Peru’s Ministry of Culture has announced a new permit system for tourism visits to the UNESCO World Heritage site of Machu Picchu.

The introduction of permits for one of two daily timeslots is now effective and has been introduced to ensure a sustainable flow of visitors to the ancient citadel.

All travellers must make reservations online from the official Machu Picchu visitor website - at machupicchu.gob.pe - or via a UK or Peru-based tour operator or travel agent. Reservations can be paid online using a VISA card and permit e-tickets can then be printed.

The two entry periods are a morning slot from 06:00 to 12:00 and an afternoon option from 12:00 to 17.30. Visitors will be required to show their ticket and original ID.

The use of an official Machu Picchu tour guide or licensed tour guide is also mandatory for all visits.

For more information see peru.travel

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