As if four days of traipsing through the Andean slopes isn’t enough, we’re staying an extra day in the (tourist trap) town of Aguas Calientes to climb Huayna Picchu and spend few extra hours in Machu Picchu one last time. Huayna Picchu is the towering mountain seen behind nearly every Machu Picchu photo there is. If Machu Picchu is the “old peak”, Huayna Picchu (also spelled as Wayna Picchu) is the “young peak”. It is believed to be the home of the high priests and local virgins in the ancient times. If you want a 360° view of Machu Picchu gloriousness, this is your peak to trek.
Since we will be staying an extra day in Aguas Calientes, we are responsible for securing our own Machu Picchu and Huayna Picchu entrance passes. Either you have someone from Cusco to buy it for you (for an extra charge) or you buy one for yourself online, ahead of time, since tickets tend to sell out quickly! A few years ago, it wasn’t possible to reserve your tickets online in advance but thanks to modern technology, we can now do this in the comforts of our home or office.
Now, how to purchase your Machu Picchu and Huayna Picchu boletos online? Here’s a step-by-step guide of how I did it:
1) Head over to http://www.machupicchu.gob.pe/. Do not translate the page to English.
2. For Lugar a Visitar: Choose Machu Picchu. Depending on what site you want to visit, you can indicate it in Seleccione la Ruta. For this, I chose Machu Picchu + Huayna Picchu 1G 7:00am (there are 2 different schedules of entry, chose the earliest).
As an example, I chose the August 21 date. Notice the numbers below Disponibilidad. That’s the number of remaining tickets left for sale on that day. As in Inca Trail, the local government has also limited the number of people that can access the site, 400 to be exact. Type the quantity of tickets to be purchased under Extranjeros (foreigner) Cantidad (quantity).
Boletos are sold 150 soles each for foreigners and 90 soles for locals.
3. Click Paso 2 to move on to next step.
4. Provide your information. Under Pais (country), choose your country. For Filipinos, look for Filipinas instead of Philippines (I emailed customer service for this because I thought there was no option for Philippines!). I chose passport as my Tipo Doc. (document type) and have provided my passport number in Nro. doc. 5. Click Paso 3. Tick Acepto las condiciones (terms of conditions) then click Generar Reserva.
6. A new window will pop out and this part is an important one. Take note of Reserva and the alphanumeric values beside it. You will have to write those down in a piece of paper, a notepad, or your mobile, whatever’s easily accessible to you.
7. Close the pop out window after writing down the reservation number. You’re going to need it when paying for the ticket(s) you just reserved. Go to the next tab Pagos (payment). Copy down the reservation number you just wrote down in the box under Codigo de Reserva then click Pagar. From here on, instructions are pretty straightforward. You will have to provide your credit card details and confirm that you are indeed the holder of the card. Total amount to be paid will become $156 soles and this didn’t surprise me at all. Hello annoying extra charges.
Currently, they only accept Visa cards as online payment for purchased boleto(s). Not sure when will they include Mastercards. I didn’t have any problem with my purchase but I read from other blogs that in some cases, payments won’t go through. Credit card holders may need to inform and arrange technicalities with their respective banks first before they can push through the online payment.
There’s too little information on web about this topic so as a way of paying it forward to the next traveler on their way to Machu Picchu, who’ve probably searched the web high and low for additional information, this one’s for you. Hopefully this guide can help you with your Machu Picchu and Huayna Picchu entry ticket purchase. Remember, they sell out really quick especially on peak season so it’s best to reserve yours as early as you can.