Wednesday, October 10, 2012

Heading to Machu Picchu?

If you will be going to Machu Picchu as an independent traveler, be sure to get your tickets early. Since mid-2011, the number of visitors at Machu Picchu has been capped at 2,500 per day and Peru requires tickets to be purchased in advance. While tour operators will handle that for their clients, independent traveler will need to make their own arrangements.

However, the official ticket website of the Peruvian Ministerio de Cultura, is difficult to navigate and currently does not accept payments by credit cards. Reservations can still be made on the website, but payments for the tickets must be made in country at one of Several Banco de la Nacion de Peru locations.

Travelers can also purchase tickets through tour operators in Lima, Cuzco and the Sacred Valley. Expect to be charged a small service fee.

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