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Machu Picchu, Cultural and Natural Heritage of Humanity has a schedule of anticipation to the public, which is from Monday to Sunday from 06:00 to 17:00, including holidays.  

Machu Picchu is currently open to the public. In fact, the archaeological site of Machu Picchu remains open normally throughout the year. The Machu Picchu closing responds to the fact that some time a natural event happens that threatens its infrastructure. 

Machu Picchu was only closed in recent years, due to natural disasters such as landslides and floods. The last prolonged closure occurred at the end of January 2010. The landslides damaged the railway that connects Aguas Calientes (Machu Picchu town) with the rest of the country. Being the only access route; without trains to Machu Picchu, you will not be able to access the Inca city. 

Also, there was a temporary closure of the Machu Picchu mountains. Said closure was programmed as follows:  

  • Mountain Machu Picchu; from April 1 - 15, 2016.
  • Mountain Huayna Picchu; from April 16 - 30, 2016. 

This closure did not affect at all the enter to the Historic Sanctuary of Machu Picchu.  

 

Machu Picchu closing 

Every year, some visitors are confused about the opening hours of the Inca Trail and Machu Picchu. 

Unlike Machu Picchu, the Inca Trail closes for one month each year. The Inca Trail closes for maintenance throughout the month of February (making it the least popular and wettest month of the year and reopens on March 1.

Every year during the month of February, maintenance works are carried out on the routes of the Inca Trail. The Inca Trail is one of the best 5 walks in the world. Unfortunately, this hiking trail closes in February of each year. However, this does not affect the entrance to the Inca citadel of Machu Picchu. In this article we will explain in more detail why Machu Picchu will NOT be closed in February 2019. 

If you want to reserve the Inca trail Book 2019, you obviously have to avoid February or choose an alternative route. 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 get upset with the rain. 

 

Machu Picchu closing 2019 

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 roads 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 probability of rainbows. An unforgettable scene.  

The sale of Machu Picchu tickets 2019 to the 'Inca City' does not close in February. Machu Picchu remains open all year except for some emergency situation 

 

Huayna Picchu closes in February?

Like Machu Picchu, the Huayna Picchu mountain is open all year, including February. The Waynapicchu mountain is considered one of the best short walks in the world. Tickets must be purchased 3 or 4 months before.  

 

READ MORE: HUAYNA PICCHU TICKETS 2019

 

So, how to get to Machu Picchu in February?

As you can see, entering Machu Picchu on the Inca Trail in February is impossible. If you only have free time to visit Machu Picchu in February, you will have to arrive by train through a 2 hour trip through the Sacred Valley. Another option is to get to Machu Picchu through the alternative route of Hydroelectric. This form is longer (lasts 7 hours approximately) but more full of adventure. 

 

The Closure of the Inca Trail 

The Inca Trail Machu Picchu, the 42-kilometer hiking route to Machu Picchu, is closed during February. The natural wear combined with the impact of the visit of the travelers forces to carry out maintenance works on the route. While the road closes during February, the citadel of Machu Picchu does not. The entrance from the town of Aguas Calientes via bus is enabled 365 days a year.  

During February, Machu Picchu has fewer visitors than usual, so one of the advantages of visiting Machu Picchu in February is that there will be fewer people occupying the services of lodging and food in Aguas Calientes, trains to Machu Picchu and there will also be fewer people inside the citadel. Additionally, some services have lower prices.  

 

Alternatives to the Inca Trail in February 

You can choose between one of the tours by train and enjoy the way to one of the 7 Wonders of the Modern World in a different way: you can do the tour to Machu Picchu in 1 full day or the 2 day Sacred Valley to Machu Picchu tour with overnight in the town of Aguas Calientes. 

But, if you want to get to Machu Picchu walking in February, you can choose other incredible routes.  

 

  • The Inca Jungle: Offers one of the most adventurous ways to get to Machu Picchu. It combines downhill biking, rafting, zip-line and hiking. 
  • Salkantay trek 2019: This alternative hike lasts 5 days. It crosses the imposing snowy Salkantay at 4,650 m.s. until arriving at Machu Picchu passing through Aguas Calientes. 

RELATED READ: SALKANTAY TREK 10 IMPORTANT TIPS FOR YOUR ADVENTURE

 

 

  • Lares Trek: This trek has many variations. The starting point is the town of Lares in Cusco. After 4 days of hiking, you will arrive at Machu Picchu

 

 

 

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