The historic site of Machu Picchu has a daily visitor limit of 2500 guests. This limit is now being strictly enforced. It is also the high season for tourism at Machu Picchu and recently tourists have been having difficulty obtaining tickets on the day they had planned to visit the site, resulting in substantial additional expenses.
The U.S. Embassy would like to remind all U.S. citizens planning a trip to Machu Picchu that the government of Peru recommends purchasing tickets in advance to avoid possible disappointment if the maximum has been reached for the day of an intended visit. The website of iPeru, Peru’s tourist information and assistance agency, has detailed information on how to obtain tickets. It is possible to reserve and pay online, although the website may be slow to load. The English language website address is http://www.peru.travel/en/ .
For those U.S. citizens already in Peru who have been unable to secure tickets, a limited number of extra tickets are being sold at the Direcion Regional de Cultura (DRC) office in Aguas Calientes over the next few weeks
Message for U.S. Citizens – restricted Machu Picchu tickets
Bill Grimes, United States Embassy in Peru, American Citizens Services Department Warden Of Iquitos.