the 1-day Inca Trail hike. The Peru government just announced that Machu Picchu capacity is up to 5044 visitors per day. But when I add up these figures i get 7200. Per Day! (some people are curious about the toilet situation at Machu Picchu. Here's a link to read more.) The reason Machu Picchu tickets can sell out in August is because seasonal demand from North American and European travelers collide with seasonal demand from Peruvians who take their "winter" holidays beginning with Peru Independence Day on July 28. Peruvian schools are closed and families take their vacations.

In 2021, Machu Picchu entry tickets sold out in August and September because only 50% of tickets were available and the Peruvians showed up to visit their national treasure in August. When they found out that all tickets were sold out they raised such a ruckus that the government allowed them to buy tickets from future dates and use them in August! So guess what? Right. Entry tickets sold out in September and even into October. Finally, the Peru government opened up at 100% capacity and the problem went away. In case you're thinking about buying a ticket for any date.. Don't. You can't buy tickets from a future date and use them for entry to Machu Picchu on an earlier date.

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Should you buy Machu Picchu Entry Tickets from a private person?

No. Don't ever do that. All valid tickets purchased online at the Mach Picchu website or from a licensed agency, require every visitor to input their unique passport information There's no way to transfer a Machu Picchu entry ticket with someone's name and passport on it. Every visitor who enters Machu Picchu shows their ticket and the passport they used to purchase the ticket. Both documents need to have matching identification info. If you are in Cusco, there is a way to transfer a valid ticket in person if you have written authorization from the seller. What about getting a refund? Click Here to read more.

How Can Visitors Get Entry to Machu Picchu When Tickets Are Sold Out?

At this time, there are two viable options for getting entry to Machu Picchu when all tickets are sold out on the official Peru government website..


As of September 1, 2022, the Peru government has authorized the sale of up to 1000 tickets per day to be sold in person in the village of Aguas Calientes. These tickets are for entry on the same day as purchased. You need to be in the village early in the morning so you can get your name on a list and go through the process. It's not easy! Go here, Wait over there. Pay here, etc. But as a last resort, you can try it. However there's no way to check availability in advance because tickets are for entry on the same day you buy. It's best if you go to the village the day before and pre-register. Your hotel can tell you where to do that. Get in line early the next day. Be there before 6AM! In case you're wondering, the Peru government is "taking" 1000 tickets per day from future dates in November and December..So. Things are getting cray-cray!

Fortunately, permits for 1 - Day Inca Trail hikes rarely sell out and if they do sell out, it's mostly last minute, meaning at least 4 days before the actual date of the trip because that's what the government requires. These permits include 1 entry ticket to Machu Picchu on lower circuit 5..It's not required to hike the Inca Trail. That's right. We can buy permits for the 2-day Inca Trail and skip the hike. The permits are for a 2-day package trip to Machu Picchu. We have the flexibility to substitue a 1-day Sacred Valley tour by van instead of the hike. Sometimes people ask me if we can just buy the permits and give them the tickets. The cost to do this is higher than buying your own ticket online. We have to send someone in person to buy permits which cost more than ordinary entry tickets. This is why we only offer a 2-day package trip. The package includes the train tickets, tour guide, transportation and bus tickets. It's a much better value than just trying to buy permits and hand over the Machu Picchu entry tickets. And it's a small, private group. But there are agencies now offering "VIP" entry tickets to Machu Picchu by accessing Inca Trail permits. Keep reading!

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How come we see a website that offers Machu Picchu VIP entry tickets when the offcial Peru government website shows they are sold out?

  • Here's what they're doing. They're buying permits for the 2 Day Inca Trail hike that come with circuit 5. They skip the hike on Day 1 and take you by train to the village of Aguas Calientes (where they pre-book a hotel for you and you pay on arrival) Then the next day you go to Machu Picchu for a guided tour on circuit 5. Then return to Cusco. This will likely be a group experience..
  • How are they able to offer tours of circuit 2 at Machu Picchu when the government website is sold out? Again, they set up a 2 day trip to Aguas Calientes. After arrival in the village, you are shown where to stand in line about 1.5 hours to pre-register to buy one (or more) of the 1000 tickets now available every day in the village, for entry to Machu Picchu the next day. At 6AM on Day 2, you will again wait in line and hopefully get your tickets for entry the same day.NOTE: there is a limit of 1000 "last minute" Machu Picchu entry tickets per day and people need to understand that if all tickets sell out, the agency is not able to guarantee you will get a ticket, You may need to spend another night in Aguas Calientes and try again to get entry tickets the next day.

What do travelers need to know about getting to Peru and Machu Picchu after Covid? This is a page full of the latest up-to-date info we can find.Follow this link to our most up to date information.

In case you're curious, the least visited time of year has been in February, which coincides with the height of the rainy season and the annual closing of the Inca Trail for maintenance. Machu Picchu citadel is open every day of the year.

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Here's a link to statistics on Machu Picchu entry tickets sold in 2021

Beginning in 2019, all entry tickets are now sold for entry on the hour.I listed the distribution of tickets by the hour in another blog post.Before you choose your entry tickets to Machu Picchu always check the availability for train service. Although we haven't had any issues finding trains when we need them, there is always the risk of limited availability, especially if you're trying to do a 1 day return trip from Cusco to Machu Picchu.

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Permits for Inca Trail Hikes and Tickets for Huayna Picchu

There are no loopholes or ways to work around sold out permits for the 4-Day Inca Trail and Huayna Picchu Hikes. However, permits for the short 1-day Inca Trail hike do not typically sell out. This allows us to combine the permits for the 1 day hike with a multti-day trek on Lares Valley or the Cachiccata hike.Cachiccata trek with the 2-day Inca Trail this year for hikers who want a multi-day camping trip with a hike over the Sungate to Machu Picchu.This is a great alternative for people who are booking hikes at the last minute. (less than 30 days from arrival in Peru. Please allow at least one week to get permits for the 1-day Inca Trail hike)


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