What Machu Picchu's New Travel Rules Mean for Future Travelers

Visitors now must hire guides and follow predetermined routes.

In an effort to protect Machu Picchu's architectural heritage, Peru's Ministry of Culture has imposed new restrictions on travelers visiting the ancient Incan site. 

Since 2012, more than one million people visit Machu Picchu annually, far beyond the limits agreed to by Peru and UNESCO.

As such, visitors are now required to hire a guide to lead them along one of three predetermined tours, available only twice daily: 6 am-noon and noon-5:30 pm. Previously, tour guides were merely recommended and visitors could spend the entire day.

Prices remain at $46.73 for adults and those who have already purchased tickets can use them—without time restrictions—through December 2017.