Heavy Rains Close Machu Picchu – Disaster Declared in Cuzco

Heavy Rains Close Machu Picchu – Disaster Declared in Cuzco

January 27, 2010

Days of torrential rains have pounded Cuzco and the Sacred Valley, resulting in widespread flooding, landslides, and washouts.  Bridges and roads have been heavily damaged, making travel difficult and in some cases impossible.  The entire Sacred Valley region has been declared a disaster zone by the Peruvian government.

The ruins of Machu Picchu are closed.  Some 2,000 stranded tourists await evacuation in Aguas Calientes. Both the road and the railway line are currently closed.  Approximately 60 injured or more fragile tourists were evacuated by helicopter yesterday.

Ten helicopters have been sent to the region to evacuate Machu Picchu – the plan being to airlift the stranded tourists to Ollantaytambo, where they would make a slow journey to Pisaq and then Cusco via damage roads held open by heavy machinery.

However,  the bridge in Ollantaytambo has now washed out,throwing that plan into disarray.

If you are scheduled to travel to Cuzco within the next few days, Exito Travel strongly recommends you consider delaying your trip.  While major carriers are not allowing free date changes on flights to Lima, Lan Peru is waiving the change fee for tickets to Cuzco for travel between Jan. 27 and Jan. 30.


nile cruises March 1, 2010 at 4:38 pm

thank yooooooooooooou

Pam November 22, 2010 at 2:54 pm

Yes, the situation was kind of difficult by a period of time but now everything is turning better and that means that both travelers and residents had a better place to enjoy visiting and living. I travelled to Cusco this year, to the sacred valley where I stayed at the “Hotel Tambo Del Inka, a Luxury Collection Resort & Spa, a magnificent 5 stars hotel. It was an experience like no other. Apart from the wonders that the zone holds, the Hotel has an incredible structure and first class services. The Spa and the Restaurant are outstanding, the novoandina food is delightful. Here you have their link if you wish more info: http://www.libertador.com.pe/en/2/1/8/sacred-valley-hotel.

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