Machu Picchu Closed as Cleanup and Repairs Begin

Machu Picchu Closed as Cleanup and Repairs Begin

February 1, 2010

The famed citadel of Machu Picchu is temporarily closed, as cleanup and repairs begin following severe flooding last week.    The rail lines and roads in the area were severely damaged by the worst flooding in known memory.

The town of Cuzco and the ruins in the immediate Cuzco area remain functional and open for business.  The actual ruins of Machu Picchu are undamaged.  However, the rail line and road that connect Machu Picchu to the outside world have been heavily damaged.  In many areas, the rail line has been completely washed away.  Perurail estimated that full repairs will take eight weeks:.  They hope to complete repairs on the first section within three weeks, which will allow hiking on the famed Inca Trail to resume.  The Ministry of Culture has indicated that Machu Picchu will reopen as soon as the Inca Trail reopens.

If you are scheduled to visit Cuzco in February, you might wish to consider rescheduling for another date.  Please contact your Exito agent to discuss your options.

{ 3 comments }

Dr Jill February 16, 2010 at 11:47 am

I live in Cusco, and can report that although travel to MP is not presently possible, there is still plenty to do here. Cusco is a thriving city, many many sacred sites and ruins to visit, a happening music and night club scene, the could be the base camp for a trip into the jungle instead of trip to Machu piccu. The city of Cusco is just fine! Come anyway.

Upratovanie July 28, 2010 at 9:32 am

thx for article good job, have a nice day!

escorts October 24, 2010 at 8:38 pm

I’ve been to Quito, Ecuador (lived there for a few years) and recommend if you are planning to visit this site before its ready date, making a stop in Quito is a very good option that is not only relatively close to Machu Picchu, but also a great tourist area itself. After all, the Inca Empire was also spread throughout Ecuador.

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