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Peru’s Ministry of Culture announced recently new regulations for the visit to Machu Picchu will be put into effect as of July 1st, 2017. The aim of this measure is to preserve this UNESCO heritage site. Hereby we want to inform you about the main changes to the current procedure and their implications. Please note that some of the details are not yet confirmed in writing and therefore subject to change until their implementation or confirmation: 1) As of July 1st there will be 2 shifts to visit Machu Picchu: – morning shift: from 6:00 to 12:00 – afternoon shift: from 12:00 to 17:30 Notes: – Visitors with a morning ticket have to leave the site by 12:00. The enforcement/control of this is currently still under discussion. – It will be possible to exit and re-enter Machu Picchu, but only within the shift. – For visits including a hike to Wayna Picchu or Machu Picchu Mountain the above times do not apply, but they are restricted by separate regulations and the permits are limited. 2) Circuits There will be 3 defined circuits for the visit to Machu Picchu. Circuit 1 (approx. 3 hours) and Circuit 2 (approx. 2.5 hours) are recommended for the general public, while Circuit 3 is designed for those visitors with walking difficulty. (approx. 2 hours) Notes: – The circuits are not exclusive, as long as the visitor leaves Machu Picchu by the end of his shift (someone entering Machu Picchu at 6:00 or 12:00 respectively could do both circuit 1 and 2) – Upon finishing their guided tour (see also below point 3), travellers are free to explore Machu Picchu on their own until the end of their shift, always respecting the off-limit areas and general regulations to visit the site. 3) An official guide is required for the visit to Machu Picchu, and the number of travellers per group/guide is restricted to max. 16. Notes: – An exception to this rule will be a second visit to Machu Picchu. The requirement of being accompanied by a guide only applies to the first visit. As the first entry is registered in the system, the travellers are granted access without a guide on their second visit (obviously having purchased a second entrance ticket) Conclusion: Under this new situation we recommend: – If travellers visit Machu Picchu in a Full Day tour, take the afternoon shift. – If travellers stay overnight at Aguas Calientes, take the morning shift. The detailed schedule will depend on train availability and we also expect a lot of congestion at peak times (6:00/12:00/17:30), both at the entrance/exit and the shuttle bus stop which needs to be taken into account. For all our confirmed bookings we will contact you if it is necessary to make any adjustment to the itinerary.