Machu Picchu set to reopen April 1

Machu Picchu set to reopen April 1

February 17, 2010

The Peruvian government has set April 1 as the target date for reopening the famed citadel of Machu Picchu, Peruvian Trade and Tourism Minister Martin Perez announced today.

“The citadel is intact and we expect to receive visitors starting April 1,” Perez said.  The ruins were cut off when roads and railways were severely damaged by heavy rain and flooding.

The following are the expected operating dates:

Cuzco/Puno: should be operating beginning February 22

– Piscaucucho/Machu Picchuu: should be operating at the beginning of April (Piscacucho is the departing point of the Inca Trail and is located 50 minutes by van/bus from Ollantaytambo.)

– Ollantaytambo/Machu Picchu: should be operating at the beginning of May

While Machu Picchu is currently inaccessible, Cuzco itself and many sites in the Sacred Valley remain open, accessible, and the most uncrowded they have been in many years.  If you don’t mind missing Machu Picchu itself, now is actually an excellent time to visit Cuzco!

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