Visit the Inka Bridge at Machu Picchu


The trail to the Inca Bridge wraps around the backside of a mountain in the opposite direction of the Machu Picchu ruins. A special ticket is not needed to walk the path, although daily traffic to the Inca Bridge is documented. Each visitor must have entrence ticket for circuit #1 or 2. It’s about a 25 minute hike along a fairly narrow path towards the bridge. While the climb isn’t steep, some of the drop-offs along the edges may make some people uneasy.

The Inca Bridge is made of a few narrow logs perched above a sheer vertical drop – it’s believed to have served as a secret entrance to Machu Picchu. Crossing the bridge itself is strictly forbidden today for safety reasons, but you can take as many photos as you like. On the return hike, you’re likely to ponder whether or not you would have the courage to cross the bridge, if you lived during the time of the Incas. See the Inca bridge Information bellow.

Inca Bridge at Machu Picchu Details

  • Age Restrictions: There is no age limit.
  • Height: 2,450 m / 8,038 ft.
  • Location: It is located in the western part of Machu Picchu Inca citadel.
  • What to see: It offers great views of the river and forest down below, hydro electric plant below and also of Machu Picchu from a different angle. From this section you can take great pictures too.
  • Walking Time: It takes about 30 to 35 minutes to reach and come back.
  • Difficulty: Easy.
  • Walking distance: 2 km/ 1.24 miles (round trip).
  • Cost: S/152($40) – The visitor must have tickets for Circuit #1 or 2, more information about circuits here!

Schedules for hiking to the Inca Bridge.

The Inca bridge can be visited from 7 to 15h ONLY and there 400 available tickets per day.

See the schedules:

  • First hour being from 07:00 to 08:00 hours
  • Second hour being from 08:00 to 09:00 hours
  • Third hour being from 09:00 to 10:00 hours
  • Fourth hour being from 10:00 to 11:00
  • Fith hour being from 11:00 to 12:00am
  • Sixth hour being from 12:00 to 13:00
  • Seventh hour being from 13:00 to 14:00
  • Last hour being from 14:00 to 15:00.

*** Everyone who wants to do this extra hike, must have the tickets for circuit 1 or 2.

How to find the trail and how is it?

Small signposts point the way to the trailhead that leads to the Inca Bridge. If you’ve left your guide to explore the site independently and you are having trouble finding the trailhead, ask one of the many Machu Picchu wardens. It’s an easy trek along a decent and relatively flat trail. There are some scary drops along one side, but the path is wide enough to give some sense of security. It might be a challenge if you are not good with heights, but give it a go: It’s worth the effort. You do not need an additional ticket to see the Inca Bridge.