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Is Machu Picchu closing? This is a rumor that is strangely persistent lately.

The short answer to all of these questions is NO. Machu Picchu is currently open to the public, and it will remains open throughout the year. The closure of Machu Picchu responds to the fact that at some point a natural event occurs that threatens its infrastructure. It is only the Inca Trail that will be temporarily closed in February 2020


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Nevertheless, in 2020 Machu Picchu is going through a lot of changes. For example, did you know that the schedules to visit this beautiful citadel changed from 2020? In total 5,940 people will be able to purchase Machu Picchu tickets 2020 every day, into 3 schedules (from 6 a.m at 9 a.m.; from 9 a.m at 12 p.m.; and from 12 p.m at 2 p.m.). These New Machu Picchu Restrictions 2020 have changed the way people get to visit Machu Picchu forcing tour operators to change the way they used to operate tours.




If you want to know more about Machu Picchu New Schedules, visit this site → MACHU PICCHU RESTRICTIONS 2020


Some people have misunderstood these changes which have led to a bunch of misleading information on the web. So, it is essential to understand why this is the case and what to do about it.


Here are a few examples:

The Inca Trail to Machu Picchu is closed during February 2020. Since 2001, The new Machu Picchu restrictions 2020 regarding the management and preservation of the Inca Trail demand its temporary closure for the whole month of  February due to safety matters and harsh weather conditions. Heavy rains and landslides occur during this time while park officials carry out works of  maintenance of trails, reconstruction of bridges and improvement of toilets and campsites.




However, the closure of the Inca trail on February 2020 does not mean that Machu Picchu will be closed too. Machu Picchu has a calendar of attention to the public, which is from Monday to Sunday from 06:00 to 17:00, including holidays. Only the Inca trail closes temporarily while Machu Picchu remains open year round.We do not recommend anyone to hike to Machu Picchu by any of the alternative treks  due to safety issues.

Sometimes, unexpected changes can occur, but they do not mean that Machu Picchu is closing forever. The last prolonged closure occurred at the end of January 2010. The landslides damaged the railway that connects Aguas Calientes (the city of Machu Picchu) with the rest of the country, being the only access road. Without trains to Machu Picchu, you will not be able to access the Inca city.


So, how can I get to Machu Picchu when Inca Trail closes?

If youu want to book the Inca Trail in 2020, obviously you should avoid February or choose an alternative route of climbing Machu Picchu. If, on the other hand, you want to go directly to Machu Picchu, February is still a viable month to visit, as long as you do not bother with the rain.


Remember that, February is one of the months of the low season in Machu Picchu. One of the reasons for the low influx of visitors is the rainy season from December to March. These rains can make the stone paths become a bit slippery and the fog is constant. On the other hand, during the days of light rain you can see a landscape of Machu Picchu with few clouds and the probability of rainbows. An unforgettable scene.


Trips to Machu Picchu

If you only have free time to visit Machu Picchu in one day, you will have to arrive by train in a 2 hour trip to Machu Picchu through the Sacred Valley.


Travel by train through the Sacred Valley to the city of Aguas Calientes, then take a bus to the citadel of Machu Picchu. Enjoy a guided tour and then free time to take pictures and tour the city on your own. In the afternoon take a train back to the city.Another option is to reach Machu Picchu through the alternative hydroelectric route. This form is longer (lasts about 7 hours) but is more full of adventures.


Sacred-Valley-&-Machu-Picchu-TourSACRED VALLEY & MACHU PICCHU TOUR

Also, you can choose between one of the train trips to Machu Picchu and enjoy one of the 7 Wonders of the Modern World in a different way: you can do the trips to Machu Picchu in a full day or in the Sacred Valley 2 days Tour to Machu Picchu with overnight in the town of aguas calientes. You will travel through impressive landscapes in Sacred Valley marked by small adobe villages with traditionally dressed quechua inhabitants, small farms and agricultural terraces.


Alternatives to Climbing Machu Picchu in February:

Even if the Inca Trail is closed in February, there are other incredible routes for climbing Machu Picchu:




The Inca Jungle offers one of the most adventurous route of climbing Machu Picchu. It combines downhill cycling, rafting, zip-lining and hiking.



This alternative trek lasts 5 days. Cross the imposing snowy Salkantay at 4,650 m until you reach Machu Picchu passing through Aguas Calientes.




This trek has many variations. The starting point is the city of Lares in Cusco. After 4 days of walking, you will arrive at Machu Picchu.


What is the Future of Visiting Machu Picchu?

You can expect more drastic changes in the future. Plans to further limit the freedom of visitors at the site have already been drawn up. These will confine the visit to a more controlled route through the site, as opposed to the free-roaming exploration we’re currently allowed.


For visitors to Machu Picchu, there will undoubtedly be positives and negatives if and when such plans are implemented. But for the Historic Sanctuary of Machu Picchu, it means a vital step towards guaranteeing the health of the site and its future preservation.


Which, long term, guards against the actual threat of Machu Picchu closing for extended periods.



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