Machu Picchu is, without a doubt, the main travel destination for most tourists in South America, which is why many travelers wonder what the current conditions to visit this enigmatic wonder of the world is. For that reason, we’ve come up with this section, where you’ll get to know the latest Machu Picchu news. Are you ready to visit the Inca Citadel? Read everything about it here.
During the pandemic, the world has been adapting itself to a new normality. Unfortunately, many countries were affected by the COVID-19 outbreak, which is why Peru has implemented different protocols to overcome this now common problem. However, to stop the virus from spreading, the Peruvian government canceled international and national flights, paralyzing the whole country by starting the lockdown on March 16th until July 1st.
Luckily, after all these stressful times, tourism is being gradually activated, which means that many tourist attractions in Peru have reopened, and Machu Picchu is one of them. Although international flights are now possible between many countries within South America and the rest of the world, there are new safety protocols to follow before and during the visit to Machu Picchu.
On November 1st, Machu Picchu reopened its doors to tourism again. Although the pandemic isn’t over yet, new safety protocols have been implemented to guarantee a safe travel experience. One of the benefits of traveling during these times is that most of the archeological sites within Cusco are entrance-free until the end of 2020, including the famous Inca citadel.
Currently, the permanent use of face masks, social distancing, hand sanitizing, and shoe disinfection is mandatory throughout the country, especially in Machu Picchu. Like most of the different establishments in Peru, the Inca Citadel is authorized to use 50% of its capacity. Children under 12 are now allowed in the archeological site. Many of the restrictions were lifted, but some remain in force:
- To go up to Machu Picchu from Aguas Calientes and back, you must purchase a roundtrip bus ticket since the trail to Machu Picchu will remain closed until further notice. The bus's capacity has been reduced to 50% due to social distancing measures, and you must wear a face shield and face mask during the trip.
- If traveling by train, you must present a sworn statement of not presenting any COVID-19 symptoms, the permanent use of face shields and face masks are mandatory throughout the trip. The train’s capacity has also been reduced to 50%.
- Huayna Picchu and Machu Picchu Mountains aren’t currently available. At the moment, only the Inca citadel is receiving visitors.
These measures ensure the safety of all passengers. We encourage you to follow these protocols to protect yourself and others; that way, we’ll have succeeded by traveling responsibly through the country.
At the moment, to get to Machu Picchu you must travel by train or bus. Unfortunately, due to the current lack of control within the trails and the mandatory practice of social distancing, not all the treks are available.
Luckily, the Inca Trail started operating on January 1st from the Route #5 (104 km), meaning that you now can trek to Machu Picchu by taking a 4-6 hour hike passing by the Wiñayawayna and Intipunku monuments before reaching the Inca Citadel. It is worth mentioned that you must purchase a ticket to experience this part of the famous trail.
If you wish to visit the Inca citadel, you must be in the region of Cusco since this will be the starting point of your adventure. The Imperial City of Cusco can be reached by plane or bus; depending on the time that you might have, you could either take a quick trip to visit the citadel and its surroundings, or a longer route to experience different places in between.
As aforementioned, the terrestrial transport’s capacity has been reduced to 50%. Therefore, you must keep this in mind before arranging your trip through Peru since train and bus tickets will be limited.
- Going to Machu Picchu by bus, could be very exhausting since this is a 6-hour drive from Cusco to Hidroelectrica plus a 3-hour walk through the rail tracks from Hidroelectrica to Aguas Calientes. Keep in mind that during the rainy season, heavy downpour of rain is expected throughout this region.
- The quickest way to get to Machu Picchu is by train, either you take the train from Ollantaytambo or the Poroy train station near Cusco, you’ll be arriving to Machu Picchu in a few hours, giving you time to explore the beautiful Aguas Calientes town and then head towards the highlight of your trip.
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Undoubtedly, Machu Picchu has been everyone’s favorite destination while traveling to Peru. Now, we are proud to say that you can safely travel to this wonder of the world. Due to the reduced capacity of the archeological site, it is now possible to experience Machu Picchu with fewer crowds, meaning that you’ll have more photo ops with an unspoiled view of the imposing Inca Citadel.
Besides, the guided tours are now reduced to a maximum of 7 persons per guide, which will give you enough time to explore and learn more about the ancient history of this enigmatic attraction.
Yes, we are aware of the situation we are currently living in, but that doesn’t mean you can’t enjoy this wonderful attraction to its fullest. As long as you keep your mask on and follow the recommended safety protocols, you’ll have an optimal experience through the citadel.
Although we are all looking for a little sense of normality, getting used to this new way of travel can be quite shocking. Therefore, we want to be 100% honest with you by noting that Peru is ready to fill you with joy and renovate your energy to face whatever’s to come in the future.
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