The Cusco Decentralized Culture Department has announced a series of prohibitions for the visits to Machu Picchu that apply to tourists, tour guides and other visitors. The purpose is to guarantee the physical integrity of the visitors and to preserve the natural and cultural heritage of the Inca citadel.
Through a Ministerial Resolution it has been determined that starting July 1
st, the following are “prohibited”.

  • To carry backpacks or bags that exceed the following measures: 40 × 35 × 20 centimeters. These must remain in the wardrobe that is located at the entrance of the Inca Citadel.
  • Enter with food and utensils.
  • To enter with illegal substances, alcoholic beverages (or under its effects) and aerosols.
  • To carry umbrellas (hats and raincoats are allowed).
  • To carry tripods, supports or extensions for cameras, cell phones or other elements to film and take photos (this also applies to selfie sticks); unless authorized by the Cusco Decentralized Culture Department.
  • Enter with animals (only guide dogs are accepted).
  • Musical instruments, megaphones, speakers.
  • Baby carriages (only baby backpacks that do not have metal frames are permitted).
  • To wear high heels or hard- sole shoes.
  • Sharpie objects and/or weapons of any kind, as well as sticks with metal tip.
  • Clothing intended for advertising purposes.
  • To cause tumult or to generate disorder in the access to the Llaqta of Machu Picchu, as well as to leaning or climbing on the walls and/or structures.
  • Touching, moving or extracting lithic elements, or to do graffiti.
  • Disturb, collect or extract native flora or fauna and / or cultural elements.
  • To carry out activities that involve the deterioration of the Llaqta of Machu Picchu, its natural environment and/or facilities.
  • Smoking
  • Disrespecting the established circuits or routes.
  • Feeding the domestic and wild animals of the Llaqta of Machu Picchu.
  • Fly over with paraglider, drones or any kind of small craft.
  • Filming and photographing for advertising purposes or in high risk places.
  • The illegal entry to the Llaqta of Machu Picchu by routes that are not allowed.

The regulations specify that the non-compliance of the specifications above will determine the expulsion of the Llaqta of Machu Picchu without the right to refund the amount of the entry ticket.
Please take precautions for your visits and share this information with your friends.